Friday, March 24, 2017

New Obsessions

Instagram image by Donna Watson
book:  In Praise of Shadows by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki

I was so surprised when I came to blogger to write a new blog post,  and saw that my last blog post was December 2016.  I guess that old saying, TIME FLIES, is true.  I remember when I used to be obsessed with Flickr... looking for artists to follow and finding wonderful imagery... and I still love my 'favorites' there (which you can find at my sidebar).   Then Pinterest came along, and my time and obsession moved to pinning fabulous images and finding wonderful artists... and I liked the process of pinning images into categories making them easy to find.  During this time, I still found time to write my blog posts, look for artists to follow, and leave comments.  But this past year or so, I started traveling so much more as I taught workshops all over the U.S.... and now I am leaving soon for Australia and New Zealand to teach workshops there.  So my blog has gone almost silent.  And now I  have moved on to my new love... Instagram.  I like taking my own images and posting them and finding new artists to follow there.... a new obsession.

Instagram image by Donna Watson
The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

So Instagram has become my new obsession...  and the images I am posting here are some of my posts that included a book.... some of my favorite books, arranged with some of my favorite collections or obsessions... I seem to have a lot of obsessions!

Instagram image by Donna Watson
Evidence of Evolution 

I do recommend these books...  

Instagram image by Donna Watson
Breathe by Jean Hall

I do want to recommend BREATHE by Jean Hall...  which includes simple breathing techniques for a calmer, happier life.  Breathe helps you to increase energy levels, improve your sleep, instill a sense of calm, and reduce stress.

Instagram images by Donna Watson
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit

I also recommend HOPE IN THE DARK: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit.
"Hope is a gift you don't have to surrender, a power you don't have to throw away."  RS
This book has been reissued recently, because of the times we are experiencing currently in our country.

Instagram image by Donna Watson
Burn the Diaries by Moyra Davey

If interested, you can find all my Instagram posts here.

Instagram image by Donna Watson

Instagram image by Donna Watson



Tammie Lee said...

They are wonderful images,
overflowing with eye candy.
I will look for you on IG.
I wish you a wonderful time in NZ & OZ

linda said...

I do miss your blog and thank you for having it. But tbh, I too am reading fewer and fewer blogs, having moved on to IG also (and being distracted, often with emotion, by too many "shiny object" breaking news stories.) I enjoyed Pinterest and still occasionally go there, but their new notifications make no sense to me and has had a cooling effect on how often I check pins and others' boards. I've asked them to no avail to go back to the old notifications categories. Similarly, find Tumblr cumbersome to follow. Thanks for the book recs combined in today's blog--since it comes to my email inbox, I do know when you write a blogpost. I'll look for you over on IG.

Valerianna said...

These are beautiful images. I've enjoyed your pins on Pinterest. I, too, seemed to have left my blog unattended for MONTHS! I hope to remedy that, but so far, it hasn't happened. I haven't entered the instagram world yet, but I suppose I'm still in the honeymoon stages with Pinterest! Sounds like a lovely time for you with teaching and traveling.

Lynn Taylor said...

Where are you teaching in New Zealand? Anywhere near Dunedin in the South Island?

Barry said...

Hi D - so many folk are making the move to Instagram. I think there is a place for the various methods of communication, promotion and discussion. I still find the blog gives me a bit more of an opportunity to share process. I created an Instagram account but haven't used it - there is only so much time. Go well. B

ruma said...


Brilliant works.
Thank you for your visiting always.

I wish You all the best.
Greeting and hug.

From Japan, ruma ❃

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Sherry Pierce Thurner said...

I miss your blog posts. I was on Instagram for a while, but left it in an effort to simplify my daily life.