They are so beautiful when they sit still. This one was taken from the outside. and the next from inside... grin ... back then front... I wonder if he could see me?
Carrying on in the tulip phenomena. My brother gave these beauties to me last fall. They are the special tulip commissioned for Canada's 150 birthday .
We have had three prefect days, warm scented air and the tulips are perfect too!
Haven't got any blooming in the garden yet... that will come in another week but I couldn't resist the bouquets fresh from the florist shop. I've had them the week and even as they fall apart there is great beauty coupled with dramatic colour, patterns and texture!
Hope you had a special day!
I'm experimenting with how different paints work on timtex, which is a very stiff polyester interfacing. I have used it before to make fabric books and postcards and this will be the ultimate purpose of these experiments but I wanted to try some watercolours first. I really love this one. The paint soaked in at different rates and made some lovely patterns.
what do you think?
and every year they find their way out of the box and onto my mantle. They never fail to make me smile! No matter how cold it is outside!!!
...but christmas colours prevail even through the snow!
It's done! Advent countdown begins in 2 days and my grandson's new stockings are stuffed, boxed and ready for him. It has been fun to put together but time consuming!
These little stockings came as a fabric panel. I have backed them with other stripes and dots and he will peg them on a ribbon.
As always after we pass remembrance day my thoughts turn towards Christmas. It was a busier season in past years but I still start to think just which picture I will use for my card. Sometimes it is more the colours of the photo. I go through a lot before a decision is made but here's one I love a lot.
.. even just a single star full...
....buds and full blooms still growing gorgeous in October, though not here. In Regent's park, London! I'm sure they were blooming just for me!
Is there anything more beautiful than roses lush and full just as they begin to droop,
or just as they nod their heads downward...
a simple holy hock!
This past week in Kim Klassens studio practice she asked us to think about which colours we seemed to photograph the most and least. My most are COLOURS rather than pales and neutrals. So the challenge was to try to do the opposite of our favourites. I really had to hunt. My garden where I shoot most of the time is full of brights . As it was raining I moved the shoot inside and found some things in cupboards and actually set up a table with white linen and put a pale backdrop behind as well... Chuckle even my walls are bright. I have a couple that I like and I have also used Kk lightroom presets on these finished pieces.
What did I discover? KK Presets work way better on neutrals than they do on my BRIGHTS! And I had fun doing all this ! thus Kim, I think I will keep trying these occasionally. Thanks for the push. And my readers? Which do you prefer?
Another week and Kim has got me to get my camera out again. This time she was suggesting using a jar and some twine. as much as I love her photos, all pale and dreamy, I am more of a colour person, and I never have twine. But I do have ribbons and fabric scraps and little nests of threads that have most likely been frayed off some piece or other so I thought why not make this prompt my own. With a nod always to Kim Klassen .
I took some photos. Once again I was looking at photos that were taken in haste .. wall sockets behind the main subject, or major folds in my linen just at the wrong place for it to look artful.. I had to laugh. I don't know how many times this has happened... sigh.... THIS time though I looked, discarded most then in the evening light I took some more... , heavens... Unusual and this time discovered tape that I used to hold the linen up... Honestly!!!
Next morning the light in my basement room was shining so I tried again... wow this is true dedication! I got a couple of Ok ones. And photoshopping a couple of the others I found I could get some interesting things .. Which do you like better? Not sure I have any favourites. But the main thing learned this time was Pay Attention... take time and most of all if I really have the energy revisit the task and make improve meants... (misspelled on purpose. That old poet brain!) I always have trouble doing things twice. Three times is unheard of ... grin but perhaps this is a break through!!!! BIg GRIN