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
From icy woodland paths and frozen fields to the centre of Manchester, another enjoyable day. Woodbank Park was much larger than I remembered from my teenage-years and now more interesting. We wondered through footpaths and fields not quite sure where we were heading but Roma didn’t care. Eventually we found our way to the main park bit, and I was drawn to the abstract reflections from the old cafe windows, blue sky and the organic Pollock like images from the tree branches.
In the afternoon by direct contrast, we were in the middle of Manchester and this time on our way to see the amazing photographer Martin Parr’s exhibition at the Manchester Princess Gallery. Martin Parr’s photography features everyday people going about their lives in different settings from all walks of life. The exhibition celebrates working class life, inclusion and diversity in Greater Manchester, from the early 1970’s to last year, and is well worth a visit …..I am definitely going back again .
I was totally inspired and ended up buying a cheap 3 lens kit to attach to my smart phone for convenience when not having my Nikon on me. (You never know when you you will see something that inspires you, that’s why I love my mobile phone)
All this Art and inspiration made us hungry so the very tasty Little Aladdin’s was our next stop.This is a great place to eat , totally Vegan, friendly owner,a varied menu and at a good price. My personal favourite are the three curries rice .(72 High St, Manchester near the Northern Quarter)
A spot of shopping,
…and a broken butter dish (thanks James 😉 )
What a great way to spend a Sunday, and City put the icing on the cake by beating Arsenal
Beaches are great places to visit during the Winter months…. less people, and good for the soul. So off we went to Formby beach, (owned by the National Trust and home to lots of red squirrels), with Roma who had never been on a beach, or in the sea.
Roma loves water and will go in every pond or puddle she passes, so this was going to be a fun day.
Yes, she loved it and so did we; crashing waves, a beautiful sky, an abundance of shells washed ashore and a soggy puppy.
These photographs were taken one icy bright morning during the Christmas holiday, and have a sense of vitality and energy which make me feel really positive. Happy New Year, Dawn.