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Playing with Space: A Cast of Shadows


This shadow perfectly displays the distinctively pointed whippet nose (with elegant wafts of smoke!).

Out for a frolic with the dogs on the beach late last week.  Although it was still bitterly cold the sun was bright enough to cast lovely shadow shapes on the sand.


The uneven path here creates a double spaniel shadow.

Poppy, the poor deaf-(dumb)-and-blind spaniel – although spritely for all of her 15 years –  needs to be ‘guided’ on the lead, but the whippets move around so quickly it’s impossible to pose them for photographs.


Tammi with beach ‘treasure’ (possible identification: lump of charcoal / muscle shell)

By the time I’ve pressed the shutter button on my iphone camera, they have whizzed through the frame.  So most of these shots are ‘pots’.  Some of the unusual angles and blurred motion images are surprisingly refreshing and convey the exuberance of the moment much better anyway.


It is not hard to see why she is still mistaken for a puppy as she skips along, still eligible for waggiest tail.

It is a day to be joyful and these are my cast of shadow highlights which mirror our mood on this bright but cold April day: playing with space as the absence of light in mobile, prancing shadows.


The path goes past the train track crossing to the golf course on the other side of the dunes.  The train has just gone through and I failed to catch it’s passing shadow….this time.


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Free Spirits

The following extract is part of an email sent to me this week by a dear friend.  It describes a dream she had.  I have added a painting I did last November that I thought was appropriate.  It is so wonderful when things like this happen out of the blue, and it arrived just after I had published Guiding Spirit, a post about our genius.  It certainly lifted my spirits.  My first thought when I read it was that the young girl was my granddaughter, Rose.

I had a lovely dream about you and me last night being very free spirits. You were down on a beach somewhere and I was climbing down to join you on the beach – the wind was up and the sun was shining and my dog ran ahead of me to join you and your dog and a friend of yours with his (sic) dog, she was  a young girl. Once you saw my dog you realised I was coming I was climbing down the headland and the sand dunes. I got to the beach and I said to you

Path Over the Dunes, mm on board, November, 2012

Path Over the Dunes, mixed media on board, 2012

look at this day.  It is absolutely beautiful. Then we both just marvelled at the sea. We then said together that we loved it here ! That was it. We were two free spirits and happy.

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