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.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
"What day is it?"
"It's today", squeaked Piglet.
"My favourite day", said Pooh.
The innocent and refreshing philosophy of Pooh Bear.
by A.A. Milne
and accompanied by charming and heart-warming illustrations
by E.H. Shepard.
My favourite childhood book
and one I enjoy reading with even more pleasure
What's your favourite childhood book?
Do you still enjoy it as much today?
Author A.A. Milne was born in London in 1882.
He was inspired to write for children by the nursery games
played by his son Christopher Robin.
His classic stories and poems
have been enjoyed by children and adults
since they first appeared.
Monday, 12 January 2015
Saturday, 3 January 2015
At the beginning of a new year, there's a feeling of excitement
as we prepare ourselves to tread new territory.
I know that some people really love to plan
and feel they have some control over future events.
I can understand that it could feel reassuring to want to do this.
Professionally speaking, it is necessary to plan and to have goals.
All of us need to make appointments, to plan our travels
and we need to organize classes we give or others we may wish to follow.
Besides these basic necessities,
have you ever been tempted to just see where each moment takes you?
Letting go of wanting to know
of wanting to control
and observe which paths open up before you?
Accepting the fact that sometimes our view is momentarily hindered
Yet there are always sparks of light shining somewhere ready to illuminate
our way when we are ready to move forward.
The sun rises and shows us the view beyond our limited horizon
and a clear outline of things ahead is revealed.
There can be obstacles and zones of darkness
and yet by pulling back and seeing the bigger picture,
new possibilities open up.
Just imagine what it would be like to stand near the edge
of these mountain peaks and look down on the field of experiences
we are creating day by day, moment by moment.
Destiny plays a part and certain choices we decide to make in any given situation.
A picture of our year is being created
and although we may think we have planned it all,
life itself has taken over
and woven the colours and designs that we can see.
If life is the weaver
are we not the weaving?