Last Week…….

 

 

“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.

 

 

 
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Venice using Anna Aspnes designs

 

 

 

 

I used two different sources, THIS ONE. and THIS ONE

 

 

 

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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.

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On Gratitude

“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.

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I thought it was about time I posted a layout. All supplies by Anna Aspnes

Tuesday Thoughts – A Week of Autumn

This week I have been using my iPhone even more than usual to document my days. It’s always with me, it makes me think about limitations and how to get around those problems.

 

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Close shot using Snapseed and adding lens blur, taken at Trill Farm

 

 

Of course the days of low megapixel camera phones have gone and retro photography is all the rage, adding leaks, deliberately fading and adding lomo effects all add to the fun.

 

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Using VSCO and adding fade highlights and shadow colours. Taken in Vivary Park

 

It’s making people take photos again, documenting lives and making memories. I’m all for that, as a historian it warms my heart. But on the other side what worries me is that so many people don’t bother to take their precious images off their phone, they sit there never being printed or saved and one day pouf…. they will be gone when the phone crashes or the phone gets damaged.  Although i’m a disorganised and untidy human being ( my husband will testify to that ) but as far as photo organisation goes I am a fiend. I don’t keep my  photos on my phone for long they are saved to my Lightroom catalogue under year and month, they have their own key words and monthly they are backed up onto an external hard drive. I know I know you are thinking that is overkill but I don’t expect everyone else to be quite so picky as me !

 

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Taken using ProCamera tweaked in Lightroom

 

So if you know someone who has a phone and their life is documented on it please help them to take those photos off and save them and think of all those wonderful memories you have saved….

 

Layouts this week.

 

 

 

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I’ve just finished the wonderful Anna Aspnes’ AnnaBlendzLive class it was fabulous I learnt so much….

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Love-this

 

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Have a great week ……

 

This Week

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like
they’re falling in love with the ground.”
―Andrea Gibson

As Summer said goodbye we had one last week of glorious days. Of warm, gentle, blue sky days. Time to get out and collect as many images as possible, I’m like a squirrel hoarding photos to play with during those cold drear days of Winter.

The roses made a final showing

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The light was soft and dreamy in the shade

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And it was still warm enough to sit outside

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I played with some still life

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And finally a little bit of Autumn colour…

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My first Autumn layout, supplies by Anna Aspnes.

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Have a wonderful weekend. I start my online course next week with Anna Aspnes A course on blending and artsy digital art you can check it out HERE

Autumn in Clifton

 

‘The man with the greatest originality of thought and power of execution, bold in his plans but right’.

Daniel Gooch, 1859

 

 

Now both our children leave in Bristol we seem to be spending a lot of our leisure time driving up the motorway ! It’s no hardship as the city has everything a photographer could want or need.

 

 

 

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It has some wonderful green areas. This is the beginning of what is known as The. Downs, but Bristol has so many green spots and vantage points.

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The wonderful Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. it spans the Avon Gorge and  took 33 years to build. Brunel was a great engineer,  a visionary,  a man willing to take chances. In 2002 the BBC ran a programme called 100 Greatest Britons, Brunel was second, only Winston Churchill beat him and William Shakespeare was fourth ! If you want to learn more here is a link about the history.

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On a beautiful Autumn day you can’t beat the view.

 

 

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The area known as Clifton is considered the most desirable, elegant and upmarket with lots of classy, independent shops.

 

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It has the Clifton Arcade which is full of little independents one off shops.

 

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And finally one of the many scrapbook pages I have created about this wonderful city. Supplies by Anna Aspnes.

 

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31 Things for September and maybe longer….

Recently I have discovered that I like monthly prompts, my concentration and boredom levels kick in about week 4 so this seems to be the perfect length .

 

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I have just finished August break with Susannah Conway and now I am joining up with toris_tales for her #talesofseptember. Instagram has become my favourite way of communicating it is clean, quick and friendly.

For September I am revisiting 31 Things by Ali Edwards, I’m using her prompts to create an image, art piece or maybe a quote. I hope to document daily here on my blog, which I have so neglected recently. I realise that blogging daily could be a bit of a challenge but I am not going to beat myself up about it, I’m just going to enjoy the process…

So onto Day 1 the prompt is jewellery. This is my take on the prompt .

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The supplies are by Anna Aspnes for those interested I used ArtPlay Palette Everyday,  FotoblendzOverlays no6_2

“Jewellery holds memories, of occasions, of holidays and milestones.

But to me the best jewellery is nature’s bounty.. Raindrops sparkling like diamonds, the sun blazing through the trees on a winter morning changes colour into emeralds and rubies. The bright blue sea shows sapphire glinting under the sun.”

Tell me about your jewellery what memories does it hold for you ?