“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like
they’re falling in love with the ground.”
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
The light was soft and dreamy in the shade
And it was still warm enough to sit outside
I played with some still life
And finally a little bit of Autumn colour…
My first Autumn layout, supplies by Anna Aspnes.
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
‘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.
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.
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.
On a beautiful Autumn day you can’t beat the view.
The area known as Clifton is considered the most desirable, elegant and upmarket with lots of classy, independent shops.
It has the Clifton Arcade which is full of little independents one off shops.
And finally one of the many scrapbook pages I have created about this wonderful city. Supplies by Anna Aspnes.
What I’m listening to Steeleye Span – Gaudete a wonderful piece of music for the Christmas period
I’m currently following a mindfulness programme. The idea of having a mind with too many windows open like a computer really resounds with me. You fill up your mind with so many open pages that your mind seizes up, all the old anxieties and memories rise to the surface and you become exhausted and stressed.
Even though I don’t work and spend a fairly solitary life I can still feel myself stressed full of emotion and worry. So I’m going to try to declutter my mind, close off some of those windows that should have been deleted years ago.
I’m going to be starting a series of journal pages documenting this on my blog, I hope you will visit and check them out.
To all my American friends have a wonderful, happy and peaceful Thanksgiving.
The last few weeks my Fibromyalgia has been bad. When it hits I want to hibernate to go to a dark cave and lick my wounds. The very thing I need to do for my mental health is to socialise online with friends, but instead I pop my head out say hello and disappear. So apologies to all of you if I haven’t reached out.
So here are a few things I have been working on…
My iPhone has been my friend for processing and for ease of use. I can’t move around much to take shots so two out of the three photos were by iPhone then processed on my iPad.
I love the wooden background and the sharp clarity of the props.
A morning out in Bristol all processing done with Stackables and Distressed FX.
This shot was taken down by the floating harbour in Bristol, processed in Lightroom and two layers of kk_stamped_softly added.
Have a good week everybody I’m using Instagram a lot these days you can find me at viv_halliwell I’d love to see you.
As the rain and wind pummel the leaves and it gets slippery underfoot I thought I would post some farewell images.
Early morning light on my walk through the park
So goodbye Autumn it was great…
October was a wonderful month full of colour and warmth.
Isn’t it funny that a day can make all the difference to how you look at the world ? Sunday I felt ill, Fibromyalgia, cold, achy and downright miserable. Not an ounce of enthusiasm and grumpy to boot. Today it’s raining and cold and I still feel achy , but I played with my tripod and trusty Lumix (still haven’t decided on a name) . The light was hideous but with the tripod and Lightroom I had a great time.
I feel Autumn edits should be gritty I don’t know why but the rusts, reds and yellows look so good with lots of contrast.
A different effect desaturated but enough contrast to show the veins in the leaf and the crackles in the pot.
Finally I have been playing with typography and as the retro look is so popular at the moment I made this….
Sigh that was fun…..
PS Thank you Mark for putting up with grumpy me 🙂