MORE PUPPY ART

Well, no, I’m not posting pics of art done by puppies, more like posting pics of art created by a puppy mummy – me!

As I said in my last post, our lives are rather chaotic now we are home to four rescue puppies, two older and two younger.  They all have different personalities, are loving dogs but like all puppies, create mayhem and chaos with their scrapping, garden digging and acts of manic activity. Added to that, one of our dogs has real separation anxiety and it’s only recently we’ve managed to get him sleeping right through the night without waking us and the neighbours with his night terrors.

I know some people would have trotted him off to the vet’s and had  him put to sleep or abandoned him in some back alley, but Ziggy got a bad start to life as we are pretty sure he was abused as a puppy and then dumped.  I believe in a deep spiritual way that the dogs have landed with us for a purpose, although that purpose has yet to make itself known, but at least in Ziggy’s case it’s to help him recover from a lousy start in life.

So once again, in the spirit of making lemonade from lemons, I’ve been enjoying the simple – and easy  – pleasures of taking photos of scenery and then playing with Photoshop to create quite different images.

This week we’ve had strong winds blowing which have produced spectacular sunsets as the clouds have been strung out across the sky, coloured scarlet by the setting sun, and looking like great Sunset in North Cyprus 5skeins of shimmering silk in the skies.  I used the photo on the right as a basis for my Photoshopping expeditions and the results are below. 

I have to be honest and say that I prefer art I’ve created myself with paint, brushes, glitter, glue, etc., but nevertheless I’ve moved away from being a Digital Art Nazi where I’d never countenance art created via a programme like Photoshop to enjoying what you can do with this type of programme, particularly if you need to work on something quickly without distraction.

Viva Puppy Art!

Solar Bubbles
Solar Bubbles
Sunset sparkles
Sunset Sparkles
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
Neon Sun
Neon Sun

CREATIVE LIFE AT THE FUNNY FARM

I have been absent from regular blogging for a while as life at our home has become utterly chaotic with the arrival of two more puppies (this is without our four rescue cats!).  We found them under our neighbour’s car and didn’t have the heart to take them to  Kyrenia Animal Rescue centre as there was little likelihood of them being adopted given the number of stray dogs and puppies in North Cyprus.

Ziggy, Milly, Molly, Zoe
Our pooches: Ziggy, Milly, Molly & Zoe

Our two youngest arrivals, Milly and Molly, stay in the house at night as they are too small to be left alone with our bigger puppies. Our two bigger dogs sleep in the shed beside our house as, left out, they attack our furniture and garden.

But unfortunately Ziggy, our larrikin pup, wakes at unearthly hours like 4.30am and begins to yell, scream and batter at the door of our shed where he and Zoe sleep.  Ordinarily, we’d let him run his course but we now have neighbours on holiday in the apartment above us so can’t exactly have Ziggy hollering until he drops of exhaustion.

So we take it in turns to get up and let the big dogs out of their shed, wait until they’ve all run around having the oh-be-joyfuls, then go back to sleep on our big sofa which is like a day bed. With any luck our vet has managed to obtain some calmative drops for Ziggy and we are also treating him herbally. He’s a very damaged little dog, obviously been mistreated and then abandoned before we got hold of him and has great fear and abandonment issues. So fingers crossed we can sort him out.

As you can imagine, this is not exactly the best environment for creative endeavours as we are tired from interrupted sleep and also need to keep an eye on four puppies cavorting around our home and garden. So I’ve given away the writing and artwork at present and I’ve been rather enjoying playing around with Photoshop and working on some scenic photos I’ve taken in North Cyprus.  It’s amazing what you can create by fiddling with Photoshop’s various tools, although I’m still finding my way around this programme.  Here are some digitally altered photos I’ve created over the past few days. I’ve had great fun, found it very relaxing, and a constructive way to be creative given our current circumstances:

Al Fresco Sunset
Al Fresco Sunset
A Matter of Question
A Matter of Question
Blue at Play
Blue at Play
Heart of Lightness
Heart of Lightness
Sun & Swirl
Sun & Swirl
Mystery
Mystery
Sunset clouds over Besparmak Mountains 1
Sunset Clouds
Sunset hearts
Sunset Hearts

 

MY LEMONADE PAINTING

You know that old saying: When life hands out lemons, make lemonade!

Well, that’s what I had to take on board with one of my paintings. 

I was replacing a couple of small, tumbled, clear quartz stones on a  painting I created in Australia which incorporated paper bark, only found in Australia. And I tucked it under my table to let the glue dry.

You’ll notice that I use the word “incorporated” paper bark, because now it incorporates a lot less paper bark. My black-hearted dogs snitched pieces of the bark while my back was turned and I suddenly found myself with a part-mangled painting.  I was furious and the pooches scarpered quick smart.

So then I sat down at the painting and wondered what I could do with the lemons the dogs had just kindly handed out. Then I remembered a had a whole heap of raw sunstone rock, so I revamped the artwork and here’s the result on the left, with the original on the right: “Earth, Fire, Air & Water” – Earth, Fire, Air, Water Honouring 2009 New Moon Solar Eclipseearth represented by the brown colours and bark; air by the feathers from a pheasant coucal – found in mid-north New South Wales to Queensland and the only cuckoo which makes its own nest; fire from the Mexican fire agate at the four corners and centre; and water from the drops of rain represented by the small, tumbled clear quartz stones and showering down on the earth.

So this is the artwork which helped me make lemonade from lemons. But god help the pooches if they ever stuff up another one of my paintings!