Friday, 29 June 2012

Week 39 - 365

From the top:  playing football; ballet rehearsals; finding colour in unexpected places; the gorgeous roses in my garden; sweet potato; making flower jewellery; liberating my art.

Hope you've all had a lovely week and happy weekend. :)

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Rainbow colours

I saw this mural when we were on holiday in France - such lovely happy colours to cheer you up as you walk into the supermarket!  Shutter Sisters are rounding off their month of colour today with a rainbow theme and I thought this would be fitting.  Loving these colour bar charts too (from The Coffee Shop Blog).

Come and check all the happy rainbow colours out. :)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Senses and delights

I've been doing Susannah Conway's Exploring the Senses - an ecourse that she offered free with pre-orders of her book This I Know (thank you, Susannah!).  In the course we are encouraged to explore our senses further and it's amazing how your senses are heightened when you are really paying attention to them and challenging them a bit.  Yesterday when catching up on a few favourite blogs, I came across a post at Jamie Ridler Studios called Discovering Delight.  In it she has listed five of her favourite things under each sense.  She's also created a pdf to download and record your own with a challenge to savour some (or all of them!) this month (you can find the pdf here).  So, inspired by Susannah's ecourse and Jamie's post, here are some of my favourite 'delights' that I'll be seeking out over the next few weeks.

fresh ground coffee
freshly laundered sheets, dried outside on the washing line
fresh cut grass
sunshine skin (you know, that holiday, sun-tan lotiony, sunny skin smell)
the sea
mimosa, lavender, honeysuckle, jasmine, lily of the valley (in fact pretty much any flower, although I guess they would be my absolute favourites!)

the sea
children laughing
rain (when I'm inside dry and cosy!)
snow - what my dad used to call the silence of snow.  My brothers totally mocked him for it but I know exactly what he you?
crackles on a bonfire

kites flying
wide expanse of (empty) sandy beaches
my daughter bouncing on the trampoline when she thinks no-one is watching and her hair and limbs are flying all over the place!

peach bellinis (made properly with white peach juice, it really does matter!)
fresh coffee - my own special mix of espresso coffee and hazelnut roast
chocolate - preferably sweet milk chocolate
marmite on toast
spicy prawns

running sand through my fingers
barefeet in cool water
barefeet on grass - sums up the start of summer for me!
glass smoothed by the sea - I used to collect this as a child.  They must have really cleaned up the beaches because I always look, but I haven't really found any for years now.
the heat of the sun on my face
freshly laundered cotton sheets

So, what about you?   What's on your list?

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Texture Tuesday

There is something so beautiful about lavender.  The colour and scent says summer to me.  This is Hidcote lavender, my favourite, cut from my garden this morning.

Image process with Kim Klassen textures reverie and grunged up.


Monday, 25 June 2012

Hello Monday

Iiiiiiiit's Monday again!  How was your weekend?  I've been having fun playing with glitter and shapes!

And having fun in:

visiting a pretty garden (the Medicine Gardens, so beautiful!):

and watching ballet rehearsals:

This week we're saying:

Hello to 4 semi "lucky" (aka sunny!) days, according to the the weather forecast
Hello to play dates
Hello to a better stab at healthy eating than last week
Hello to curry and a catch up with my neighbours
Hello to getting out and about in our "lucky" weather
Hello to awesome, in person workshop with Kat Sloma.  Check all her workshop details here.  I am all signed up to the London workshop and so excited!

What are you saying hello to on this glittery, sparkly Monday?

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.
Glitter texture by Pugly Pixel.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Week 38 - 365

From the top:  this mug made me smile; Father's day card by the Moo; London on a balmy evening; playing with shutter speed in photography class; pretty purple flowers in my garden; garden display; more grey skies.

Phew, almost forgot to post this!  Hope you're all having a lovely weekend. :)

Friday, 22 June 2012

Linear Perspective

Exploring with a Camera is looking at linear perspective this month.  You can read Kat's full post here.  Here are my examples:

Leading lines
Where converging lines draw the eye in to the subject at the vanishing point of the converging lines. 

In my example, the eye is drawn through the cemetery to the view of the countryside.

Diminishing lines lead you in to the distance, giving depth to the image.

In this example the fence goes on as through the trees as far as the eye can see and beyond.

The orientation of the image also give linear perspective.

Portrait images tend to emphasise height - in the image the image below, the eye is drawn to the tall mast of the boat.

Whereas the eye is drawn to the wide sweep of the river if the shot is in landscape:

Similarly, the eye is drawn to the height of the trees:

Whereas the eye is drawn along the path in the landscape shot:


The lines here are not straight but lead your eye deeper into the image along the edge of the lake.

In this image the height of the trees is emphasised but your eye also follow the path.  I also like the lines in the sky, drawing your eye upwards and adding depth to the sky too.

Here the lines from the side panel draw your eye upwards to the line in the (off) centre and then along, highlighting the beautiful lampshades.

Linear perspective is such a great way of drawing you into a photograph and adding depth and context.  I love that doing something as simple as changing the orientation of your image can bring new emphasis and a completely alter the overall context and message of your photograph.  So many possibilities!

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Texture Tuesday

London was bathed in beautiful light yesterday evening.  Picture perfect. 

Here's my shot of the Eye (taken on iphone), given a vintage feel with Kim Klassen's happy hour and grunged up.


Monday, 18 June 2012

Hello Monday

Another Monday...they come round so fast!  Some random shots from this weekend, a quiet one, celebrating Father's day and generally chilling out.

Garden activities for the Moo:



Tea and a magazine for me:

and enjoying the garden....without the warmth from the sun we're not getting quite the summery scents you expect at this time of year, but still pretty to look at:

Poppy head...amazing to think it was a vibrant bloom this time last week

Saying hello to:

pretty new shirt....loving the detail.

