Sunday, 29 March 2015
Monday, 16 March 2015
Who can resist the golden curves
and radiating yellow energy?
Filling the frame
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.
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
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
Sunday, 22 February 2015
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
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.
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
Thursday, 5 February 2015
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
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
as the afternoon gently slips towards the evening
Bringing presence into my home.
There are so many ways to stillness
Have you found yours?
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
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.