Looking Forward..

A new year, January has almost gone and there are lots of inspiring things to look forward to. Re-arranged gigs, comedy nights, at last a trip to to Lisbon at Easter, new artist features, and an ongoing project exploring the development of the Stockport’s new hip Underbank area. At the moment this is just an idea but I am keen to get going.

I can’t believe I started this blog in 2014. Within this time I have taken so many photographs including the hidden beauty of nature, places people and events. I am still learning and experimenting with different lenses, and I have used my Hauwei phone a lot more due to convenience.

This post is a collection of some of my favourite photographs I have taken during those years, enjoy.

Back to my Roots

Yes I’ve picked up my camera and have been inspired to once again get back to what I love.Photography is not just a medium for me to explore the hidden and simple beauty in the world, but also a distraction to the lows and worries in our hectic lives.
These rainbow lillies are perfect starting place to getting back behind the lens.They are a mixture of images from my Sigma 105mm Macro lens and Hauwei 30 phone .Enjoy

This one is for you mum

So what is a mum ?

A mum is someone who cares for you,keps you safe but lets you discover life for yourself and makes mistakes, but is there ready to support and inspire you. To trust you and always be there for you. To smile when you buy second hand ripped Levi 501s from Afflex Palace. To let you die your hair all the colours of the rainbow and where graffited jeans to conventional places.

Even when she was seriously ill she would come smiling to see her grand children and play tapping a balloon. This post is for you mum. Thank you, you were where my creative journey began, buying me felt tips pencils, drawing pads and Doodle Art.

Today I am celebrating your life mum, by sharing your Art work and you will always remain an inspiration to me in so many ways.











Cheers Mum (Peggy).










It’s Hard to Find a Womble

During the last couple of months I have discovered the magical world of “shrinky dinks”, which are basically plastic sheets which can be drawn on and then shrink in size once put in your cooker. A friend introduced me to them when I showed her some earings I loved and she said “You know they are just shrinki dinks don’t you ?”, and that was where my creative journey started.

I have always loved quirky jewellry, and as a teenager I remember buying some balsa wood with the intention of using it, but never got very far just lots of jokes, which I still get now. Shrinky dinks are so much easier, all you need is imagination, sharpie pens/coloured pencils/acrylic gloss paints and cooker lining paper to put on a baking tray. When I started I used sharpies and coloured pencils, but struggled to achieve a bright finish, and some colours ran into each other. Recently I have started experimenting with acrylic gloss paints as they appear to be brighter.

The main problem I had was finding a good picture of a womble to copy  : ) welcome to an exciting world of plastic

Here are some of my designs so far.

These were my first creation using sharpies

The first of many Doc Martens,experimenting with colour

Getting there

So many possabilities but again not bright enough .(Pencil colours)

Woofin good (Gloss acrylics)


Much better (Gloss acrylics)


Remember you’re a womble (Gloss acrylics)









Ianua Lights

Another new year but a bleaker start than normal, not just lockdown and dark days but also doing dry January. I must be bonkers but up for a challenge. Another challenge this year is to refocus upon my creativity and to help awaken this I received a book which was first published in 1992, called The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It is all about discovering and maintaining your creativity whether you want to be an artist, writer, actor etc. and provides twelve a week course for you to follow. As yet I haven’t made a proper start besides doing “morning papers “, more will be revealed through my future blog posts.

However, my inspiration to write my first post for the year happened when I noticed how beautiful the winter sun struck a vase of yellow tulips. I was not only excited by the beauty of the flowers, but also the shadow created on the white wall. I love shadows and am fascinated by the effect of different lighting upon every day objects, landscapes and faces…And yes there is sunshine on the horizon as the Covid19 Vaccine begins to be rolled out, and on the 1st of February I will drink to this, as well as the gradual increase of daylight .

Happy New Year Everyone

Colour Burst 1

Formby Beach Winter Sun

Colour Burst 2

Winter Dusk 1

Winter Dusk 2

Winter Dusk 3

Sun Burst 3

All images copyright to DawnMacroArt