Ok so I’m hopeless at blogging, heh! So caught up in work. My days start early and finish late, and are filled with a myriad of people buying a myriad of odd things. (In one shop we had a sale….buy two, get one free. A woman bought three packs of socks, saying she would only use two packs, but another free pack was better as a spare. I suggested she use it as a “stocking filler for Christmas……” She didn’t get it, ah well)
Took this shot as I walked to the train station one foggy morning.
Been playing with incredibox which is a music maker in which you have funny little guys make music and singing lyrics by picking different clothes. Weird, but then all weird things amuse me! (One of the lyric lines is “When an elephant bats it back, c’mon yeah, ya gotta get up”)
Marvelling at the recent frost affecting nature – this spiders web is amazing!
I may also be buying a 5ft tall stuffed plushie monkey. It weighs a ton, is as tall as I am and will take up a train seat all of its own. Should I actually buy this monstrous thing, (it was stuck in the basement of a shop I work in….it needs rehomed!) I will have to literally carry it down one of Glasgow’s busiest city streets, amongst Christmas shoppers, because I don’t drive y’see. Now that’ll be a feat worthy of documenting, heh!
So today I decided to venture out in the sunshine (Its lasting a rather long time don’t you think?) and I wandered up to the old church grounds where I like to sit in peace and quiet. I noticed some lovely forget-me-nots next to me, so crouched down to get a decent shot. I used some weird defocusing app on my phone camera and ended up with floating flowers *ahem* It was only the background I meant to fuzz out, but these flowers look rather surreal……like butterflies.
Kindof like this idea…..I do like daisies, but they smell a bit off.
I printed these pic off and stuck them in my new notebook. I had an idea to keep some sort of scrapbooky, notes, ideas, kind of thing…..like a journal but more doodling and artful. I used to do it as a kid and have been toying with the idea again. Of course now, its a whole expensive industry of its own, but I’m doing it “old school” for nostalgia sake, with sticky tape and messy writing. I’ll show it when its done. Just something to keep me occupied, since I only have a couple of weeks left of college.
Last day of placement tomorrow – I’m bringing in some nice biscuits as a thank you (and part apology since I keep eating theirs at break time!)
So, with this college course…..I have to complete a small work placement. Its just for experience, to put what we have learned, into practice. I ended up being placed in a small doctors surgery in the middle of the countryside……basically because I was the only person who wanted it. Everyone else in the class wanted “city slicker” hospitals because there was more chance of being taken on as an employee. Fair enough, but from what I have seen there are many different vacancies all over the place. I’m quite laid back and utterly uncompetitive…I’ll get a job somewhere, heh!
Anyway, my point is…..as my classmates were cramming into trains, buses, traffic jams, etc on a baking hot day…..I was meandering along country roads filled with cherry blossom, listening to birdsong, feeling the warm sun on my face and taking photos en route.
Such a beautiful river that I had to cross.
By way of this bridge. Look at how unbusy it is, heh!
This little path is filled with bluebells. I had to cut through this to get to the place I’ll be working for the next couple of weeks.
A lovely old church – just down the road from the one at the top of this post. The place I work is just up the road and round the corner. The day went by quite well, and I spent lunchtime sitting by the river watching a heron, feeling so appreciative and grateful that I’m not trapped in a hot sticky office!
Tomorrow is going to be raining apparently, haha! Doubt I’ll be as cheery then 😀
Hi, hi…..I’m just sneaking in here very apologetic. I know I said wayyyyyyy back at Easter that I would update and stuff, but I didn’t. I’m here now though. Back at college, but gosh the end is in sight, oh yes. Thank goodness! 7th June is the final day, and I still have to squeeze in a work placement plus a handful of exams – eeeek!
I wanted to share some sunshine with you. Its been sorely missed of late, so I walked slowly back from college today, enjoying the warmth (no jacket was worn – the first time ever this year!) I looked at the trees as they struggle to hurry up with the blooming phase.
I always enjoy branches against a sky.
I went to the beach the other day – again in the magical sunshine (I actually paddled in the water…..!) and I came across this. Mother Natures Art……I had no hand in this composition. I think its beautiful.
On the creative front, I made yet another terrible doll. I call this the Eternally Happy Doll, haha! I was trying some new attachment idea for the limbs so they swing separately from the body (just in case you thought I hadn’t sewn the arms on very well!) I painted the clothes, and the hair and the face. Tried to make it look like a 3D drawing sketch, if that makes sense.
This is a weird little pillow cushion wall hanging I made. Just thread and sharpie marker on a stuffed piece of fabric. I was playing with pin cushions ideas, but as this ended up about 8 inches high, it became a wall hanging, heh!
Finally we have the Zebra Mirror. Its a work in progress since I need to straighten up the black edges and do another layer before I varnish it all yet, but considering the wood was dark and scratched from its previous home, I had to rescue it from the charity shop and make it different.
