2014, digital art, heartwork, journal, Journaling, kim klassen, light, lightroom, link ups, still life, texture tuesday


Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.

– ‘You’ve Got Mail’


Hello September, goodbye August. I love this time of year, crisp mornings, blue skies the sun getting low earlier, which makes for some great photography. Here at Little Orchard I’ve been playing with the print module in Lightroom and creating pictures of a still real life.




Light is a problem in the house, we do have a unheated sunroom which I use when it is warm but I’m scratching my head when it comes to the colder months. I may do a series called catching the light .



kk_waterfront 1

Do you have problems with light ? If so do you have tips ? I would love to hear them….

Linking up today with Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesday



2014, August 2014, flowers, heartwork, Journaling, kim klassen, music, Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom, still life, texture tuesday

This week I discovered a wonderful new website called ‘ Brainpickings’ and this particular post HERE.  The owner of the site Maria Popova writes wonderfully,  and this particular post deals with the work of Rebecca Solnit and her book A Field Guide to Getting Lost. How reaching out into the unknown , the uncertainty is so important to living creatively. The fumbling, struggling with our creativity is what makes us grow.

Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.



 I think we all struggle with uncertainty , when we try to jump sometimes it doesn’t work and we might fall, but how wonderful it is when we step off into the unknown and find something new, something so exciting it makes us catch our breath. Whether it is a new technique a new idea for a piece of writing, poem or composition.





Popova says ‘ for Solnit, as for Rilke, that uncertainty is not an obstacle to living but a wellspring of life — of creative life, most of all. Bridging the essence of art with the notion that not-knowing is what drives science, she sees in the act of embracing the unknown a gateway to self-transcendence’.

This is what I am seeking, to maybe get outside my comfort zone.  I don’t know what it will be but I’m not going to give up trying.



Music today :

Michael McGoldrick – The Dub Reel (Morning Rory)    Imagined Village – Hard Times of Old England (The Imagined Village)     Bob Dylan – Thunder on the Mountain (Modern Times)   Rod Stewart – Mandolin Wind (Every Picture Tells a Story )  Ry Cooder – Jesse James ( The UFO has Landed)



2014, August 2014, family, friday finds, heartwork, journal, kim klassen, link ups, out and about, random 5, still life, texture

A selection of my photographs this week.  I’m continuing with my ‘heartwork’ and these five photographs really spoke to me..

One of my favourite places to visit Bristol Harbour


A Sidmouth shot, the wonderful Airstream coffee spot.


On my  daily walk .


This week I met my dear friend Cathy who is visiting from Spain…


A  simple shot. I was prompted to post this by my  blogging friend Cheryl who wrote a meaningful post this week that really spoke to me. You can find her post HERE.

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

― Thích Nhất HạnhBeing Peace


Have a wonderful weekend…..

Kim Klassen dot Com


2014, flowers, heartwork, Journaling, July 2014, kim klassen, link ups, Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom, still life, texture, texture tuesday

As part of my continuing search for the heart in photography I am trying to be more thoughtful in my process, though it is a balancing act between getting it just right and over thinking. I still want to keep the spontaneity but rein it in a bit. Playing with my new purpose built backdrop (which I have now painted the other side a very subtle white with a hint of green). I used it as a base with an old coffee sack as the backdrop. I had to do a lot of tweaking as the colour of the sack really overwhelmed the image. In LR I used 2 of Kim’s presets ‘dark mood’ and ‘within’ then in PS I added kk_chase and kk_pinit11.




Onto the next edit, I decided that the texture of the sack was almost too textured, so using a painted wine box as a backdrop I did this…. In LR I added my own dramatic workflow then tweaked to soften it in PS using kk_chase again.

Much better.




Finally a dramatic version which I love using Kim’s new preset ‘within’ and kk_chase and kk_pinit 11.




Have a glorious Tuesday “Texture


2014, flowers, heartwork, introvert, May 2014, photo heart connection, still life, texture

Looking back over my shots for May I am surprised by the number that are still life.  A year ago there would have been a lot less.  Certainly I am taking far more photographs, but I am using my images to tell a story and of course you can control your surroundings more if you are in charge of the subject.  I take immense time to create a still life and feel that creative contemplative photographs are now my goal.

Linking with Kat Sloma on Photoheart Connection


kim klassen, still life, texture tuesday, vintage

I seem to have let my blog get away from me, apologies to all that have commented recently, the mojo faded away, but hopefully it is slowly returning. It’s amazing how unsettled I can get with a break in my routine….

So the prompt from Kim’s this week was quiet. A few weeks ago I set up a little still life and the photo below is one taken from that shoot. Soft diffused light through my bedroom window and some light texturing using Waterfront 28. I love conjuring up little stories from my photographs. Do your images ‘speak’ to you ?

P.S. A lovely font from Font Squirrel called Windsong
Hopefully by Friday I may be feeling more creative ( I better be !)


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Oh how I love my Wacom tablet and brushes as well so thanks Kim for this tutorial.

But I am going to have to practice a lot before I get to Kim’s standard.
But I did have fun !!!!
Kim’s second challenge was to take her photo and create our take on it. In Lightroom I slid the saturation down and adjusted the split toning to give it a monochrome effect, I added one of Kim’s textures(3101)  a little heart brush I created and a lovely quote.
Here is my still life featuring one of the lovely bottles I was given for Christmas from my niece , you will see them a lot. I used the light by the front door again and made the image as light as possible. I added a texture (Waterfront 1).
Such a great tutorial I loved getting back to some texture love.

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