Often times when you turn your art or craft into your profession your focus changes. During the beginning phases of learning a craft, you focus on self discovery and experimentation. Over time when your craft turns from hobby to career your focus shifts. Careless playtime goes away and intense perfection and study comes to play. When I was learning photography, I would try the wildest things. Long exposures, odd angles, obscure subjects. However, when I shifted my focus to provide a service for others, my interests changed. I studied how to create a perfectly sharp image with an attractive frame. I wanted every image I took and created with Jada to be perfect for our clients.
Reflecting on the past few years I quickly saw how easy it was to make a craft one sided. I didn't like this, after all photography was my hobby first. I found that it was so important for me to focus on perfecting my craft, but at the same time I really needed to play and explore. I needed to break the rules of photography a little and just simply have fun.
A few months ago Jada and I decided to have a little fun with watercolors. We would paint on watercolor paper and let it dry. Once it dried, I cut the image down to an 8x10 and I printed some of our favorite images on top. The results, to me, were pretty cool.