Sunday, 29 March 2015

Magnificent Magnolia

Right into the heart of this noble flower

but first the bud 

which opens up its petals

unfolding beauty

in different shades of tender pink

revealing all

against the blue of a late March sky.







Monday, 16 March 2015

The Sunshine Flower

Who can resist the golden curves

and radiating yellow energy?

Filling the frame

with gorgeousness.

Orange trumpets play to a lemon sky


A single bloom against the light

bringing some sunshine into our homes


in a vase

 for our delight.

Daffodils
whose botanical name is Narcissus
symbolize rebirth and new beginnings.
They are the sign of winter's end
and also symbolize friendship.



Sunday, 8 March 2015

Light and colour play

Vibrant petals

with astonishing and contrasting dark centres

transparency against the light

with a sprinkling of black pollen

two anemones against the backlight

and a curly ribbon just for fun!


Crocheted heart pattern featured HERE



Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Freedom of Abstract

Enter a world of colour

and cascading shapes

of light 

of discovery

and mystery.

Feel the ease of movement when you follow the flow.

Throw away all labels

and just enjoy with all your senses.

Become one with what you see and feel

and
remember your emotion.



Sunday, 22 February 2015

Bowls from home

Bowls
are such harmonious objects.
I've always been attracted to rounded shapes
I love how they catch the light
and how there is no beginning or no end
just continuity.

Bowls are perfect for holding a full-blown rose

and for serving my freshly cooked apple and cinnamon for breakfast.

There is always a lavender bowl
 filled with sweet smelling lavender
in my home.

A sugar bowl
even though I no longer sweeten my drinks,
 the bowl is kept as a souvenir from my dad
who gave it to me many years ago.


Footnote:
The word bowl comes from the French word boule
and the Latin bulla: a round object.

I love word origins because they always tell a story!





Saturday, 14 February 2015

Beauty, Love and Creativity

Love

Beauty

Creativity

Delicate

Joy...
the joy of giving.


"ALL THE THINGS THAT TRULY MATTER,
BEAUTY, LOVE, CREATIVITY, JOY
AND INNNER PEACE
ARISE FROM BEYOND THE MIND."

Eckhart Tolle




Thursday, 5 February 2015

Rituals of Stillness

Through sound

At this time of the year
candlelight and tingsha bells, or cymbals, introduce me
to a new day.

Through touch and sense of smell

The ritual of applying face oil
embellished with sweet smelling essential oils of 
Rose
Geranium
Orange peel
Rosemary
Camomile
Marjoram
Lavandin

Through taste

Green tea with jasmine flowers

Through observing colour and shape

Through bringing the beauty of nature into my home
and creating a corner of gratitude

Through still life

And
as the afternoon gently slips towards the evening
Another candle
Bringing presence into my home.


There are so many ways to stillness
Have you found yours?




Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Still Life Photography

Still Life in photography
is similar to still life in paintings.
Some preparation is needed to make the arrangement
pleasing to the eye.

It is preferable to keep the background uncluttered
and the colours harmonious.

to give the subject room to breathe 
and remembering the rule of thirds give balance 
to these types of compositions.

Contrast in textures brings in an extra dimension.
I think this is my favourite capture, I have such a fondness for marbles, both the
look and the feel of them
and they snuggle so nicely into the folds of soft, blue velvet.

and rich, dark colours
bring in mystery with a touch of exotism.

Bringing nature inside, like a branch of ivy and some cones,
incorporates something living into the picture.


During these months of winter,
I decided I wanted to try something new and creative
by doing still life photography.

I found a class by Kim Klassen
called Be Still Fifty-Two.
She talks about being mindeful, being in stillness, breathing
and incorporating mindeful movement into our day.

Heavy editing and working with layers
is not something that goes with my way of thinking or my style,
but I shall interpret the lessons
in ways that feel comfortable and harmonious to me.