Nature Graphics: Right as Rain in the Eye of the Hurricane

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‘I’m right as rain in the eye of the hurricane.’- K’lee L. © 2016

Storms; hurricanes, twisters, cyclones, and the like can be destructive natural events. But, they are of nature and as such, will probably keep springing up around the planet being destructive so long as there is a planet to spring up on…

I was actually born during a hurricane. I can’t tell you too much about it as I was too busy focusing on making my way into the world to notice details. What I do know is I’ve always been called to storms. I’m calmed by them and nothing else in nature for me feels quite like being in the midst of one.

The photo above, made into a ‘storm graphic’, is not depicting an actual storm coming. I didn’t need to change anything about the sky because that’s how it looked when I pressed the shutter on my camera.

I’m pleased with what the camera saw and with what I was later able to rearrange and create what for me looks like … a coming storm.

You’ll find this one hanging out over at my FAA site too. Lately, I’ve taken to creating variations- changed colors, composited additions; things like that just to… create variations.

I suppose if this were an actual storm bearing down on me and my camera, I’d be okay. I like to think I’d be ‘right as rain in the eye of the hurricane’.

K’lee L. © 2016 all rights reserved.

50 thoughts on “Nature Graphics: Right as Rain in the Eye of the Hurricane

          • I smell a novel. 😉 I wrote a short novel when I was in my twenties about someone who could fly. No other powers, just the ability to fly. It was a quirkly little book. The ability to absorb a storm? Hmm…

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          • Ooohh, I like where you’re going with this… How about … able to absorb and deflect the fury of a storm, but with decidedly ‘hazardous’ psychological effects, which make him seek out bigger and bigger storms… with bigger and bigger consequences…???

            I also like the idea of a story based on someone who ‘just can fly’ no extras, but then government officials become aware…???

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          • I honestly don’t remember, other than he had to defend himself against petty jealousy. And communists! (I know, I was young.)
            Yeah, I like that. Bigger storms, bigger consequences. And the psychological effects make it even more intriguing.

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          • You could (if there’s time?) tackle it from the perspective of who you are now and how the ‘now’ you imagines this individual would deal with the power(sorry) of flight.

            I’d be willing to give the ‘storm-chaser’ a shot, but I’m thinking at this point I’d better open a new ‘writing only’ space so I can get back to it…

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          • I will keep it in mind. I’m working on something right now that’s really grabbed my attention, but I can see revisiting the idea. I like the idea of approaching an old story with a mature and experienced perspective. I think we need more free hours in the days to give us time to work on our ambitions.

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          • I may have to put a little something out there because this idea is now firmly entrenched in my head. (see what you’ve gone and done!)
            Maybe a bit of ‘serialized flash fiction’? Something fun, but not too time consuming so as to let me stay on track with other projects… You’re right by the way… not enough hours in the day to play… until we decide we can’t live any other way…?

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          • Glad to help. 😀 Sign me up, I’d read it. You could play with it for awhile, a piece here and there, just to see if you get a feel for it.You never know. It would be great if someone would pay us enough to be creative all day. But I’m happy enough to do on my own dime. If money were the only impetus, it wouldn’t be art, but something manufactured.

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          • All right, the ideas are starting to flow. I do think it’s manageable with short pieces built up over time. I wouldn’t need a new space doing it that way.

            Yes, thinking about being creative- getting paid to be creative all day? What a world that would be!

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          • It is exciting, Steven, that’s why you should be a part of it… you gave it life and bought it into the world. Imagine: if three words were all you felt to contribute on a given day… those three words are enough because they are true to what you wanted to contribute. The ultimate goal? Simple- enjoy, create, explore, imagine, laugh, wonder, be free… then do it all over again!

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          • Your enthusiasm is contagious, K’lee. I see it as something serialized… a handful of words every day (or whenever) that might seem meaningless at first. But over time, they come together thematically. Like looking at a painting close up, it looks like blobs of paint, but pulling back, the picture reveals itself.
            I don’t know that I gave it life, I think we both contributed to it.
            I like this!

