Today, as part of The Messy Room Moondancing Muse Series, we are dancing to the moon and back with photographer, adventurer, striped socks wearer, and foster mom to homeless but much loved books, Candi Walker-Snyder, of Ethereal Gypsy Photography and Literary Leftovers Used Bookstore. She is also June’s facilitating muse in A Mused Community’s 2016 Creativity Challenges (they are using my book, Moondancing, as a guide) as well as a contributing muse for Muses of Art & Soul on Facebook.
Candi’s eyes get quite a workout between her love of books and her passion for photography. Whether wandering a nature trail or between a row of bookcases, Candi is right at home. Without further ado or drum roll, lets jump in and find out what else makes this muse tick.
Okay, Candi, lets get started with a quick warm-up …
Do you make your bed in the morning?
Yes and No. I would love it if I did make my bed every morning, but I’m usually frantically trying to get myself and kids out the door for school and work!
What is your favorite comfort food?
Spaghetti!! Yum Yum and Yum! I could eat it morning, noon and night!
What are you wearing right now?
Black Capri’s, T-shirt, cardigan and a leopard scarf. Plain Jane I am.
Best Halloween costume to date?
Six years ago I dressed up as Captain Jack Sparrow for work. I was one ugly Capt. Jack. But it was fun! You could probably say that was my best and worst costume to date. LOL!
If you could dance under the moon anywhere in the world where would that be and what would you wear?
Haney Ridge in Gays Mills, WI. Beautiful open farm lands, clear skies and hardly no one for miles. It’s the most comfortable, calming spot I’ve ever been. Not really sure, but clothes for sure. Something probably comfortable and easy to move in!! And bug spray. The mosquitoes are wicked there!!
Now, describe your creative work style using one of these patterns: Paisley. Polka dot. Stripes. Checks.
I’m just going to be honest and say Polka Dots just because well… I love polka dots!
Is your work style the same with day-to-day stuff? If not, what pattern are you then?
No, my pattern you could say is more like a tornado! My ideas hit spontaneously quick and I move quick to make them happen. It’s usually a song I hear or a book I am reading that ignites that spark of an idea. Then I have to make it a reality.
How about a favorite quote?
“I’ll get you my pretty and your little dog too.” – Wicked Witch of the West ( I’m a HUGE Wizard of OZ fan!)
So we can all put some good moon-mojo on it; what’s your Moondancing dream this year?
My dream for the year is simple. Step out of the shadows! Stop being afraid and be my true authentic self. If I can do it so can others. Stop hiding my art. I’m always helping others to grow and better their career and lives. I’m stepping up and finally bettering myself! Spending more time making myself healthy, happy and a little more adventurous!!
How do you approach a new project or idea?
When I get a new idea, I usually let it consume me. It’s all I think about. I make my list. ( I Love check-off lists.) Write up different layouts, plans, people I can convince to be my guinea pigs, costume ideas, do I shoot in black & white or color… Ect! What lens to use yada yada yada! I listen to LOTS of music, meditate and kind of go off into my own weird mind and work up creative ideas.
Where or how do you get your inspiration?
I get 90% of my inspiration from music or a quote I read somewhere. The other 10% is luck. Right time and right place and thankfully I have my camera!
What do you do when in a creative dry spell?
Lots of nature walks, read, listen to music and meditate. I ask my guides for help also. Hoping they can help and give me a sign of some sorts!!
Have you always taken pictures or are you a late bloomer?
I actually started taking photos in high school. When I was 16-17. So basically 20 years ago! I took a photography class in school and just fell in love. Ever since then I always have a camera on me. I love capturing the moments!
What informs your subject matter?
I love nature photo shoots. Nature speaks when you are still and just wait. I love when the sun peaks through the trees and the tree sways and dances … It’s as if nature is putting on a show for you to capture.
Being that this IS the Musings from the Messy Room, you have to tell us about your creative work space.
My creative space is really outside! Out in the woods. I love life in rural Washington. There are lots of trails and lovely places to curl up and wait for nature to do its thing! I carry an ipod with me so I can crank out reality and listen to music and work. When I edit, I have a little corner in my bookstore I own. I make a makeshift desk/work area and, after I close, I edit for a while. It’s quiet and no kids bugging me!
Now, for the Grand MoonDancing Finale, Candi…
How does your muse speak to you? Your creative ideas come about for you? What inspires you the most about your vision for them? Where do you see yourself going with this in your own creative process?
I have really enjoyed working with and getting to know my muse. Erato is the Muse of Love and Poetry. She inspires and encourages us to take discarded items and find their beauty. I do this daily in my everyday work and also in my photography. There is always something special in something aged and discarded that I can fall in love with. As time goes on, I’ll take my steps out of the shadows. I’m not so scared to show my work. I am hoping to grow my portfolio and maybe even show a piece or two in an art show! I think what inspires me most about my vision is I think a little outside the box. I do not mind trying something new. I prefer my work to be a little odd and different!!
Hi! My name is Candi and I live in Battle Ground, WA. The beautiful Pacific Northwest. I own a small local used bookstore. I love books! Especially old books! Oh, if books could talk and tell us their journeys and tales. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and have two daughters and two cats. Yes, I am that crazy cat lady whom treats her cats as her kids. My kids are very into their activities. Soccer, basketball and softball. So, I am always spending time in my car driving them to practices or games. I love photography, tea and laughing with friends! I always have my camera handy ready to capture special moments and adventures!
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Absolutely LOVE your quirky spirit that no box will ever contain, Candi! It has been a real pleasure to have your energy grace my messy room.
Oh, and I will be doing a book count after you leave … just so you know.
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