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Recently I have been a little worried that work will forever be my master. I am self employed and am currently running two businesses. One is more successful than the other but they both are doing ok and they need each other to survive at the moment. In time the plan is that I will have only one business but I have this overlap at the moment that I am trying to manage. It is taking up a lot of my time. Too much I think. In my last couple of journals I have touched on the fragility of ones existence and the temporary nature of life. Through the experiences and hardships being suffered by friends of mine I keep being brought back to the same thought which is that there must be more to life than work. To end my days looking back on a life of toil and work would be the saddest thing. That is how the British Government wants you to think. The only way they measure you is by how much work you do and how much tax you pay. Well I'm looking to measure my life in other ways. In things you can't measure. 
I guess happiness is my goal. Don't misunderstand me though, I am not an unhappy guy. Sure I could be happier but I also know I have much to be thankful for. I have times where I lose sight of that as I'm sure we all do. I have more reason to be happy than many people I know and yet I still find myself wanting what I haven't got. (And I don't always even know what that is, I just want more from my life). Well the search for this elusive condition goes on but I fear it is not tangible and is an inner state that you will find yourself in one day and finally feel at peace with both yourself and the world around you. I fear I just have a restless soul that will never be satisfied but I determine to enjoy life as much as I can in the ways that I have found I can. I know I won't be happy every day and I know there are times in every day when I won't be happy but there are times in every day when you can smile and laugh. These are the moments to savor. The rest is just life. I want the magic that makes these little moments. I want more magic in my life. There you have it. Having talked it through with you I end up wanting magic in my life.....in my pictures......in my head. :iconwizardplz: I just need some wizard training then :lol:
I just want to say again, this place dA, for all it's failings and faults is still my place of refuge from day to day life. Recently I have met a whole new bunch of new people through other friends or just by chance or through other journals and features. The amount of creativity out there is mind blowing and the enthusiasm of artists to create is inspiring. You all inspire me anyway. One thing I have noticed, not that it matters, is the age range of my friends here spans the generations. Many young people just beginning on their journey and others who have years of creativity and experience to share. It is wonderful. A real slice of artistic life. I take my hat off to all of you. :iconhatsoffplz: You are amazing people and I love you all. :heart: 

And so I am going away next Saturday for two weeks. I'm going to take my camera to two of my favourite places. The Isle Of Skye and Northumberland. This will be the first two week holiday I have had since I was a kid. In fact I think I only had one of them when I was a kid so it will be only my second one. I am looking forward to it. I am hoping that while I am on Skye some magic comes my way. It feels like the place I should be so I will let it work it's irresistible charms on me. I will be among the mountains of Skye and the ruined castles and coast of Northumberland. I will be back soon enough and I'm sure I will be staying in touch while I'm away. 

"He who first met the Highlands swelling blue
Will love each peak that shows a kindred hue,
Hail in each crag a friend's familiar face,
And clasp the mountain in his mind's embrace."     Lord Byron

So, what have I been looking at lately? Well here we go then. Here is a selection from my favourites from the last couple of months. A real cross section from some lovely, talented, enthusiastic and inspiring people. Please enjoy them and if you see something you like please take a moment to let the artist know. I'm sure they would appreciate hearing from you. :D :hug:

*** by invisigoth88     wanting and fearing by doodler89      autumn treasures by AnnaxMariaxK     Rose 2 by Tatyana-Sanina    135 by natajla  


Blindsight by Metal-Bender      the bridge by NattiLoo    Nostalgia by RezzanATAKOL     the mountain days XIX by Bodhisattvacary     

White Light by lazureblood       Phoenix by CleaLlyfr        one of the last october roses in 2015 by bindii       The flower of midnight by Nikonfinest          

Hurried wings, nimble beauty by Nikonfinest         Let it Fall II by Aenea-Jones          Autumn patchwork by SplitEnsds             

  Beech paradise by aw-landscapes     What a beautiful day by Ingelore     Blackdrown by VelvetRedBullet    

Royal majesty by SatyaSaruchi    Fall Rain Wallpaper by solefield     Followers. by EmberRose95    The Sentinel - The end is near by Sweetlylou     

Evensong by AnnaKirsten     Black Sun by LidiaRossana    Never Land II by Trippy4U     Cloud Atlas by BrightStar2        
underneath by ColorfulLadybug    Only you and the Ocean by dashakern      ... by StonyStoneIsStoned2     Autumn Sunset. by Sparkle-Photography    

Pre-Autumn Greens by Nelleke                       Halloween House by GrimDreamArt         Happy Halloween by 1001G   

