Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Today...


Polaroid Flower Scatter


So here's what's happening around here to day:
  • It's half term, yay!  Though an appearance from Mr Sunshine would be lovely..
  • I restarted doing morning pages today.  
  • As a result, I restarted my 365 collection of moments project.  I don't know why I stopped.  They look like nothing special but looking back on them is such a fantastic reminder of our everyday.  Must keep going. :)
  • I love summer but I do spend a lot of time obsessing about my diet....I love cooking and eating so I am trying hard to keep it healthy but accept that my figure will never go back to how it was in my 20s.
Life has been going 100 miles an hour.  Time to slow down, even if only for this week.

Happy Tuesday. :)


Image above process with Kim Klassen textures anna1301 and simple.
Frame by fuzzimo.
Linking up with Texture Tuesday.
You can see my 365: collection of moments here.


Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Unsettled


unsettled

Sometimes I just can't settle.  And when I can't settle, I'm not very decisive and I'm not very productive.  I've been tinkering about with this image on and off for ages now.  I can't tell if I like it or not or if it captures the mood I was going for.  But if I don't post it I will have spent an awful lot of time with nothing to show for it.  And maybe I'll come back tomorrow and love it (or not...).

Take that people who say you should only publish your best work. ;)

Always, always a work in progress.  Some days more than others.  Sigh.

Happy Tuesday. :)


Image created for Texture Tuesday using Kim Klassen texture rest_magic.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Think happy


Think happy


All children should see a field of buttercups, for it is a sight that somehow belongs to childhood, and should shine in childhood's memory all down the years.
Enid Blyton

For me this quote is absolutely true.  Buttercups always remind me of my childhood, make me smile and encourage me to think happy.


Sharing in some yellow love at Texture Tuesday.
Image processed using Kim Klassen texture enlightened.


Wishing you a buttercup filled Tuesday. :)




Friday, 9 May 2014

Friday's Letter


The Flower Jar


Dear Friday,

I'm very pleased to see you.  Even though it was a short week with the bank holiday on Monday,  I am in need of a quiet weekend and a bit of tinkering about with my camera, reading and regular weekend activities.

Nearly there.

Love, Me


Beautiful little camelia table decoration found at the Bridal Flower show at my local church.
Sharing with Friday Finds.


Happy weekend. :)



Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Cow Parsley


Cow Parsley


A little bit of cow parsley taken on my walk today.  Taken on my iphone and processed throught the apps VSCOcam, afterlight and scratchcam.

Head on over to app happy Wednesday for more app inspiration. :)


Keeping With The Times


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Quiet


Stillness

After a busy holiday weekend all is quiet here today.

I attended my first art fair over the weekend at a gorgeous venue near where I live.  Lots of friends came to support me and I met some lovely artists. I had such a fun and inspirational time and I even made a few sales.

For today, though, a little quiet.  To reflect and recharge.

How are you today?

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Image processed using Kim Klassen textures xanthe and anne_2b.
Linking up with Texture Tuesday.



Monday, 5 May 2014

A little blog tour....


The lovely Cathy over at My Corner Through my Lens very kindly invited me to join in with a virtual blog tour.  The idea is that lots of lovely bloggers will answer the same questions and link up to each other allowing all of us to meet some new creative folk. So.....

Firstly, pop over to Cathy's site, check out her answers and have a little look round.

Don't worry, I'll wait....just don't forget to come back. ;)

All done?

OK.  Here are my answers to those same questions.

What am I working on?
Well.  At this very moment as you read this, I have a stall at my first art fair.  I never really thought this would happen but through this blog and my connection with other creatives I have (very gradually) found the confidence to put my work out there.  If you read my very first post, you'll get a sense of how far I've come!

My work, really though, continues to be growth.  Photography and creativity are the channels that makes this possible and so I continue to work on those areas on a daily basis.  Much of the product of that can be found here on Catching Sundust.

Apples


Why do I write/create what I do?
 In essence, I created this blog as a place to put my photographs and find my voice.  I had no idea quite how powerful the (almost!) daily practice of photographing and writing would be.  Not all of it appears on my blog.  Journalling has become a daily routine for me and I take photographs most days, even if it's just a quick shot on my phone.  As an introvert, I find it invaluable in giving me a quiet space to take stock and sort out my thoughts and a great opportunity to practice gratitude in the celebration of my ordinary everyday.  Patti Digh's quote from Creative is a Verb is still one of my favourites

Because it's our ordinary we believe it is everyone's ordinary.  It is not.

If you'd like to read more about how this blog came to be - and how I chose the name Catching Sundust, check out my about page.





How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Nostalgia and memory trigger play a really big part in both my photography and my writing.  Very few of my images are set up or stylized.  I am interested in capturing simple, natural, everyday moments where an element such as the light or subject matter has triggered a memory or feeling and caused me to reach for my camera.



Afternoon light

How does your creative process work?
For me, all photographs begin with a feeling or memory.  The fading autumn light creating a glow across open books on my dining table or three friends starting out together.  Those are the things that make me pick up my camera in the first place.  Once I have captured the image, I love using processing to enhance the feeling I hope to have captured.

Writing works in a similar way.  It starts with an emotion or sentiment that I want to express.  This can be prompted by lots of things - an image, something I've read, something that happened that day - and I go from there.

I rarely plan my images or writing.  Even if I am writing or creating an image for a prompt, I have to let it sit until, quite suddenly, a feeling or idea will hit me.  It's a strange process for me and very unlike other aspects of my life where I like to plan and be in control!

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And now to the part where I pass the baton on to the next participants.  I asked lots of different creatives to join the tour but many had already been asked - and are participating so follow the links and you'll find them! - or were too busy (being creative, so I think we can let that slide!) and I simply ran out of time to find 3.   However, I managed to be the first to ask León of See Blue Lens and I am thrilled that she said yes. :)  In her own words....

León (aka seabluelee) has been taking photographs off and on since childhood and loves the free time that retirement has given her to pursue her hobby. She particularly loves photographing nature and backyard wildlife, but will turn her camera on anything that catches her attention. You can find her at Sea Blue Lens. http://seabluelens.wordpress.com.


And I'm so pleased that Eos said yes too!  You can find Eos at Eos Koch.  She is an artist and graphic and web designer and has a gorgeous, inspirational blog with lovely lifestyle photography.

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So, thank you for being here. The inspiration and connections I have made continue to amaze and overwhelm me and I am so grateful for all of you.

(and I am hoping that I haven't incurred 100 years of bad luck for semi-breaking the chain....)

Have a good week. x




Friday, 2 May 2014

Friday's Letter


carousel


Dear Confidence,

It is unfortunate that your radar seems to be tuned in to the most crucial moments and you take them as your cue to abandon me.

After all these years, you'd think I'd have come up with a back up plan.

But I haven't.

And I need you.

So JUST GET BACK HERE.  OK?

{please}

Love, Me



Thursday, 1 May 2014

May Day reflection


Swirl


I was dreaming about the colourful ribbons of the maypole.
Instead it's rainy and grey
And I'm feeling blue.
Longing for the yellows and reds of summer
Trying to be content with the green of today.


Linking up with Writealm.

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