Hello to a theatre trip, my favourite kind of outing, yay!
Hello to meeting up with friends for coffee
Hello to sorting out my study area
Hello to healthy eating
Hello to family time with cousins

The Moo has taken to checking my phone for the weather and if there is sunny weather forecast she calls it a lucky day....apparently we have three "lucky" days this week. :) 

What are you saying hello to?

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Week 37 - 365

From the top:  the Moo taking her shot; rainy days and puddles; very cold June and soup for lunch; selfie reflection in my computer screen; sun and a heart shadow; current favourite colour combo; beautiful dress spied today - a girl can dream. :)

Hope you've had a great week and have a lovely weekend. :)

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Pretty contrasts

This is my favourite colour combination at the minute so when I saw these today I had to have them.  Love the contrast of blues and oranges, so pretty.

Created for Beyond Layers.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Shades of green

Whilst not a fan of the rain, I am a fan of green, and there is no denying quite how green my garden is at the minute.

There is a spot on my sofa that I sit every morning, sipping my coffee and looking out on my little garden.  This is the view that I have and whilst the weeds are a bit out of hand, there are spaces where my favourite Marguerite daisies have yet to be planted and the lawn could do with a mow, it's a view I completely love.

As the seasons change, so does this little view of mine.  But it's funny, I know that I get cross that I can see our rickety old fence when everything dies back in the winter but whilst it looks as it does now I forget all that and this is really the only way I can picture it.  Lush, green, my own little haven.  It will of course change with the seasons and there is nothing quite like seeing it bathed in warm sunny sunlight but for now I am savouring these gorgeous and varied greens. 

Inspired by Susannah Conway's Exploring the Senses.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Blah and scones

All this rain.....seems to have given me a bad case of the blahs.  All the beautiful things I'm seeing out there in interweb land have started to make me feel inadequate rather than inspired and where I would usually just grab my camera and head out for a walk, I am instead gazing out of the window as the rain streams down the glass for the I'm-not-sure-what-number-day-we're on-now.  But I do know it's a big number.

A few weeks ago, being kind to yourself was a topic over at Beyond Layers.  To be honest, I didn't pay it that much attention then.  I was bright and happy, full of ideas and inspiration and not really in need of any self kindness.  But the cycle always comes round and that's where I've found myself.

Even though it's June, I've been craving comfort food and a bit of warmth.  So yesterday I made myself tea and scones.  There is something about the process of making something from scratch that is very therapeutic, even better when it's something you are making just for you.  Just because.

Even laying it out to photograph was pretty therapeutic, all those circles to play with!

I was sill in need of a little colour, so I painted my nails. I don't know why painting my finger nails always seems such a treat, but it does. Probably because I hardly ever do it. This is a colour combo that jumped out at me this week and the orangey coral colour was already on my toes, so purple was the obvious choice.

I can't say I'm quite there yet.  It really does feel like it might rain forever.  But it's amazing how some small things like these can lift your spirits and stop you moping. 

So tell me, what little acts of kindness lift you out of the blahs?

Monday, 11 June 2012

Hello Monday

Hello Monday

Grey, wet weather has had us craving colour so when we saw this on Saturday afternoon:

we were out in the garden with the camera on the lookout for the brightest colours we could find.  And we found some pretty bright ones:

and one of my favourite, cheerful little flowers, daisies.  Love how they are reaching out and drinking up the sun and casting little shadows on the paving stones.

I have a photographer's assistant these days......well, fellow photographer actually.  And we have ALL angles covered!

This Monday we are saying:

Hello to more rain (boo)
Hello to one last day of half term
Hello to getting on top of my admin (you know, maybe...)
Hello to seeing the National Theatre's Frankenstein at the cinema - excited to see it as I couldn't get theatre tickets
Hello to more colour seeking
Hello to playing with two new (to me!) iphone apps - marblecam and magic hour
and finally
Hello to being brave and putting some of my art out there - have you see this over at Kat Eye Studio?  I'm all signed up, come and join us, share your art and get some happy mail this summer.  Click on the link for the details.

Have a great Monday. :)

Linking up with Lisa Leonard.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Week 36 - 365

From the top:  trip to London to see the flags and bunting; tiny crashed out feet whilst we watched the river pagaent on TV; watching the jubilee concert; jubilee cupcakes for the (rather soggy) street party; the Moo has taken up my photo habit - I found a load of photos she'd taken on my phone - here's one she took of her nail varnishes; lazy morning reading together; dressed as a Princess and watching some TV.

Hope you've all had a great week and have a lovely weekend. :)

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Photo-Heart Connection - May

Now we are six by AA Milne

When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,
I was nearly new.
When I was three,
I was hardly me.
When I was four,
I was not much more.
When I was five,
I was just alive.
But now I am six,
I'm as clever as clever.
So I think I'll be six
now and forever.

Believe me when I say, that would be fine with me. :)

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Jubilee Mania!

London in particular has been awash with Diamond Jubilee decorations and celebrations and it has been really rather lovely.  Here are some of my favourites from our trip at the weekend:

Looking down Regent Street:

Corgi love at Liberty:

Sparkles at Carnaby Street:

Jermyn Street:

Kitsch Britannia:

British bulldog; Jubilee biscuits in a musical tin that winds up and plays the National Anthem (my personal favourite); souvenir flags; waving Queen.

A little more subdued at the Ritz (and possibly in need of a touch more blue..):

Bunting Galore:

And a polite message to all....

Celebrations are ongoing and we have our own street party later on today.  So, in true British style....fingers crossed for the weather! (it's not looking good....)

If you'd like to know more about the Diamond Jubilee and see the very charming logo designed by ten year old Katherine Dewar, the official website is here.

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