    City In Abstract V by Trippy4U    Pinemarten by FreyaPhotos      The Whole World Is Out To Get YouThe Whole World Is Out to Get You
There is something very wrong with you.
I don't know, but I think you are too
ugly to be by my side.
There is something very wrong with you.
I'm not sure, but I think you are too
stupid to be my friend.
There is something very wrong with you.
I'm guessing, but I think you are too
poor to be my guest.
There is something very wrong with you.
I can tell... I can tell that you are too
clumsy to amount to anything.
There is something very wrong with you.
And I can never figure out
why people seem to like you better
than they do me.
There is something very wrong with them.
All of them!
10/26/2015
KD
It's not me, it's you!
     Sunset impression Lake STOCK by AStoKo     The hag by SilverMixx    

Abyss by Annabelle-Chabert     It's Getting Dark.... by TheJessPaige     Steal away by SilverMixx         Swan Song by WhimsicalBlue    

City In Abstract IV by Trippy4U        Outer signs of an internal fright by syliou                Autumn by Guericke         Remember the Autumn Smiles by whispersoftheblue    

Blue colours by StonyStoneIsStoned2     At Lindisfarne. Northumbria. England. by jennystokes    In Vain..... by nehab16     Fading by LidiaRossana          

to unwritten tale about a dwarf (ill. 9) by Irsanna    Spring by PassionAndTheCamera      Working bee by sistersinnister  Winter light. by jennystokes    BA - Phthinoporon by BoudiccaAmat    

Fall Time Forest by LillianEvill     Sleeping Beauty by KarinClaessonArt    Streets are not empty... by ansdesign       

        Abandoned Tracks by serel        ASTER . by BELLESYMPHORINE        Misty Mountains by rougealizarine         Warm sunset by rougealizarine    

the stars stole the night away by shuckaby        Hardangervidda by hekla01       Building a mystery by Morgan-Lou        only hope by IreneHorvath   

Slave unchained by aspruli    Happy October Birthday by gigi50     Many Thanks by 1001G     Puez by Francy-93    

XIIth Major Arcana - The Hanged Man by MonochromaticART        Bicolor by Francy-93       Sunday evenings by Francy-93        Rainman by SharPhotography      

Don't think black, don't think white... by ansdesign    Dream by thefirebomb    Rainbow waterfall by StonyStoneIsStoned2     Feather Barbs by mistakeablyme    

Velvet Cacoon by IdaBarracuda   Leftover by aspruli    Seenflowers by bindii    Hypnotize by Metal-Bender     A glimpse of sunlight by Gambassi    

Ode to the Past by ScribalWriter    Snow Leopard by linneaphoto    Hansel and Gretel by annewipf    Squeezeplay by veeegeee   

    The Leaf King by richardcgreen    Reverent Pretense by BWilliamWest    That touch.. by SplitEnsds    

Gorgeous day in the Rockies by gigi50     Autumn Beauty by Fajralam        Antique Autumn by copper9lives   The joy of autumn by Finnyanne   

Haze by MWeiss-Art    Tranquility by PassionAndTheCamera    The Sky is the Limit by PassionAndTheCamera    

Daybreak on Birre Mountain, Kandersteg by artamusica    Wolf Pup by linneaphoto    Frosted larch by Annabelle-Chabert    Wind by thefirebomb    looking for a window of change by fotomademoiselle   

Doorway of Hope by Limeandrum    Garibaldi Lake by dashakern           

Graceful Curves by Fotobasa        The Cottage by Nelleke       Torquay by rhiannonphillips       Pressure off by SilverMixx       CUBISM by SineLuce   

the Well by SineLuce     Alta Rocca by Annabelle-Chabert    Nonexistent Mirrors by EinsameWanderer     Cinque by SilverMixx   

I hope you enjoyed that. It turned into quite a big feature as I find I am watching more and more people. Thank you all for being part of my life and sharing your amazing art with me and everyone else. Don't ever stop creating, making and enjoying your art in whatever form it comes. It keeps you alive. I know it keeps me alive. 
Spread the love :heart: make someone smile today :D and make sure you smile too :D:D:D