So that’s it really. Studies——-> blast of creativity————> studies. That’s my life right now. Not that I’m complaining…….much *ahem* 🙂
Just a quick additional post before I go to bed. I was at the window wondering what all the hullabaloo was outside (it was drunken people, noisier than usual as its a holiday Monday, and that means an extra nights fun – if you are that way inclined) anyway, I noticed the moon so grabbed my camera to take a couple of shots.
I love the way the clouds are all wispy and soft over the moon. This was taken through the glass window….far too cold to open it, heh!
Is it strange that I would rather look at the moon than go for a drink? Hmmm
Its not a special day is a Thursday, is it? I mean its too far away to look forward to the weekend, and it could still technically be “mid-week”, which is a bit tedious, so I’m wishing all who arrive here a Happy Thursday. 😀
So, what’s been going on…..well I made some art (always good, right?)
I’m not sure what to do with them now…..do they become stickers? or do I make a collage? I have no sticker paper so I thought of doing something nifty with double sided tape so that they could be applied only when required. Hmmm….but then a collage would be nice too. With added elements of course – these are just random with no connection.
Also, the last of my ink photos:
Now if such a thing exists as a circular picture frame, I would be very interested! I did look online, but everything is square – or a circle within a square. I would like a circle, with circle glass. Keeping on looking because I would love to frame this one! Its like a little tree world.
And finally….we went for a walk on a cold bleak day. It was raining and cold – typical Scottish weather…
But we saw this
Which seems to be a memorial to someone’s pet. I thought that was quite sweet. Especially the knitted flower toy lying on top….aww!
A bit of a hodge podge post today, but I’m determined to keep up with blogging, so it may be some quick little updates until I get settled into a schedule. 🙂
Yes, yes, I know….but c’mon, indulge me…..I’m back at college tomorrow (not that I will disappear again though!) but I’m having so much fun I just can’t wait to show you new ones, heh….I’ll stop after this I promise. I’m enthusiastic, what can I say!
I managed to fix the background on this, which pleased me. Pumping up the contrast and colour is the answer, I found.
As you can probably tell, this is a glass turned upside down (in the editing bit……I didn’t actually have the glass upside down while I was pouring ink and water all over the place!) I love how the curve of the glass kind of frames the shot…..as if its a tiny world all of its own inside.
This turned out to be a fabulous shot (in my opinion anyway) The mix of red ink in the water, and the shot of black made this incredible glowy effect! Looks like a little guy struggling with an umbrella, hehe! Or a twisted mushroom…..?
Adding in more black gave this effect…..to me it looks like a little animal with a hat on, under a tree, what do you think?
Finally, the set up…..one glass, two lights, and white boards or paper at the bottom and back of the glass to reflect the light. I don’t use a flash. The little camera is on a little bendy tripod thing I got from the Poundshop, and I press the shutter at the same time as dropping the ink. Accidents happen – as you can see at the bottom right – oops! Anyway, that’s how I do it…..I read that oil or milk gives different effects, so I will try that sometime soon. 🙂
Hello! Remember a while back (ok, a couple of years *ahem* gosh was it THAT long ago?) I did some ink and water photography well I had another little play today. And this result was the best one in a lot of attempts!
This was created by dropping blue and yellow ink in first, then dropping actual green ink on top of the mix. I think it turned out pretty neat!
Others I tried were alright as well – considering its been a couple of years since I did this. I don’t have photoshop, so I don’t know how to lighten the background without it affecting the inky colours 😦
This is blue ink – looks a bit like some surreal landscape doesn’t it?
I really like the wispiness in this one – so delicate!
So yes, I’m going to play a bit more with this, its so much fun! I should have posted a photo of my set up, with the lights and stuff……I will do that in the next post of this!
I went for a little walk in the woods today, just for a couple of hours before the deluge of rain descended as promised! (Funny how the weather people are always correct with the bad weather, never the good!) My camera also died on me – my fault for grabbing it to take with me, without checking the battery life. Anyway…..these tiny mushrooms are called “Elfcup Mushrooms” and can grow quite large. They are also edible in very small amounts, although I don’t think they taste of much. These ones shown above were the size of a penny.
This beautiful carved seat with the heron at one end, and the otter at the other, impressed me no end! Such carving skill. It was too wet to sit on, so I just admired it.
This is a tangle of trees…..when I saw it, it reminded me of something from a horror movie, so I put a filter on it to try and express that. Looks kindof creepy!
And at this point my camera died, so I trudged home in the rain and mud, quite happy nonetheless.
Just look at this gorgeous building close to my house (on the dog walking route). It was an old fire station, built in 1897 and used right up until 1973. After it was no longer required, it was left to go to rack and ruin. Parts fell away leaving the sides exposed to the elements, pigeons made it their home (as did a few homeless people), and plants grew out of the windows. Now, after many months of scaffolding and building works, it has been renovated into flats, and cleaned up again.
I love that it has been rescued, but I do wish that some old buildings could be given back to the community for everyone to use, instead of turning everything into housing……but that’s just me and my idealistic world, haha!