Glow With the Flow

One day at a time. It may be a stale cliché, but it still holds some useful, albeit banal, wisdom. It describes how I’m dealing with life right now. One day at a time. I’m getting there. It’s working as well as can be expected.

Still, every day is a crapshoot. You never know what sort of odd behavior you might engage in. Crying. Pacing. Moping. Acting out, perhaps. Or wrestling with the beast trying to show him who’s boss and take some kind of control. Or maybe something simpler, like just being your typical artist’s model; ultra-comfortable with your nude body, taking solace in it, deriving a sense of strength and security from it. Like today, for example, I came home from work, fed my cats, and suddenly felt the urge to take some nude pictures. Pictures of me, by me, on my Mac. Using the “glow” effect. Both myself and my laptop on the floor of my house. Hell, I just felt like it 😉

The glow feature seems to have added 10 pounds to my body, but aside from that I think the pictures came out pretty groovy. Distortion is cool. And the light effects remind me of the aurora borealis. I may be a woman at war – with the beast, with society, with my own psyche – but I still know how to roll with the punches. Glow with the flow, my friends . . . glow with the flow . . .

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Photo 166

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Photo 167

16 thoughts on “Glow With the Flow

  1. K L says:

    GOOD GOD CLAUDIA! Whay a way to start the day! Those are pure psychedelic sexual energy. You took me straight back in time to about 71 or 72……I think? They remind me of something I seen one lazy summer afternoon after consuming something that shall remain nameless. Talk about mental nourishment!

    Thanks a bunch and be strong.
    KL

    • artmodel says:

      KL,

      The pictures came out very psychedelic! I think the spirit of Ken Kesey must have had an influence in creating them 😆

      Happy to have started off your day with a little excitement. I’ll make sure to contribute more nourishment – mental or otherwise – in the future.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Claudia

  2. dougrogers says:

    Aren’t those gorgeous!

    Although something dynamic is missing if you take out the socket. :-). It actually adds to the composition and content, strangely enough.

    Like in 166, it’s like you’re turning away from the power.

    • artmodel says:

      Thank you Doug, my darling 😉 I’m really glad you enjoyed the pics.

      That damn socket! I didn’t even realize that it was in the camera frame while I was taking them. I noticed it after I was finished with the set. It bothered me at first, but then I thought it was kind of funny. The pictures were a spontaneous burst of expression anyway, so it works in that context. It’s nice that you see it as an interesting part of the composition instead of an eyesore! I like the way you interpreted 166.

      Claudia

  3. ray says:

    beautiful pictures , nice poses. reminded me of something I think Yoko Ono once did. Keep doing what makes you feel good ,even for the moment.
    thanks for the treat

    Ray

    • artmodel says:

      Ray,

      You’re very welcome. I’m pleasantly surprised at how well they turned out. And you know how much I like doing fast poses, so I had a lot of fun with it. Like you said, it made me feel good for the moment.

      Thanks for commenting.

      Claudia

  4. Ron says:

    Very nice and very creative. That glow effect in Photo Booth is very cool, as is the subject. I hope it felt as good to do those shots as it does to look at them.

    • artmodel says:

      Ron,

      It felt great! I’ve always liked the glow effect. Very trippy and beautifully bizarre. It distorts things in an oddly appealing way.

      I’m glad you enjoyed looking at these shots. I will do more and experiment with new things.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Claudia

  5. Very nice young lady. Definitely beats “Crying. Pacing. Moping. Acting out”, -unless one can keep their perspective while doing same, most can’t.

    The play of, and playing with, light and shadow makes me want to grab a broad brush, some juicy ultramarine and alizarin and a very absorbent paper.

    and… you dominate. I consider myself reasonably observant (if the truth be told, I take great pride in my observational skills), -but I didn’t/couldn’t see the outlet until reading DR’s comment.

    • artmodel says:

      Jim,

      Thanks for calling me “young lady”! That contributes a lot to my recovery process, believe me.

      I say you grab that broad brush and go at it. Ultramarine sounds fab!

      Thanks for your comments.

      Claudia

  6. ColdSilverMoon says:

    Hi Claudia – wow, great photos! You look gorgeous as ever, and you did a great job with the pictures. Thank you for your openness in sharing those. I especially like the last and 2nd to last pictures.

    I haven’t posted much the last few weeks, mainly because I just didn’t know what to say with all your struggles. If this little collection of photos doesn’t inspire you and show what a great model and creative person you are, I don’t know what will. I think this is your first of many wounds to the beast…

    Hoping and praying for you!

    • artmodel says:

      ColdSilverMoon,

      I missed you! So nice to hear from you, friend 🙂

      Yeah, “openness” comes pretty easily to me. I’d say this blog is a testament to that. It felt especially good to take these shots.

      You made good choices with your two favorites. I like the last one too. My other favorite is probably the first one for the shape and action of it. Mainly I wanted to have an interesting gesture in each one.

      I appreciate your support, kind words, and well wishes. Thank you!

      Claudia

  7. rob says:

    Very cool, Claudia!

  8. Daniel says:

    it always perturbs me how people assume that pictures of the naked body always have to be pornographic, I like that these pictures have a sensuality, an emotion and a darkness to them, the distortion of the body shapes adds a wonderful element of mystery, I was really struck by them, nice work!

    • artmodel says:

      Daniel,

      Thanks very much! I have been meaning to take another bunch of these. They were so much fun, and I agree that the image of the human body handles distortion in an interesting and artistic way.

      Check in for more. Appreciate your comments!

      Claudia

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