Burlington County Times: Learn how visualization works in life and art

Like many artists, Patricia Worley has a philosophy. The South Jersey artist aspires to “capture the ordinary and make it extraordinary.” That sounds like it’s easier said than done, for non-creative geniuses.

But Worley, a successful nature and travel photographer, believes that creating great art requires hard work even before picking up a camera, paintbrush or pencil. It isn’t called the “creative process” for nothing.

The romanticized image of an artist, suddenly struck by inspiration and compelled to paint in the heat of the moment, tends to stick in people’s minds. But for many working artists, there are quite a few steps to be followed before taking a brush in hand.

For Worley, visualization is the crucial first step in her artistic endeavors. This idea isn’t limited to art, of course. Visualization is a technique that can be used in almost any situation.

In Worley’s work, preparation is crucial to capturing the image she is after. Even artists can’t control the sun when photographing outdoors. And try telling a wild animal that you need them to be on set at 3 p.m. sharp.

When planning a photo shoot, Worley sees her finished product before she even looks through her camera lens. The process of visualizing her end result allows Worley to develop a game plan for a successful outing. From determining the times when the natural light will hit her subject just right, to scouting her location for any hidden problem areas, Worley’s prep work allows her to focus completely on her artistic vision when she finally picks up her camera.

Find out Worley’s keys to planning an unforgettable nature photo shoot when she visits the Medford Leas on Monday. In addition, learn how pre-planning can help any aspiring artist improve their craft.

The workshop will focus on concepts that can be utilized by any artist, creator or writer. Even if you’re only painting the walls in your house, these tips will help achieve the best results.

Learn the importance of proper research and preparation, how to formulate a creative vision, and how to conceptualize your idea. Make sure that the idea that looks so good in your head, looks just as good when translated to canvas, film or paper.

Worley’s career is proof of her successful techniques. As president of Twilight Blue Photography, Worley teaches her craft to budding photographers. In addition to the more than 20 individual exhibitions to her name, Worley coordinates exhibits at the Hammonton Arts Center, is the director of the Medford Arts Center, and is an artist in residence at the Hansen Warner Building Gallery.

Worley’s workshop, “Visualization: A Key Component to the Creator Process” is presented by the Medford Leas’ ‘Pathways to Learning’ program, which brings a variety of local experts and speakers to the retirement community. The lifelong learning events are open to the public as well as residents.

The presentation will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Medford Campus Theater, at 1 Medford Leas Way. There is no fee to attend, though prior registration is required. To reserve your spot, visit, email, or call 609-654-3588.

Published by Melissa Hanejko, correspondent, on September 19, 2017

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