Candy Stripes and Winter Blues

Tammie and I found ourselves on a deserted beach at West Wittering, one rather cold and wet day this week. This punctuated orange triangle stood out from the crowd We dried ourselves out and warmed ourselves up in the pub afterwards Then I found this in my bedroom. For other Converge posts, this weeks’ photo…

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Hubble and Bubble and Remembering Loved Ones

I keep seeing frogs.  Live ones and even a dead one.  Could this mean I’m about to find my Prince Charming?  Unlikely. Only the other day I rescued this little beauty that had fallen into a bucket of water. What could be more appropriate as a Halloween animal spirit?  As we all know, many a…

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Intriguing Papery Parcels?

Spent a couple of hours in the drizzle this morning turning over the beds in preparation for some vegetable planting.   The plot is exposed so we have to leave it as late as we dare before planting anything.  In one of the beds I haven’t tackled yet, I came across these beautiful papery lanterns…

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2nd Anniversary

I can hardly believe two years have passed since I started this blog!  What started out as an exercise to record artwork in a visual journal, my blog has become my creative conscience: a confessional in which I confront my fears, inaction, creative blocks, visual delights, and where there is nowhere to hide. Art (and…

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Draw and Shoot

SHOOTING Secondly, I am looking at landscape with a photographer‘s eye.  In this mode, my concerns are mostly about colours and textures.  Here, I am composing pictures (for possible paintings); or thinking of different camera angles and recording field patterns or how bracken and winter grasses interweave their habit; the way that snow transforms a…

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All Washed Up

The recent storms and high tides have dumped a veritable bounty of ‘rubbish’ on the high tide line at Longrock, our nearest dog-walking beach.  Evidence of casualties litter the sand, not only birds feathers and fish carcasses but I also  counted at least 8 odd shoes washed up in a short span of beach alone…

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A Light Bulb Moment

You are not going to believe it! I found a light bulb on the beach today whilst out with the dogs, in perfect condition.  I kid you not.  What’s more, it works because when we got home, I plugged it into my desk lamp, flipped the switch and to our astonishment, it shines like new. …

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Rusty Key, Dodgey Handles

What is it with keys, doors and handles that don’t work?  They are absolutely loaded with symbolism, such as portals into the soul for instance, and I’ve been presented with both recently in a rather spooky way. There’s nothing like a blast along the beach with a strong south-westerly gale – your hair whiplashed around…

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Be The Change

Like this dry pond at Bodrifty (which I photographed a couple of weeks ago), when I made the momentous decision to survive by my own artistic endeavours,  I was forced to pare my existence down to the bare bones out of  economic necessity.  I now declare myself in line with the official drought crisis that…

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