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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Better late than never

Happy New year everyone.. sorry I am a bit late with my greeting.

 
 
I have been a lax blogger again... but decided to rectify this and to go for a walk today with the camera. The sun was shining when I took this decision, and of course by time I got out of the front door ..... sun had disappeared. There was still a chilly wind persisting, but wrapped up warm, decided to make the best of it.  Well worth it as it turned out,  an abundance of opportunities to take photos. I just loved the colours of this winter tree. Sure I can do something with this........
 
Whilst I was taking this shot, I heard a rustle behind me.........

 
On turning round I realised I was being watched from the top of the 6 foot fence. So I glibly passed the time of the day, telling the feline what a pretty cat it was, as you do. It was not that impressed as you can see.  Then some further rusting and scrabbling........
 

 
cat number 2 emerged....... but was not in a mood to hang around and have its beauty praised by me..... whoosh and it had disappeared over the fence.

 
Not sure if the felines had spotted some mice in the foliage on my side of the fence.... or if they were directing me to this bush..... trying very hard to flower in the freezing cold conditions. Anyone know what it is?  Amazing white flowers. Decided not to go for a big close up photo.... just in case there were mice under the bush, so you will have to zoom in.
 


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Day 19- English countryside. ...... inspiring.

 
 
Am thinking of using some landscape photos I took last year to develop some new pieces of work.  Love the sky in this one.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Day 18.. great excitement it has arrived!

 
 
The book has finally arrived.. we had 3 postal deliveries today ( unheard of normally!) .. I know there were 3, as I had been watching out for this delivery. I knew from Facebook that some of my mates had already had theirs delivered by the postie, so I was somewhat impatient and green with envy.
 
My package also had a lovely surprise of some gold paint included, for me to play with.
 
Forgive me though I had to give it the treatment, with the new free software. Just cannot stop messing about with it. ..... but now must leave you .....I have a book to read.


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Day 17---more playing with images

 
 
Can't stop playing with the layers option in Paint.net, the free software programm that Maggie Grey showed us on her blog. .
Last month I was teaching a group..... how to make a start on developing sketchbooks...... and we sketched and took photos around the town of Cricklade, where we were meeting. It was great fun.
 
This is  a photo of the Church seen through a gateway.... and I have enjoyed playing with layers today to create this image. I should be wrapping Christmas presents and stuff like that, but am enjoying playing on the computer.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Day 16 - free software and more playing....


 
Maggie Grey gave me the heads up about this free software program .... see her tutorial on her blog here, I used a photo of a hedge to try out her tutorial on layers.... so easy to do on Paint.net ( just google it) 
 
 
 
Not content.. I then used Artistic sketch from the menu.. and also inverted the photo again...... fascinating and very easy program to use.... thanks Maggie G.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Day 15 - playing with and reviewing my sketchbooks


 
 
Just a couple of sketchbook pages.... I am enjoying this sort of free work in my sketchbooks.. but the time has come to review it. I had a chat with fellow artist Bev .... and feel I am on the way to creating a meaningful review. Now is the time to play with fabrics and thread and mark making.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Day 13 - sky tonight

 
Really should have written dusk rather than tonight ... loved the colours... magical.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Day 11--- Christmas post

 
 
Its the time of year that this post box gets lots of use by the nearby residents. The postman delivering every morning to the houses also has lots of work to do. Exciting isn't it?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Day 10- the Parkinsons Disease Carers Christmas lunch

 
 
This is an unofficial group that came together on Wednesday afternoons whilst the PD sufferers went to an exercise class organised by the local Parkinsons UK branch. Their website link is here.
As carers we found we had a lot in common, and so for the last 3 years we have ben meeting for a Christmas get together at the Blunsdon House  Hotel,  we are always well looked after.
 


Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Day 9-- nostalgic summer visit

 
 
Took this photo back in the summer, whilst walking through  Burford.  Down by the River Windrush, is this wonderful bench with flower pots. Waiting for a bus here is a delightful experience. Think Burford are definitely setting the standard for thoughtful seating whilst waiting for a bus.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Day 8- Christmas lunch

 
Isn't it a wonderful feeling when a group work together well? 
 
My stitching group today all contributed to the Christmas lunch at the meeting.. soup, bread, cheese or desert. What a spread and plenty for everyone. The photo shows the end of the lunch, not a lot left!
 
We had fun too.. a secret Santa raffle and Christmas crackers too.
 
 
Lots of social chat as well. Perfect.
 
Of course ..... there was the washing up as well..... !