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Paint With What You Got

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from the SouthWest of Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.

About this photo: “I can remember as a kid at grade school, I was always envious of the kids that showed up with the huge 92 pack of crayons. Heck, that big box even had its own sharpener built into the back of the box. I was lucky if I got the small box of 16.

I really didn’t know what I might create if only I had all of those colors to choose from. Truth is I would not of had any more creativity with 92 colors.

It has taken me years, and I am still learning that it isn’t how large your palette is, it is more how you mix with what you got.

I still jump all over the place with my creativity and I shoot such a hodgepodge of subject matter. I read of how you need to find your niche, your voice, your passion, style, genre your ….. But, I still love that big box of crayons and I keep looking for my true color.

Paint with what you got!”

More from Jim at his website.

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19 comments on “Paint With What You Got

  1. shoe1000
    April 13, 2014

    Jim
    Thanks for your creativity. I too feel somewhat restricted because of my history, but when I saw those buildings I just loved them! Thanks
    Jim

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    • Developing A New Image
      April 13, 2014

      Jim…..got to kick that history in the ass…….thanx for your kind words, I loved those buildings too, they pulled me right of the road……….j

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  2. Nest Full of Birds
    April 13, 2014

    I LOVE this post. It’s simple, but deep. You speak right to the heart. Don’t change! 🙂

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  3. Nest Full of Birds
    April 13, 2014

    Reblogged this on Nest Full Of Birds and commented:
    I love this simple, yet deep post that speaks right to the heart.

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  4. Merilee
    April 13, 2014

    I have found, at least for me, that I work best within limits. As I have evolved I now purposely place myself within specific confines because I can pull the best out of myself within boundaries. This extends to everything…even with photo processing. Keep it tight, limited and simple.

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci

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    • Developing A New Image
      April 13, 2014

      Merilee….limits, oh how it is hard to color in the lines ( no matter the number of colors you use….j

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  5. blueribbonfair
    April 13, 2014

    So bright and beautiful that landscape.

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    • Developing A New Image
      April 13, 2014

      Blueribbon…..thax for the kind words. It was a pretty place even if it had been deserted for quite a time….j

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  6. Paula McLane Jennings
    April 13, 2014

    love the crayon analogy. When I was growing up the big box with the sharpener only had 64 and even that was far more than would get really used. I would get a new box each Christmas it was always my favorite present – well that and a doll. You captured the vibrant colors in your photo wonderfully!

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    • Developing A New Image
      April 13, 2014

      P…..now that you bring it up, it probably was 64. I have always been it the favor of hyperbole!……j

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  7. Susan Thompson
    April 13, 2014

    I love your capture here! What a happy image. Your niche? Wonder and resolute. Thank you.

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    • Developing A New Image
      April 13, 2014

      Susan….wonder & resolute, I guess by being in the awe of that, I must not be so resolute…..those are some kind words and I thank you…..j

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  8. I Give God all the Glory
    April 13, 2014

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Developing A New Image
      April 13, 2014

      Dear I give God all the glory… me also, and thank you….en theos monos….j

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    • autisticaplanet
      April 15, 2014

      I like your pseudonym. God gives us wonderful gifts..takes a time to find them sometimes. He gave everyone on this blog a gift to show their pain to the world..that we all might heal. I give Him the same.

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  9. autisticaplanet
    April 15, 2014

    Your photo is so boldly popping with colors. It reminds me a bit of the boldness & creativity of those on the autistic spectrum.

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  10. Fotografos en monterrey
    April 16, 2014

    Nice photo

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