Welcome to the weekend. Welcome to my Saturday linky party – s~A(R)T~urday!

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” Auguste Rodin

It has gotten quiet around here hasn’t it? And just to clarify I am talking about me, not you. You are awesome. Every week you are sharing your latest creations here with me, with us. Which is why s~A(R)T~urday is here to stay. But – it will become even more quiet as I am contemplating taking a break from my Wordless Wednesday. Shocker, I know. Stopping the one post that should come easiest to me? Want to know why?

It feels like a rat race.

When I started my WW linkups some time ago it was a true Wednesday post. And they felt fun. There were a few other WW posts that I would be linking with – no stress. Then it became the Tuesday on Wednesday WW. Alright, no problem, I usually got it ready the night before anyhow. Then there was a transition to starting it on Monday. Seriously?! Didn’t go there.

But that is just one aspect that kept bothering me, the lesser one. The other one is that there are so many linkups and nearly everybody who is posting a WW adds their own linkup. Which, of course, is totally fine. Yet as a result – there are now a gazillion link ups out there. All competing for the most participants. And when do you get the most participants? When you link up 1) on all the big ones and 2) do it early early early = Monday, Tuesday at the latest and 3) leave a comment. Then there may be reciprocation in the form of links on your own WW. But – why? Tell me why? The idea of a linkup is not to ‘link & run’, but to find other like-minded people and explore their site. Have you done that? I  know I am guilty of not having done that in a while, because of – you know it – time.

A few times over the past weeks I stopped myself from joining this rat race, and simply posted my linkup without any or hardly any visiting and linking on other WW i.e. no (self) promotion. The result – have a look at this week’s WW post – two participants, five comments and they all are my virtual friends, who follow my blog and who I follow, too. Given, it is summer and school break, some are away and we are all enjoying this time. And we should, so definitely no guilty feelings for you or for me. But I will say this:

I am taking a break from WW.

And it starts this week. My intent is to hopefully being able to focus more on things that matter more to me. That is 1) my offline life, which has been and continues to be slightly more demanding than usual, 2) creating, which has suffered heavily by #1 and 3) posting my s~A(R)T~urday art linkup on Saturdays and reading and interacting with its participants and other blogs and bloggers.

So now, without further ado, last week’s final entrant to s~A(R)T~urday was Jenn, please check out her entry here.

And here is my latest photo creation. The photo itself won me the Topaz Lab (filter suite). So, obviously I took the photo and worked on it in Topaz. But it would not have been me if I had not added something. Can you guess what it is? Correct! The lighting and sun-stars. What do you think? Over the top or just right? Anyhow, now it is your turn, what have you created?

Poppies awaiting the storm

(click to enlarge)

poppies, painting, photoshop


This is the original photo

 *** Here is where I link up today. ***

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I hope that over time we will be building a community dedicated to art and creating. I rather like these words said by Andy Warhol:

Don’t think about making art, just get it done.

Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. 

While they are deciding, make even more art.” 

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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