I’ve been off work for five months now and I fully feel that I have relaxed and tuned into ‘me’. I am noticing how often I see pictures in my head. Especially in my dreams. I will often wake up and have a very distinct picture, fully formed, in my mind. Mostly I forget them but if I get to my tablet quickly enough, I can get the picture down ‘on paper’.
This is happening more and more and I suppose that now I am not rushing around like a mad thing, and now that I have time to practice capturing these pictures, then I am getting better at it. I am also, like anyone, prone to different moods and I am getting better at converting the mood into a picture. There isn’t much merit in some pictures of course, but my workbook is filling up with little scribbles and some of them make it into bigger works. It’s exciting.
The picture above is called “Dreams” and was a very clear picture in my head a couple of mornings ago. I have no idea what it means but I love the colours!
I also found out today that I was a runner up in a local photographic street photography competition which I am very pleased about. The standard is high, I have entered a couple of times before and not got anywhere, and the normal winners / runners up are mainly professionals. So to be included among them is a huge boost. Not bad for a woman who only bought her first proper camera in January!
I have been busy with other stuff…. and I realised just now that I hadn’t picked up my camera for a few days. So what’s going on?! The weather has been lousy and I think I am so obsessed with light and shadows that on a dull day I just don’t see anything that makes me think “Quick!! I have to take a picture!” – so I haven’t (I really feel strongly that you cannot force these things, it will come or it won’t). Also, since starting to paint seriously again after a few years of pfaffing around, I guess my creativity is split at the moment!
Anyway, today is gloriously (and unexpectedly) sunny and I was in the middle of upholstering the chairs when I looked out of the window and these shadows really called to me. I love the mix of shapes on the fence, and then the texture of the fence behind.
I also love black and white in photographs – my art work is always extremely colourful but with a camera I think I prefer the simplification that black and white brings. It strips everything back to shape and texture.
I feel like I am really in the groove at the moment with having ideas and trying them out. I am saddened that it has taken two months off work before the fog really started to clear but happy that it has – I knew it would come back at some point!
More tomorrow…. 🙂
I feel torn creatively now, obviously I am excited about my photography and all my ideas of what I can do with it, but now I have the painting ideas too! I was so absorbed in painting today, it was a while before I picked up my camera. The sun was just peaking through the window (on what was otherwise a pretty drab day) and the tulips looked gorgeous. So here you are!
I took this time from work so that I could exercise my creativity muscle and it is certainly working so far!
Did I mention I am also upholstering two chairs at the moment?! Maybe some pics of them soon too.
No-one has taken my free art friday pic yet! Not sure if I am pleased it is still there or sad that no-one has claimed it!
It’s a glorious day here (after yesterday being so drab) and I have already seen at least a dozen things I want to photograph! So I am feeling a little frustrated, but they are all things I could come back to – I think if I saw something that was a one off, then I would just do it 🙂
Trying to be mindful, I waited until something really jumped out at me and I loved the shadows of these little tête-à-tête on the wall – almost as much as the sunny daffodils themselves!
Channeling my creative urges into reupholstering some chairs and doing some craft-work today, and designing a new website, and…. too many things! Agghhhh!
How did I ever have time to work? How will I ever have time to go back to work? Because I kinda know I am going to have to find a job at some point. I’ve been volunteering at a local library, unfortunately what they need me to do is sit in a room and do nothing for two hours, which I find incredibly hard to do – so I am currently torn between my civic duty (I think it’s important to give back) and my sanity.
Enjoy the sunshine!
No sunshine today, I was on Skype with my daughter who lives in South America and was caught by a glass bowl on my dining table that was reflecting the light beautifully. Obviously I waited until my conversation was over before taking the picture!
I loved the way the light causes squirls across the coloured glass.
I even dreamed that I could only take one picture a day last night!
I am starting to understand the genius of this idea. I was working in the garden this lunchtime and saw several things I wanted to photograph – but when you are limited to ONE picture a day, it gets tricky. The old me would probably have spent a happy half hour snapping about 20 pictures and then come inside to process them and see what I had. The new me has to decide beforehand what the hell to do!
Would it be the wonderful yellow daffodils against the newly painted green fence?
Or the shadows of the washing on the grass?
I was particularly struck by the pegs against the blue sky – I loved the colours, so sunny and optimistic and since it is the first time I have been able to hang the washing outside this year, I opted for that one.
First decision taken! Then I had to carefully think about focus, angles, composition – all in my head before I clicked!
In the full sun it was hard to see if what I got was even in focus so I nervously came indoors to upload the picture to my PC – and I have to say I am very pleased with the result!
This challenge is totally changing my approach to photography, taking me out of my comfort zone and truly making me mindful of what I am doing and that is a good thing.
Thanks to Lee for the idea 🙂
So here it is, my first picture! I didn’t want to be too quick off the starting blocks – if I am only going to take one picture a day then I need to be very mindful about what that picture is!
But it was lunchtime, I had been painting the fence all morning and I was sitting in the sun (it’s really very warm here in Hampshire today!) and I saw the wonderful shadow of this cow parsley iron sculpture I have in the garden. I couldn’t resist, it really called to me.
It was hard only taking one picture though, I had to be very careful to think it all through before I snapped. But I am pleased with the result.
I think this challenge is going to be very interesting!