Finding my Bliss

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Mesmerize


My paper collage ' Mesmerize', 
because this is what I am when  
in the company
of all the
 beautiful, creative souls
at
Rebecca's blog

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Monday, 27 September 2010

Can't Help Playing with Light




Just a little rider to this post on how my new season look was created:

Banner

  • Five images were selected with similar hue and shade, resized to fit the banner area 830 x 300 pixels approx.
  • Using Corel Photopaint software I skewed some of the images, adding perspective so they appear to come forward, after feathering I grouped them horizontally on the top of a base image.
  • Skewed text was added as the final layer.
  • The template was changed in Blogger using Simple template and anzeletti. template image. 
  • I customised the look to suit the new autumn colours using the 'Advanced Settings', for anyone who hasn't tried, this is straight forward.

Images

  1. Was captured using the macro button on my camera, the lens was pressed against a candle holder with see through glass decoration towards the light.
  2. Morning sun on area of water on my slate window ledge with reflection of blue glass vase.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Playing with Light

I mentioned earlier that I would be adding a new element to my blog entitled 'Lessons Learnt'  To that end I thought it would be a good idea if I could think of something that would visually express this idea?  My daughter came up with the visual - 'wise old owl' and between us we set about creating one.

At this point I must say thank you to Monica of Bohemian Shadows for reminding me of an old technique called sgraffito which I used here:

For a step by step guide on how to achieve this look visit  Bohemian Shadows.

A Photographic - 
No Digital Manipulation Texture:
Here's something that fascinates me in photography, the play of light, the different effects light can produce with just a tilt of the object to be captured. To illustrate the difference I shot the same image in two different lights, the one here was taken indoors with the normal domestic light. 

The second image that excites me the most, was taken on the window ledge in natural light, the artwork tilted just the right amount so that the light hits at an angle and causes the image to look textured.



Keep a Look Out for this Wise Old Owl!

Friday, 24 September 2010

Haiku my Heart

This is my first post linking to the beautiful blog of Rebecca at "recuerda mi corazon" I had never heard of the word haiku before but wanted to be part of the group that happens on Friday because such wonderful words and images are posted with lots of meaning.  So after Googling (although Rebecca does explain, I sort of missed it somehow!) this is my contribution, I think I've got the gist of it?




The Beauty Beneath,
Reflects the Beauty Above,
A Cyclical Source!



Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Lessons Learnt #1 Believe

The other day I mentioned my intention to add an element to my blog entitled 'Lessons Learnt'.  Well, number one lesson came almost immediately!  'Believe'.  You see after I wrote my blog I went off and started doubting myself, thinking who would be interested anyway?  No one will bother whether or not I write about lessons learnt.  I was wrong and was surprised that I had a comment so soon not only liking my idea, but said "count me in".


On the same day before I looked at my blog I noticed from my kitchen widow a spider spinning her web, a fine specimen don't you think?  I just had to take a photograph, (yes I'm soon distracted from the kitchen sink these days) don't get me wrong it's not because I particularly enjoy natural history photography but the fact this spider seemed to be suspended in mid-air miles away from anything caught my attention!  

Turning to my love I said "she's never spinning a web there is she?  It will never survive".  We went out to inspect her work being attached to the shrubbery between the house and boundary wall by fine, silky strands, a distance of well over six feet!  I watched her all day long being buffeted by the wind, she just kept hanging in there spinning away.  Evening time came, there she was sitting pretty in the completed web but I couldn't see any fruits for her labour thinking she'll be gone in the morning!




Next day she was still there in all her glory, sun lighting up her beautiful work.  I was stunned and surprised, looking closer my love pointed out the finer details of her body 'artwork', can you see?  Skull and Crossbones very trendy hey?

Today low and behold she's still hanging out there in the breeze.
Still can't see what's sustaining her presence. 
Still no sign of supper!  
Something's keeping her there though!

 SELF-BELIEF

To the spider self-belief is 'Second Nature' we have to work a little harder! 


Sunday, 19 September 2010

Season of Change

Blog speak has been about changing seasons lately,  approaching colder days, nourishing food and snugly layers, speaking of which my attention became sharply focused on this as I sat blogging in the cool, wondering where my long, woollen winter cardigan had gone?  The one that covers my bottom and stops any cool air from contacting my thighs as I sit in the coldest room of the house until the Aga is permanently lit.  My usual trick is to have a thorough clearing out in spring of everything that makes me feel frumpy after the long winter, everything that hinders my intention to start the spring in style, only to regret it when autumn approaches and Jack Frost starts nipping again!  This year I was relieved to find it had been tucked away safe and sound for another blogging winter season!

So I think I have learnt a lesson, one of many this year I hasten to add, the thought occurred to me that it might be useful to add a little section to my blog under the heading Lessons Learnt?  Why? To remind myself of important lessons along my journey.  If anyone would like to comment I would really appreciate it and if anyone would like to add their own take on Lessons Learnt this too would be great!

I'm going to be changing my banner soon so I will add this new element then, in the meantime here are some  images I have found from my archive that may be right for this wonderful cozy season.  Which do you think?