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.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

My Favourite Day

"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

Inner Journey








one word is enough...

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Stepping into the Unknown

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
by darkness.
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?

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Where are you going?

In the city, high above the houses,

there seemed to be flutterings and whisperings...

was it birds flying above?

or angels?

or ethereal beings?

They constantly changed colour

against an inky black sky.

They all seemed to be moving forward in the same direction.

They were so beautiful, like something from another world.

"Where are you going?" I said.

"Follow me!"
said an imposing figure with a kindly voice.
"Is it far from here?" I asked.
"About five days, as the crow flies", he replied.
"But where?" I asked once again.

"Why, we're going to Christmas of course!
"Won't you join us?"
"Yes, I will", I said.

Sculptures by French artist: Cédric Verdure.
Check out this talented artist's other works
by clicking on his name above,

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Come Fly with Me!

Sky gazing
Seeing anything I choose to see...
like modern art

or tiny galloping clouds gathering momentum
as they roll and slide to an unknown destination.

A mighty-winged bird in full flight

Wavelets rushing towards the shores of infinity

Filling the frame as they hurry by

I'm swept along on their swirling energy.

Hold tight
enjoy the ride!


Friday, 28 November 2014

Scintillating Sparkles

For the past few weeks
all my spare time has been spent
doing the crafts I love.

My occupations have been full of tiny details
and precision which I really enjoy

but suddenly
I needed a fresh way of seeing -  and the candlelight
and electric light plunged me into a world of sparkles and abstracts!

So I got out my macro lens and had enormous fun playing
with my focus to capture the abstract quality of well-known objects.
These sparkling threads, used for adding a festive touch
to crocheted creations, brought me into a world of scintillating wonder!
This has to be my favourite capture because we just recognize
 what we are seeing
 yet the abstract quality is there too.

And on these mostly grey November days
my world became alive again!

Gold and silver, red and blue

My basket of happiness!

I feel depth and vibrancy and swirling movements.
Don't they make you want to dance?