“Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.” ` Claude Monet
I’ve neglected still life recently as I don’t like faffing much. I get frustrated and cross if I can’t manipulate the objects, my camera or myself ! I have become a more outdoors only person either locally or on day trips with Mark my husband.
This week the weather has been awful, heavy rain and even thunder and lightning. The garden is wet, sodden and if plants could look miserable they would look totally fed up.
So I rescued a few roses and set about trying to set up some still life.
I decided to try to go for simple and to use as few props as possible. my processing was heavy as I have made a new Lightroom preset which is heavy on saturation and moodiness.
I am happy with the finished set of images, but fingers crossed that the weather improves soon…..
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ~ Alphonse Karr
Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly. “I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
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The mornings are sunny but the temperatures are still low but sometimes I can drink my morning tea outside…..
The sun just touched the morning:
The morning , happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.
~ Emily Dickinson
Some treasures in my bedroom, the little book is handmade and comes from Venice, I can’t use it it is just too beautiful !
“Pay attention to your gut feelings. No matter how good something looks, if it does not feel right, listen to your intuition and move on.”
— Unknown Author
I learnt how to create a water colour effect in Photoshop.
Venice using Anna Aspnes designs
I used two different sources, THIS ONE. and THIS ONE
Lynton Harbour, Devon Anna Aspnes designs.
This new technique is obsessing me at the moment. Expect more ! This year I am going to concentrate more on learning more digital art techniques, I have several classes languishing on my computer so this is a good challenge for me.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of my habits in the morning as soon as I get out of bed is to move the blinds and look out of the window. Today the sky was showing it’s best face, smiling and beaming out the glory of a wonderful sunrise.
I thought it was about time I posted a layout. All supplies by Anna Aspnes
‘Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life – well, valuable, but small – and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around? I don’t really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void.` You’ve Got Mail
Simple things are usually the most interesting. This year i’m curating the small, the everyday as well as the large and exciting. For this is my life.