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.

 

Get Up, Stand Up!

I took this photo of a piece of tree bark standing from foliage cut down in the paddock beside our apartment. It just made me think of how we can wade through all sorts of shit but fight our way into a place of honour where we can stand up and speak our truth.

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The Seas of Dreamtime

My husband and I went out to dinner a couple of days ago at The Cabin, a restaurant close to us which is right by the Mediterranean sea. I saw a fishing boat out at sea and it looked almost mirage-like as the sea was very calm but with a slight haze due to a dust storm blanketing Cyprus. I only had my smartphone with no zoom (a reminder to carry my camera with me everywhere!) so I took a pic then fiddled with an edit on my smartphone, a couple on my Tablet app, Toolwiz, and sharpening with PicMonkey on my computer. Here are the results:

Original photo complete with mad swimmer on the left (we don’t go near the water until it’s been 30C+ for a few days, being Aussie ex-pats!).
Edited with my smartphone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edited with Toolwiz on my tablet.

 

Edited with Toolwiz using the frame function.

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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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