A Foray into Black and White Photography

We stopped in the entrance to our communal car park yesterday in the late afternoon and I just noticed the juxtaposition of dried grasses against the grey of the Besparmak Mountains shrouded in cloud. I got my husband to wait (not a happy camper) until I got a photo but then decided that black and white suited the image better due to its moodiness.  I don’t often use black and white, in fact I can’t ever remember creating a black and white image, but always a first time for everything!

Original Photo
Cropped photo of original photo colourised. I’ll use this in other digital art.

 

Spirals of Time

For some reason my attention today has been on the Roman Empire and its rise and fall. Here in North Cyprus there are remnants of Roman occupation all over the place – from the huge complex ruin of Salamis on the south coast to five minutes from here where I live on the north coast to view the Roman fish baths and rock tombs nearby (although I’m not sure if the rock tombs were associated with Roman or earlier history).

To me it’s a reminder that nothing is fixed, that we are now seeing the dying stages of the US and British empires and the rise of India and China, not overnight of course, but underway in a slow, inexorably process.

It’s the same in our own lives – things which once assumed importance can die away to be replaced by new beliefs, practices and identity, in the great spiral of life. Once we recognise the impermanence of life, we can move more freely and accept the new, knowing when it is time to let go of that which no longer serves us.

DNA of Colour

I’ve just found that piZap has released its updated version of its programme so I was playing around with the various gizmos now available and came up with this image from an earlier piece of digital art I created with Toolwiz from a photo of a seashell with a rather lovely pattern.

To  me it’s like a kaleidoscopic image of our colour DNA, all neatly laid out around the central focus of our celllular incarnation.  Okay, imagination running riot but it’s fun, nonetheless!

Colours of Life

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far away, well, Perth, Western Australia, to be precise, I used to wear black all the time – black tops, black pants, black hair. I suffered from depression and I was fat, so I felt that wearing black made me look slimmer.

Then I did a a Reiki 1 course and it seemed to open a light inside me. As I was leaving the workshop on the second day,  I saw a short, fat lady wearing black who didn’t look any slimmer and was still fat, and so it occurred to me that I was a taller woman wearing black to look slim and still looked fat!

The next day I went into Perth’s biggest department store and bought a brightly coloured cotton dress, just right for the heat of summer, and which made an amazing difference to my life.  I felt lighter but, interestingly, quite a few people came up to me to tell me how much they liked the dress and colours. My husband reckoned it was my Ken Done dress as Ken Done was an Australian artist who always painted in very bright colours.

So here’s a reminder to you all – colours make your life. They light up your life. Tune in to colour and see how it affects your life. And find your favourite colour to work with to resonate with your heart and soul energies.

The Passionate Heart

I created this from a photo I took of a seashell, part of a bag of seashells I bought at our local Yapi Market (do-it-yourself).  I loved the spiral which you can just faintly see because to me it’s the spiral of passion bursting out of the heart when you’re in love or full of creative inspiration.

This is the seashell I used as a basis for the digital art image.

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Earth’s Songlines

I picked up a packet of sea shells in our local do-it-yourself shop (called here in North Cyprus a Yapi Market). I found three beautiful shells, took a pic of them then fiddled with on Toolwiz. This is the result – it reminds me of the songlines of the earth and how we can align with them to harmonise with Planet Earth.

The three sea shells

 

Spring is Sprung

Here’s a little ditty for Spring:

Spring is sprung

The grass is riz.

I wonder where the birdies iz!

I wandered around our garden and parking area today and got the following photos, showing that Spring is popping its lovely head up as it’s now quite mild here in North Cyprus, thank goodness.

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Hawthorn buds
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Oxalis buds – yes, I know oxalis is a week but it’s still very pretty and indomitable.
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First leaves of wildflowers – very pretty and delicate when they do flower but I have no idea what they are.
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Wild fennel
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Winter flowering jasmine
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First pink-red roses of the season
Lavender Bush
Lavender Bush
First bud of 2017 for our Apothecary's Rose
First bud of 2017 for our Apothecary’s Rose