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Gosh its hot today!

Who would have thought Scotland could bask in such heat? I’d forgotten what the sunshine felt like! So glad to be in the house rather than outside – I’ve been painting this morning. Well, not actively painting with a brush, more just pouring paint around. here are some detail shots of the ones I like.

wip2 detail

One thing I’m learning about this technique, is that (apparently) the idea is to get cells appearing, which shows the colour underneath, but, I don’t like cells. I mean, this one is very pretty, and its still changing, but……I prefer the flowing and merging colours of a marble effect. Its personal preference, of course, but…..

wip2detail2

….I much prefer this look….the veiny patterns and random shapes, all soft and flowy.

Still, both are nice in their own way. I’m trying to get hold of some decent varnish or even resin (gulp) to coat the surface of them. I love the glassy look rather than matt, although I’m kind of worried about the chemical element of such things. Ah well…..onwards and upwards.

 

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Macro Mother Nature

Hello, back again with some photographs. Playing with the macro setting again, and examining the details in some flowers I came across at a local park garden.

“What are you doing?” asked a young mother with a small child who had been niggling for ice cream but had been dragged over to “see the pretty flowers” instead

“I’m taking photos of flowers” I said, waving the camera to clarify the fact.

“Yes, but why are you so close to them?” she asked, trying to grab her child before he flew towards the now disappearing ice cream van.

“well, so I can get good detail shots of the petals” I said.

“But why?” a seriously puzzled look had appeared on her face now. “Its better to get a picture of them all isn’t it? Not just one petal?”

“Yes, but I like close up photographs”

“You must need glasses then” she said as she wandered off with her grumbly child.

Hrmph. Here we are, some close ups.

foxglove macro

 

curved flower

roadmapleaf

yellowflowerredberry

rose macrowhite macro flower

waterdrops leaf

symmetrical fern

 

 

Photography

Colour me Friday

Hello! We took the dog out for a walk this evening, despite the rain. She (the dog) was quite willing, which is unusual for her – normally she is a bit of a diva and sits squarely down on her bottom and refuses to move when its wet. But this time she was bouncy and full of beans!

Anyway, as she chased the ball around, I noticed the flowers in the rain and how the droplets formed on the petals. (I was one of those kids who watched raindrops falling down the window pane, all running into each other) I’m not well versed in flowers but these were pretty

flower1

flower2

flower3

flower4

flower5

flower6

All these were done (quickly) on my camera phone, so quality isn’t great, but pretty colours all the same.

P.S. I’m working on a shop. An online one. And its not run by the one that sounds like “cheatsy”, oh no….this one is special. More to come. 😀