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
After a lot of research and speaking to a couple techy camera experts I finally decided to buy the Sigma F2.8 105mm Macro Lens, but then had to wait until August to actually buy one. (Photographers have had macro madness during COVID19 so none in stock ) I have been playing with it for the last week or so trying to suss out the best settings and still learning but here is a few I have taken so far.
Good To See You 1
Bad Hair Day
Good To See You 2
In these difficult times it’s still possible to find pleasure in the simplest and smallest of things. Self isolating outside has been easy when taking Roma (our dog) out for her walk, as many people ironically imagine she is a vicious dog, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
These short periods have been great as they have helped me to spend time looking for beautiful gems of nature.
Happy Easter, stay safe and enjoy.
all images copyright Dawn Shallcross
Gustav Klimt has always been one of my favourite Artists ,I love the primary colours next to the gold leaf, beautiful swirls and spirals and other geometric patterns. His Art has inspired me start work on creating a series of photographs encompassing some of these characteristics. You can go to the link below to find out about him and see all his paintings. I have just provided a snapshot of Klimt’s beautiful Art.
Yesterday I went to the Victoria Albert Museum in London which was very inspiring and the starting point for this brief. I am thinking of creating a collage with the different details from the gold objects as a background for other images. It will be a journey of experimentation and who knows where it will lead.
Tree OF Life
My mind map
Flapper Dress from the Victoria Albert Museum (VA )
Detail from an a show piece (VA)
Iron work (VA)
Beautiful Art Nouveau details on a lock (VA)
More beautiful ironwork (VA)
A week off, time to catch up with family and friends, and walks in the sunshine with Roma. It’s so good to have a week off to reflect, re-charge and be inspired…..time for my camera, start a new book and basically be me.
Towards the end of the week my hair was also recharged with a fresh burst of colour, and for once I actually was going out that evening. This was thanks to my lovely Sister and Brother-in law, as we put the money aside they gave us for Christmas towards a romantic meal. So off we popped to the Indian Tiffin Room for a tasty meal. Tiffin serves South Indian street style dishes which have very moreish and distinct flavours, (The Dosas are amazing). After feeling totally stuffed we managed to enjoy a few drinks , chat about nonsense and new ideas ,in Brezo what a fab night with my soul mate.
On the Sunday we were then ventured through unexpected fog down the M62 to Crosby, (With Roma in tow of course), to see Anthony Gormley’s Another Place, and we saw something else which was a total surprise…….wait until my next post to find out more.
My mum loved daffodils so I always capture these thinking of her and smile
I came across a beautiful Silver Birch tree in the cemetery near us and was fascinated by it’s colours and textures .
While focusing upon the different shapes and textures I noticed this gem hidden in the crux of the branches….beautiful
Roma muddy and wet as ever
The first Pussy Willow of the year
So much choice but the staff will guide you if you need it.
Cheers here’s to more weeks like this