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          • Haha! Enthusiasm is a great thing. Yes, it need not be paragraphs long. As you so wisely stated, over time it’s full message and meaning will reveal itself. And yes, you are the Father of the idea. My suggestions couldn’t have happened without your input. I see something great on the near horizon…

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          • I think ideas are meant to be shared… that’s why we do what we do. I’m always happy if I can somehow spark the imagination in someone. Where these thoughts and ideas come from, I don’t know. A higher power? Or a deep well of remembrance / experience. Passion leads to art leads to sharing. A few words is sometimes all that it takes if there’s someone receptive to it. I agree, there could be something great on the horizon.

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          • I agree, ideas are meant to be shared, and in some cased expanded upon. I also agree it takes ‘receptive’ individuals to both receive the initial impulse and to see its other possibilities.

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          • My understanding is put ninety percent of the eggs in the ‘artistic integrity ‘ basket, ten percent in the ‘striving’ for an audience. If you build it and believe it, they will come…

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          • It just seems to me there’s this fine line all artists looking to express themselves through their work/ bring attention to their work/ possibly create some sort of financial input from their work must walk. As much as I’d love to find a good balance of all these things in what I do, those lines are constantly shifting, causing my perspective to constantly shift with them…
            The one facet in all these I DO have a bit of control over is in maintaining a positive vibe for what I create. I’ve seen it time and again, people do feel that energy so it’s up to us to do what we can to keep those fires burning hot!

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          • I go through long period periods of non-writing (relative, I suppose, I’m always writing SOMETHING), when there’s nothing but embers. But my current project has me extremely excited and passionate again. It’s very ambitious and daunting. When something like this comes along, you study upon it, and then jump.
            Positivity is crucial, along with confidence and a clear vision. It doesn’t always happen, but when it does, great things can happen. Book sales are the least of my concerns… if they come, great! Ha… another starving artist, but hopefully a contented one. 🙂

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          • Yes, I understand you! I’ve had projects show up literally out of thin air that were so enticing I didn’t dare say anything but yes. If they required a time comittmen, I had to sometimes remind myself along the way why I was doing it and that the reward- the completion would be worth it at the end of the road. I’m grateful for those types of challenges as they’ve stretched me and made me better at being me.
            At the same tim, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve had my doubts too; doubts which froze me into indecisiveness and lost opportunity. You are right, positivity is key along with knowing some days staying in bed helps too! My biggest goals revolve around staying true to who I am, but being open enough to embrace change when I know it’s needed to evolve to the next level of me-ness.

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          • Doubts are a big part of it, I agree. But think of all the great artists who were paralyzed with self-doubt. It’s — what? — a side-effect of art. Those without the passion don’t doubt, or struggle with the work. They move onto the next thing. I’ve struggled with doubt my whole life, and even gave up writing for a couple of years because the words sounded much better in my head than on the page. But I couldn’t give it up for good because… I don’t know why, but it’s important that I don’t. I’ve sold just over 30 copies of Ordinary Handsome in the last year and a half. Discouraged, sure, but not enough to stop me. The next one will be better because the talent grows with use. I think if you say it’s good, it is. Ultimately, you have the final word.

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          • Yes, I think many of us would be surprised to know some of the world’s greats struggled in one form or another with believing in their gifts; in their ability to translate what they imagined into a tangible, coherent work. It’s easy to see the Mona Lisa claiming a prominent spot in a well known gallery or museum (I saw her in the Louvre in Paris!) and not realize she wasn’t created in a single day. You say you got to a point of giving up your writing? I know that feeling too because I’ve been there more than once. Selling 30 copies of a book in a year can NEVER be the standard or value of your gift. It’s so much bigger than that and it’s STILL available, it’s still out there in the world where more than ever people from around the GLOBE can discover it, realize they relate to the story you’ve told, and wholly embrace it. Never stop believing in ‘Ordinarily Handsome’, Steven. Take a moment occasionally and breathe some new love its way. Why? Because you never know.

