Finding my Bliss

Friday, 13 January 2017

Happy Haiku New Year

Bare winter branches
bathed in mystical moonshine
stirring some magic!


Hello and a Happy New Year to you and yours...

I feel like a stranger to this online space it being nearly two months since I last tapped the keys here. I've been living a kind of nomadic existence recently flitting between houses with the addition of my new little tin home that perches on a Welsh hillside overlooking the ocean. What with Christmas and New Year I have been sleeping in random beds! The acquisition of my tin home is something I have dreamed about for ages and now it has come to pass so I've been bathing in ocean magic....

Something else that has kept me creatively occupied lately is my regular postings on Instagram, I have taken to posting haiku and images there as a meditative practice which satisfies both my need to create and also to focus, I have set the intention to continue this practice for 2017 and also to research the subject, perhaps write about my findings here as I believe this art-form to be therapeutic and of great value. I'm also considering self-publishing my findings along with some of my work for I have been posting haiku and image for almost seven years now and would like to consolidate both, watch this space!

I have to thank the lovely Rebecca over at Recuerda mi Corazon who introduced me to Japanese haiku poetry many moons ago not ever having heard of it myself before as it's not very well known over here in the UK.  I was a newby to the 575 syllable poetry but soon picked up the simple gist of a wonderful life honouring therapy.  Over the years it has become a familiar friend helping me to focus my attention when times were tough and through many dark days as well as bright ones too, I highly recommend this practice, you can join in with other haiku lovers over at ~


Haiku my Heart
Recuerda mi Corazon

Friday, 18 November 2016

A Winged Haiku

Winged things on my mind
bringing messages of peace
but mostly of TRUST




#Artistsforlove  is an on-line movement where the overriding principle is one of love and belonging to which I am happy to add my name.... 
 Also linking with Haiku my Heart ~ the Home of inclusion.
Recuerda mi Corazon 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Shadow Land & Spontaneity


Usually in photography I practice the concept of noticing the moments and what arises and arrives spontaneously as opposed to a staging experience i.e. purposefully choosing a subject to capture. Picking up the camera when something hits my radar of perception is second nature and this in turn mostly leads to the pleasurable treasures of intuitive photography.  Recently due to the exceptional brilliance of the autumn sun through my windows there have been lots of opportunities to capture the clarity of shadows or their subtlety for that matter! Shadow photography is a favourite form of imaging for me.  However, I wanted to make the shots a little more defined for added interest so this lead me to try manufacturing the outcome, or in other words staging!  This doesn't come naturally to me during a photography experience for it touches on the subject of control, taking me out of the comfort zone of going with a meditative flow and into the area of thinking or a cognitive interruption. Anyway I tried a few familiar techniques such as introducing other items only to be frustrated with the outcome as the results lacked a certain 'je ne sais quoi' or x factor that you can't always verbalize but know when it is lacking! Having said that I am all for experimentation and exploring photography, like every other art-form it's all about pushing the boundaries and there are lots of artists well known for their endeavours. It's horses for courses!
I think this runs a lot deeper psychologically speaking for photography when intuitively engaged in as it mirrors what is going on inside and is what is reflected back in the work. For the intuitive painter for example, it will be a spontaneous moving about of paint to bring forth from within, whereas the classically trained artist may want to present their cognitive ideas through skills and techniques learned. There is a lot of satisfaction in building a skills-base for your art-form and some would say an essential prerequisite but for me it is when you get off of the well tried and beaten track that the real adventure begins!  There is no right or wrong path of course but for me it always comes back to spontaneity which gives such a thrill when magical moments arise out of nowhere. Which brings me again onto the subject of the wonderful intuitive painters Flora Bowley & Shiloh Sophia. I was interested in their 'revolutionary' talk and what they had to say about a 'new movement' which I will be expanding on in a future post ~ Look Out.






BN ~ After a spontaneous capture moment in shadow-land I was able to play and bring more definition to to my image in Picasa using HDR-ish, yes I love to combine my skills based graphics artistry with intuitive photography.