A Small Amount of Courage
A Small Amount of Courage
By: Karen Divine, Designer, Tania Vasallo
“A Small Amount of Courage” is a book about personal insights, using art as a path towards awareness.
Note: The ePub file is ePub 3 fixed format and best viewed using an iOS device such as an iPad. If you do not have an iPad, it is recommended to purchase the PDF eBook.
As an artist, tapping into your own creative spirit is first and foremost, a matter of developing awareness. This inner awareness helps you quiet the senses, allowing the unconscious to reveal rich imagery. As Rainer Maria Rilke expressed so beautifully in Letters to a Young Poet, “describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty – describe these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember.” It requires a small amount of courage to unravel such intimacy. Imagery is the language of the soul, and when it’s allowed to flow from your intuition, it will reveal profound insights. It taps into a deep spiritual truth. Once you know this place, you can tap into it at any time and use your creative process as a meditation. All the images in this book were shot and composited on the iPhone using various camera apps as well as apps that allow for creating layers and blends. Karen teaches workshops around the globe and her images and workshop schedule can be seen on her website www.karendivinephotography.com.
Karen Divine was first introduced to photography in the early 70’s and went on to study painting, drawing and alternative photographic processes. After learning Photoshop in 2001 she began creating the images she imagined using her photos as a palette. During the past three years she has transferred that process to the iphone. While learning to create a beautiful single image is crucial to being a fine art photographer, the multi-image is what speaks to her heart. She has won numerous International Awards including Discovery of the Year Nominee with the International Photography Awards in NYC 2011, First Place in Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Julia Margaret Cameron, Prix de la Photographie Gold Award, Eyephonegraphy #3 in Madrid on Tour through Spain 2013, WPGA Pollux Award First Place, Texas Photographic Print Program, and the CFAP just to name a few. Her work is in private collections around the world.
She currently teaches classes with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, takes groups to India as well as private mentoring. Visit her online at www.karendivinephotography.com and www.karendivineblog.com.
Designer, Tania Vasallo
Tania Vasallo studied Visual Communication at St. Louis University and Art Direction at Miami Ad School where she met her husband and business partner. Once she finished school she went on to become a successful Art Director for advertising agencies in Miami and New York. For over ten years, Tania developed unique creative for some of the world's biggest clients: AT&T Wireless, Samsung, Mcdonalds, KFC, Starbucks and Nabisco.
After years in the advertising industry and working for big clients she decided that her values were no longer aligned with what the clients were trying to sell. It was in 2007 that she Co-founded SkyBat Studio with her husband offering creative services (advertising, design, photography, consulting) to clients that are contributing to better this world. Tania is also a professional photographer, teacher, mentor and coach, always leading others into experiencing creative inspiration and growth.
You can contact Tania or see more of her work at SkybatStudio.com