            I think of all the ways I like to express myself, I’m most critical of my writing. I can get so completely lost in the creation of a world, or a character, or the rush that comes when you know you’ve stepped aside and allowed the story to pour through your fingers, but then I can sometimes open the door to doubt and let it cripple the flow, the good vibes, the Muse’s gifts. It’s why I spoke to you of creating a new space just for writing. Perhaps I need to let it breathe on its own and I can enter that space unconcerned with word counts or opinions and just focus on craft, structure, the telling of a good story. Yes, that will eventually involve other people and I look want more of that experience too, but in the beginning just allowing the growth, the writing, the love of the craft to matter most… I think I could drum up some enthusiasm for a space like that and yes, again you’re right- ultimately, we have the final word!

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          • Some days, when I think about it, my thoughts are either, ‘well crap, I only sold 30 copies’, to ‘wow, I sold 30 copies!’ Depends on where my mind is at the time. Self-promotion is not my strong suit (or any suit, really), so it is what it is. I read somewhere that indie writers need to put in 90% of their creative time to self-promotion if they want to be ‘successful’. Who has time for that? As you said earlier, if the work is good and valid, it will find an audience. They will come, and I’ll keep writing.
            Writing is something I’ve done all my life, and it’s really the only thing that consumes me. I can’t paint or draw, sing or dance. I’m decent with a camera, but almost all of my creative energy has been on writing. All my eggs are definitely in that one basket, but that’s cool.
            I think you have so much you want to express and explore that your talents are amazingly diverse… photography, art, writing, and I tip my hat to you, sir… talent that runs so deep that it can’t be contained in a single form. That’s amazing to me. My wife is the same… she writes, draws, paints, is a good photographer, and she struggles with them all. And she’s a damn fine writer. The point being, we need to support one another in times of doubt and struggle. Every artist needs that encouragement and belief… it’s our bread and water. Writing is a hard and solitary endeavor, and we put ourselves through it because we need to or we start to wither. That’s true of any artist. I think it’s always a serious struggle to lay out our interpretation of anything. As long as it’s honest and fulfilling, it’s worth the struggle. So write and write some more, K’lee. The audience is there, your voice is true, and, of course, the encouragement is there. 🙂

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          • I’m convinced the real trick is to be okay with whatever comes up emotionally. Owning what we feel is the first step to making what we feel work for us.
            I also believe there’s a bigger reason say you’ve written all your life and see it as an ‘all eggs in one basket’ scenario. I’m convinced we are also continuing the work of our ancestors; especially the ones who had the same gifts.

            Marketing? Yes, that’s a whole other college degree, isn’t it? Ironically, these days more artists in all genres are making the effort to understand what they need to do to market their work successfully. On the other end of the spectrum, I’m seeing plenty ‘business-minded’ individuals racing to understand ‘real creativity’ in order to incorporate it into what they do… Tides shift all the time…

            I get where your wife’s coming from! When I’m deep in the creative process, it’s all good. I can and do let myself be transported, but like many others, I sometimes wonder: Is it good enough? Will people like what I’m doing? How will I market this and get it to lots of people? Should I?

            You’re right again in that we do all need encouragement and support, but what I’m learning is if we aren’t that person for ourselves first and foremost, nothing anyone else says or does will have as great an impact as it could…

            As for the writing, yes I’m more disciplined with it now than ever. My first novel is a three-part sprawling bit, and I have one other that’s smaller(!), a bit more tongue-in-cheek and ‘light hearted’. I’m a SCIFI/FANTASY guy so these works are built around those elements.

            Here’s hoping we both continue doing what we do and enjoying the process as it takes us right where we need to be…

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