Light and Dark – The Studio Edition

 

 

Prompts for 16th March were for shadow play, I know this isn’t quite what Kim planned for me to do but hey, I went with the flow and this is what I came up with…Both photos were taken with my iPhone 5s.

Taken late afternoon when the shadows were lengthening, giving the image a vintage look.

 

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 Processed in Lightroom, preset Softness of Time. Taken into Photoshop and a chalkboard texture added from FrenchKiss. I then added an overlay from Anna Aspnes AASPN_Capture.

 

 

 

A lighter image taken in full sun earlier in the day.

 

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Frame by Anna Aspnes. brush by me….

 

 

 

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Learning to let go…

Celebrating my recent finds….

 Some examples of my digital art. Most of the time at the moment I’m using Anna Aspnes supplies, her work is perfect for my thoughts. I’m returning to my first love digital scrapbooking, being as artful as possible.

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 Using AASPN_ArtPlayPaletteBlossom, ArtPlayPaletteBeautifulDay ,Urbanstitchez

The wonderful scarf is from Knock Knock Linen on Etsy see them HERE

 

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A sweet little perfume bottle found locally.

colourFrames by Katie Pertiet, brushes by Anna Aspnes.

My new Anthropologie cup inspired a watercolour layout.

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Supplies Anna Aspnes

I love seaside colours, the houses and the beach huts…

Have a sunny weekend…….

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Friday Finds

 

 

What I’m listening to – Jolie Holland listen HERE

 

This week Mark and I travelled to Salisbury to visit Barbara my groupie friend who has moved to this historic and wonderful cathedral city. To quote Bill Bryson.:

“There is no doubt in my mind that Salisbury Cathedral is the single most beautiful structure in England and the close around it the most beautiful space. Every stone, every wall, every shrub, is just right.

~ Notes from a Small Island 

There I found –

Peace

chapel

Solitude

 

cloisters

 

 

 

Poignancy

memorial

 

 

 

 

Light

water

 

 

 

     Beauty
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Have a wonderful weekend. Mark and I are off to London for a few days so weather permitting I will be out hunting with my camera….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday a Miscellany

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“A collection of various items, parts, or ingredients.”
 Family finds
In this set of photographs I am wearing many hats. A Be Still Class, a prompt from The Studio. The subjects of this series are part of the family history.
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The violin was owned by Mark’s great uncle Will Dermott. Will signed up to go to war when he was only 18.
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He was killed in action shortly afterwards. so as you can see this instrument is precious.
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The music books belonged to Mark’s mother and father, they loved music and had a piano in the music room where Pat played and Richard sang. Sometimes at Christmas when the children were little we all stood and sang carols together. We have quite a collection of originals.
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We have bought some black material as a backdrop I love it,  so now I can be as organic and moody as I like. Also to add to our photography equipment we have bought a little Manfrotto monopod, I can see we will be fighting over it !!!
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 Have a great weekend…..
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 PS apologies for the layout of the blog , WordPress is being very awkward !!!

Thoughts from the Desktop

What I’m listening to a wonderful Bristolian musician Jim Moray listen HERE

Its been some time since I have written a blog post about anything other than photography and digital art. I supppose it is because now my focus has turned towards creating rather than writing. I find I can express myself more fully through photography than anything else.

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 Bristol Harbour using kk_branded

 

 

I hope to turn towards more contemplative work as the year progresses. To me my pictures can express my feelings far better than words.

 

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The sight of a sun flare, a seagull on a post, some rusty chains all these can express in me some reaction or emotion. Project Life is a great way to document daily life, my artistic work leans more to expressing an emotion. And then there is landscape and urban photography, so many choices.

 

 

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Bristol wall art…

 

 

I don’t think I will ever be able to concentrate fully on any particular genre I am a definitely ‘go with the flow’ type. I still ‘shoot from the hip’ that is why my most spontaneous shots are my favourites.

 

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Starring today is the wonderful city of Bristol, it has just become European Green Capital for 2015. Full of history and vibrancy, both alternative and arty, home of Banksy. Both of my  children will be living there soon so I hope to explore more. As a taster check this out HERE

 

Joining with Kim for Texture Tuesday

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Friday Finds – Rediscover

 

What I’m listening to…. The James Riley Band check them out HERE

 

This week thanks to my lovely husband and my birthday gift, I have rediscovered my love of playing with layers and digital scrapping. I have been feeling a bit meugh recently about my scrapping. I feel as if I haven’t progressed in learning new techniques. But with a larger and more beautiful screen I’m feeling enthusiastic again…. This was a page I created whilst thinking about Kim’s post in The Studio about photographing from above…

 

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Some typography.

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my own design

Finally some Gerbera gorgeousness….

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Supplies by Cathy Zielske and Kim K…

Have a great weekend….

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Be Still weeks 27, 28 and 29

It’s catch up time. For weeks 27, 28 and 29 I used the same chair with different props.

 

 

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Using black foam core, Kim’s texture ‘magic film’ and a preset that I created called, ‘green bottle’. I had to use a tripod the light was very poor but I’m pleased with the outcome…

Weeks 28 and 29, 3 things a chair and side light.

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A little felt heart I made, with a card from Liz Lamoreux and a pretty plaster heart I picked up on my travels. I used a preset I made called ‘chalk’ then into PS for a texture or two.

 

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The light is coming from the right and I love the tiny bit of shadow on the cap. Again same preset and Kim’s texture ‘aurora’ a particular favourite.

 

 

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Finally a sweet little jug, a pink heart and a little hanging bag that I made. Can you guess I love hearts !!!!

Looking at the world through different eyes

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” 
― Barbara KingsolverAnimal Dreams

 

What I’m listening to :- Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes. I particularly love ‘White Winter Hymnal’

 

I’m looking at abstracts and textures at the moment, it’s something I have become more interested in. To me this image represents my feelings at the moment. some light but lots of dark, sometimes I have a light bulb moment then almost a dive back into the dark.

I find this time of year as the dark comes early I hibernate, this year I must fill my world with more light.

 

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 I manipulated the image in Snapseed and Lightroom then textured in Photoshop.

 

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 Taken in my little studio early morning with my iPhone .

How do you cope with dark days ?

Finally here is my latest scrap page I decided to go retro !
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TEXTURE TUESDAY

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.

 

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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.

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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….

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Sigh that was fun…..

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PS Thank you Mark for putting up with grumpy me 🙂