thank you

Lawrence :hug:
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:iconrezzanatakol:
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Hope you enjoyed your travel dear Lawrence. Thank you for featuring my photo:huggle:
I just will offer you that, go to South America or somewhere you never went before. dont spend your holidays always in England. But sure if you have enough money.
I understand that, it makes us sick when we stay always in our places. if I have enough money I would ike to go to Nepal of China, villages of them.
I dont know why but village people kindness makes me so happy. Maybe cause of their purity.
Or you can start to take portraits, try new things:))
I wish much success in your work life and enjoying time:))
Just a few things came my mind:)
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BELLESYMPHORINE Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
VNrzZRUUmXik8hljn hl7yqyHN4150 by BELLESYMPHORINE  
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piglet365 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015
Have just popped by dear Lawrence..trusting you have a wonderful time and I look forward to being back in touch.Huggle! 
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Scooby777 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry I am so late reading this!  I totally understand wanting to find meaning and magic in your life.  Work is just a means to an end. I find solace, balance and true happiness behind my cameras.
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4ajka Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
Dear Lawrence, you collected the precious pearls for us.
Thank you.
God bless you!
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:iconandaelentari:
Andaelentari Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww thank you! :hug: /late
great feature :clap:
have a good vacation!
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doodler89 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
I feel very much less alone in some of the ways that I feel after reading this, always a pleasure to hear your thoughts.:hug: And thank you as always for sharing my art.:huggle:
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aw-landscapes Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
Thank you very much! Hope you find lots of rest and magic on your holiday ;)
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videodude1961 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I could not agree more.  I also preach the gospel of balance in life, to my coworkers and customers at every opportunity.  Not being a religious person, I find my peace behind a camera, and in working images to create a vision to share.  It's not about the time we spend, but how we spend the time we have.
Hope you're spending it having a great time!
Rich T.
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TheJessPaige Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Student Photographer
a really truthful and thought provoking journal Clap  2 Week holiday!! Enjoy yourself and put your feet up :happybounce:  Also a really awesome feature, definitely going to check some of these photographers out :) (Smile) 
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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well said. Enjoy your trip! :hug: Lovely feature! :clap:
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MWeiss-Art Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :hug:
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SplitEnsds Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Words of true... we spend so much of our life working, and we forget ourselves. Have a wonderful vacation Lawrence.
And thank you :heart:!
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MonochromaticART Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wonderful feature, thank you so much for including my work! :heart:
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fotomademoiselle Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh dear friend. Where do I start?
First...I completely relate to everything you've written. I will always come back to dA no matter its flaws. It is still "home". And I love it that you feel the same way about it. And I also know what it's like to want to be happier but not because you are unhappy. It's a constant desire to improve oneself and also trying to find rest amid the hassles of life. I hope you enjoy your holiday. You sure deserve it. :heart:
Thanks for including my photograph. I'm really looking forward to seeing your pictures from the Isle of Skye. :hug: Those are always my favorites from your gallery!
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Sukilucky Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Purple Bow with Pink Heart by NekoAthena:iconlordljcornellphotos:Purple Bow with Pink Heart by NekoAthenaLove it by Digithalie plenty thx  for the feature, very kind of you Mitsuko by DigithalieHearts by Digithalie
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GlassHouse-1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
I know exactly how you feel Lawrence.  I hope you realize that YOU are the wizard that brings magic to my life.  I have been away from DA for a few months and have missed seeing your beautiful images and sharing in your adventures.  Enjoy your holiday and come back refreshed.
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LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww: thank you Jeanie :hug:
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:iconnikonfinest:
Nikonfinest Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Student Photographer
Thanks for the feature, I am truly honored to be among all these amazing artists! Thank you so much for all you do! :hug:
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hekla01 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
i agree in many points of your beautiful feature, dear lawrence. the only thing i can say is, that if you look for happyness, you will not find it. let happyness find you...in every moment of your being. happyness is in all the small, everyday things..a flower, the song of a bird, the blue summersky and the silence of a white winterday. or in the touch of a loving hand...
i really wish you to find the happyness you look for..everytime!
thank you so much for including my picture in this lovely feature:)
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:iconannabelle-chabert:
Annabelle-Chabert Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015   Photographer
Many thanks for the feature !!! :hug:
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:icongambassi:
Gambassi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015
Thank you so much for including my photo :-)
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BWilliamWest Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Lawrence,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your life through those words and your photography.  You are not alone in those feelings and wants.  Have a great time on your holiday and bring back a lot of photos!

William D.
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ColorfulLadybug Featured By Owner Edited Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
What a wonderful collection :love:
Thanks a lot for making me part of that feature! :happybounce:
Hope you have wonderful holidays!:hug:
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Sweetlylou Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for adding my work !:iconhappysunenjoysplz:
You put magic in my life when i am looking at your wonderful photos. Thank you for that too !
Have great vacations ! :iconblowkiss-plz:
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M0THart Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional Photographer
thanks :)
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CleaLlyfr Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful feature! Thanks so much. Take care :)
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Guericke Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
First of all, I wish your vacation will be inspiring. I think all people here hopes to see your wonderful photos as soon as possible. :) (Smile) 
And thank you very much for featuring of my work (It is really big surprise for me that my work suddenly appeared in such fabulous art collection :happybounce: )
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Onion-chutney Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
Another stunning collection Lawrence, it is amazing how you find time to do all that you do :)
Have a wonderful trip and I know you will take some 'magic' shots. I think I know how you feel about the magic, life doesn't always work the way we expected! I wish you all the best in your wizarding :hug:
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whispersoftheblue Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Custom heart [Golden Yellow] 
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AnnaxMariaxK Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I love your photos Lawrence and i love to read your "letters" to us. Both are full of maturity. Go to your holidays, rest, breath, have fun and after that show us what i like the most - your emotions! :) 
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:iconlordljcornellphotos:
LordLJCornellPhotos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Anna :hug:
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:iconbodhisattvacary:
Bodhisattvacary Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for the feature! (:
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StonyStoneIsStoned2 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for featuring my photos :hug:

and i know exactly what you mean. right now i'm in this weird state where i don't have school anymore and now i have to decide what to do next, what to study etc. which should be exciting but most of the time it just makes me anxious and sad because i don't know what exactly would make me happy or IF i'm ever gonna be happy with the plans i have in mind and if i'm ever going to be successful and it's just...no fun.
anyway i hope you'll enjoy your holiday! :)
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glumthegrim Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Professional Artist
Dear Stony, 
Because your photos are beautiful, you are already successful. You have given a mysterious joy to more people than you guess. Remember that the IDEA of happiness is a trick we pull on ourselves. Happiness itself is something that just happens, when it's meant to. You can't plan it, contain it, or control it. 
Pursue your goals with everything you've got. You have no choice. But, if you have the soul of an artist, you'll always be discontented, uneasy with the world, and striving desperately for something the world cannot supply, something sublime. That may be your gift -- dissatisfaction that reaches out for sublime beauty, which is something our broken world needs so badly right now.
With every best wish for your continued success & happiness,
Glum.
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StonyStoneIsStoned2 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for these kind words, Glum! 
:hug:
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glumthegrim Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Professional Artist
You're welcome!
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Ingelore Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
I wish you two wonderful weeks and I hope you'll be back with some more magical photos! Thank you so much for including one of my photos in this amazing feature! :hug:
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gigi50 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Loved your write up and hope you will keep finding
treasures in life to keep you happy and most wonderful adventures
ahead for you! I do agree what you say about DA :nod:
Wonderful feature indeed :clap: Thank you so much for including
some of mine Truly honored to be here and part of your journal :tighthug: :blowkiss:
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Tatyana-Sanina Featured By Owner Edited Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful feature. Have an awesome holidays in The Isle of Skye and Northumberland. I'm looking forward to seeing your new photos :happybounce: 
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veeegeee Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional Writer
Amazing Feature!!!  A real WOWZA!!!  Thanks for including "Squeezeplay"  :iconsaaptewt::iconsaaptewt::iconsaaptewt:
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solefield Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:

Thank you for the feature! I have said the exact words "I want more magic in my life", and completely understand what you're experiencing... I think you put it into words very well. One thing that I have found to be helpful is aiming to remove judgement... I think we've established what makes an experience "magical" (or good/bad) and have ideas in our mind of what that looks like, but when we open to what is without judging or analyzing, the magic in every moment can be revealed. I'm sure your journey will bring many amazing moments to just experience what is with a clear mind and appreciation. Enjoy!!
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SharPhotography Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
Dear Lawrence,  Thank you so much for including my photo in your feature.  You honor me more than you know.  :hug:  I will be waiting to see your wonderful pictures of your trip and I wish you happy hunting for your bliss.  Best Always,  Sharon
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shuckaby Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much Lawrence!  It's an honored being featured with all of these other beautiful works...
And really wishing you well with your business ventures!
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Limeandrum Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015   Photographer
Thanks for the feature! :)
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SatyaSaruchi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for including my work in your wonderful journal. It is an honour for me ! I hope you'll find the magic soon ! :) 
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LKivihall Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015   Digital Artist
Hope you find your magic, I'm sure it's not that far away.
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nehab16 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
And thank you so much for including my work in your journal. It is an honour for me moonflower Heart 
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nehab16 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Such beautiful words Lawrence. And each and every word rings so true in my ear. I know what you speak about and feel it too.
I think you have spoken on behalf of every creative soul.
Restlessness and yearning are an artist's melancholy which never leaves the soul.
But I do hope you find that elusive moment of happiness and peace in Northumberland and Skye
before restlessness seizes again and takes you to scale newer heights. Wish you all the best. And come back with great pictures...:) (Smile) :LongStemRose: 

 
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Eremitik Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
Great journal entry.
Chasing magic is always a worthwhile endeavor- even if it eludes us on occasion, the times we find it are all that more precious. I wish you all the best in your search!

Lovely gallery. I found myself quite enrapt and slightly envious of all the beautiful and unique landscapes.
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