Creative Steps

One challenge to my self-discovery was embarking on a journey of creative intent.  It began with many baby steps and much frustration.  I’m still crossing the bridge to materializing my vision for a photograph, but I’m pursuing the goal with joyous curiosity, learning the fine touches of digital art.  Two years ago, I didn’t even have a clue how to crop an image. The above photo is a combination of using a filter and split tones.


Creative blueprint evolved in youth

Set aside for adult responsibilities

Shift occurs in retirement years

Steps taken to find joy

With deep intent

Creative spark re-emerges

Challenge accepted

Thrill of exploration

Leads to new beginnings


V. J.’s Challenge: Intent

Frank’s Challenge: Challenge

Patrick’s Challenge: Steps




About Olga

I have always had an affinity for artistic endeavors and the beauties of nature. The power of the word combined with photography have become my creative spark.
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26 Responses to Creative Steps

  1. sgeoil says:

    I like what you did with the photo. Wonderful that you are now able to spend time exploring the creative with intent!

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  2. V.J. Knutson says:

    I resonate with this completely! Creative spark has found such purpose post 60. Love the image!

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  3. Hélène Vaillant says:

    Beautiful image. How fortunate that you now find yourself able to spend the time on what you love to do.

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    • Olga says:

      Thank-you, Helene. I even got my degree in Fine Arts from York University and I let it all go, until photography was introduced into my life. Interesting how things change for the better. 🙂

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  4. theresaly520 says:

    I really enjoyed your poem here. It’s true! How often do we set aside our creative spark from childhood to attend to adult responsibilities. I love this sense of journey.

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  5. Arati says:

    I like the effect you have created in this photo. It has a dreamlike quality to it. I enjoy following you exploration of digital photography, it inspires me.

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  6. An amazing picture! I wish I had time to explore photography more but not enough hours in the

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  7. AmyRose🌹 says:

    I just LOVE this picture, Olga. I adore the effects you created. Good for you for trying new and discovering more of what you can do. Yay for you!

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  8. I love the textures and tones a good paint filter can draw from a photographic image. Well done here, Olga. ❤

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    • Olga says:

      Thanks, Patrick. I have recently been introduced to GIMP by my daughter and I’m loving exploring the possibilities with it. Don’t want to get too extreme with PS, but love the subtle changes it can create. 🙂


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  12. Hammad Rais says:

    Very nice work, both with words and snap 🙂

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  13. Olga, I think this is beautiful! Congratulations on your commitment to your photography. That must be so rewarding. Blessings for your next steps – and have a happy New Year.

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