I highly recommend the work/blog/inspirations of artist extrordinaire Larry Calkins. See the work of
Larry Calkins at http://calkinsart.com/photography/and at http://calkinsart.com/. When I first met Larry at a workshop in Seattle at Pratt, I was overwhelmed by his creative spirit. And I continue to be amazed by his abilities to help other artists see the world in whole new ways every day. Larry and his colleague and artistic goddess Kamla Kakaria continue to be primary mentors/critics/shamen for me as I travel on the artistic path.
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