A threatening sky


Inspired by the dramatic sky’s we’ve been having in the uk this month, I’m  enjoying painting skyscapes at the moment. It’s all about the sky! 

I’m layering washes to create sky’s with real movement. Yesterday’s inspiration came by my walk over the fields, luckily the rain held off long enough for me to get back home.

April showers.

  
I’ve been painting a lot of landscapes just lately which is very unlike me. I’m seeing a very strong shift in style that seems to of come upon me, and I’m embracing it with open arms and water laden brushes. 

It’s quite something for an artist when ones style changes on its own, without searching it out, and I think this is maybe because I wasn’t trying to change the way I paint, or change my subject (usually roses), I simply woke up the other morning with the desire to paint the seasons, in a free yet contrasting way.

I hope to produce enough work good enough to exhibit by the end of this year.

Let’s hope those seasons keep on inspiring!

First still life with Olympus Pen F.

  
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to pick up my new camera the Olympus pen F! Kid in a sweet shop springs to mind. I opted for the 17mm 1.8 lens over the 40mm although I will add a couple of pros to that list once I’ve got the hang of the beast!

Now I will do a full review of the pen F very soon, it is a complex little monkey and I already would not recommend it for novices… (Just stick to the much cheaper and easier pen). But I’m a little in love with it already!

I took it out yesterday for a test run and shot this bright image in aperture priority at F1.8 I have to say it’s not bad at all for a csc and I’m quite impressed! I think with a slightly higher spec lens I’ll be well and truly won over.

I hope to get out with it this wkend to have a longer faff about so will be doing my review sometime next week.

Walking in the fields.

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Since getting Purdey, our new puppy two weeks ago I have not stopped, there has not been much time for photography I can tell you. I can’t wait until she’s old enough to take over the fields.

I love this shot of my daughter walking through the corn fields last year! I can’t get enough of natural light, and just love evening flare. As you can see, this shot was taken with the sun in front and to the left of my daughter, giving a flare of light and highlighting her face and the colours in her hair.

I’m still on the edge of my seat waiting to purchase my new camera, and I’m still convinced it’s going to be the new Olympus pen f! Fuji have just brought out their latest mirrorless, and I am a fuji girl, but the pen is still winning for me at the moment.

Im slightly miffed I can’t get to the camera show in Birmingham next w/end, but I know there will be others.If anyone else is going I’d love to hear how it went.

Have a great w/end!

Our puppy Perdey.

Meet the newest addition to our family…

  
Say hello to Purdey, our little beagle pup.

It’s been 15 years since I last had a puppy, and nearly 12 yrs since my last baby, I’d completely forgotten how they take over. She’s into everything and is howling the night away bless her, hope that one stops soon.

More importantly she is a bundle of love, and has brought a warmth of happiness to our family, I’m looking forward to every day spent with her, and can’t wait to go out for walks!

My blog posts mag be a bit lapse for a while, sorry!

Wish me luck..

White Instagram gallery

  
My Instagram gallery has always been inspired by the seasons, and it’s not just about what’s in season, no, I mean it’s the light, and the way it makes me feel.

I’ve noticed my gallery looking very white and I’m favouring a faded look to my pictures. 

I could never be of the type to completely colour code my squares, I know many do, and there is nothing wrong with that. But what I love to see when I look back are the obvious colours and light that has been inspiring me maybe that week or month.

Whilst my gallery changes with the seasons, I’m still very aware of my own style, it’s bright, not dark and mysterious, man I love a moody gallery but it’s just not me.

I never realised how many filter snobs there are out there either, oh yes, I came across that one the other day. I have to say, I go through fazes over filters, sometimes I don’t like any, other days I’ll love a vintage vesper ha, and at the moment I’m favouring gingham, after all, it’s an app, it’s supposed to be fun! Hell I’m going to play with it, when I want to be serious I’ll use my DSLR and set it up properly.

Hope you’re all having a good week!

The white forest.

   
 
There is simply nothing to say except- inspired light.

Fuji finepix S3 pro- vintage 50mm Nikon lens.

ISO 400, F2, shutter 260, natural day light- cool.

Still life, blossom

  
   
 
February is one of my favourite months, winter is making way for Spring, and there is new life blossoming.

Yesterday I spent a rather chilly day at Angelsey gardens just outside of Cambridge, despite the drizzle I managed to take a few blossom shots. The smell was amazing- winter honeysuckles and daphne filled the air with their sweet scent.

The light was very cool, and the drizzle made for very dreamy shots.

Fuji DSLR- vintage 50mm Nikon lens, ISO 200, f2, shutter 180.

Winter berries.

  
A pop of red against a winters light always makes for a striking photo. Im not usually a fan of red, but in the depths of winter, when these berries hang like ruby jewels I’m greatful for their statement.

Cold natural light, Fuji DSLR, vintage 100mm Nikon lens, ISO 400, shutter 125, f4.

Still life, Spring tea

  
I just love these little grape hyacinths, they cover my garden in late winter/early spring, and I love digging them up and putting them in vintage teacups and pots.

I’ve got a stall on a handmade and vintage market this Mother’s Day so will be potting up these little treasures to sell, I know I’d be chuffed to receive this gift.

Image shot in my garden room, cool daylight, ISO 400, shutter 90, F4 on my old Fuji DSLR with 100mm vintage Nikon lens.