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A little venting…

Ok so I’m going to have a bit of a vent, just a small one ok.

I have been a foreigner in a foreign country for as long as I can remember, in most of the countries I have lived in being a blonde means I stand out and pretty much never would be able to blend into the crowd. Now I’m not particularly pretty, I’m not butt ugly either, I’m average high and I’m not really thin as I have a few chubby bits but I’m not really fat either. I’m fairly average, so I find it very difficult to understand why so many people take my photo! No one ever asks either.

In just the past week, I’ve been snapped with a long lens in the park, me and my daughter were videoed in a children’s park (creepy – left as fast as my feet could take me) and the worst one was when I was having dinner with my two kids in a restaurant a woman walked up to the table, took out her camera and snapped away despite the shock on my face! She never said a word to us! It’s a very odd feeling to feel like a tourist attraction! Also my kids hate it, so as much as I try to laugh it off I have to admit I don’t think I’ll ever just be ok with it.

This has however taught me a lot and I know that it effects how I myself take photographs when I’m out or when I travel, it even effects the way I take pictures of my kids and what I do with those pictures.

So that’s the end of my vent. I think every photographer should at some stage put themselves in the position where they are the ‘subject’ because it teaches you at lot and helps us to better understand how to take a meaningful photograph while keeping the ‘subject’ at ease.

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what I choose

There is something I need to get off my chest. I have struggled with my website/blog for a while now. I have often thought about closing it, but that isn’t going to happen. I love my blog, its my little space. During my journey with photography I have learn’t many things. I started out photographing landscapes and nature. I then fell in love with macro and product photography. Then I had kids and added portraits to my long list of photographic loves. I never stopped loving any of them and in many ways you could say I did myself an injustice for not specialising in some way, but I love the medium and I will continue the way I am. One thing that has changed though is that I will no longer be putting photographs of my children online. This is not out of some fears or paranoia but because I myself do not like my photograph online and I feel uncomfortable placing pictures of my kids online because let’s face it, no matter how hard you try once something is online it will forever be online no matter how hard you try to delete it. I don’t want my kids to be unhappy with me when they are older and I want to respect their privacy like I would like others to respect mine.

This is just a personal opinion, this is just who I am. I have a few images of my kids scattered around online that will probably remain there, what I wont be doing is adding more. If I do add any you will understand from the picture why. So I look forward to sharing our travels, the places we see, the beauty around us, the interesting cultures we live in and all the in-betweens. I am not sure why I felt the need to share this but I am glad to have this out on the blog to explain what it is I am about and how things are changing.

ok feel like finding my camera now, have a lovely weekend!

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a circle a day

I really enjoy watching other people start projects, I enjoy it even more if they manage to stick to them over a long period of time. I have tried this many times but sometimes feel as though my brain is a bit like a sieve and I forgot to easily. Then I decided that the only way I was going to stick to a project was if I cut myself a bit of slack and just did what I could when I could, go figure but this works for me! No more stressing, if I am bored I stop, if I feel like doing it I keep going. Pretty simple stuff hey lol!

So I am telling you this because I started drawing drawings inside circles, I have no idea why and I cannot remember what was in my head when I started but I have enjoyed it and I plan to keep going, when I feel like it that is lol.

So here are some of the circles (so far) :

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week 2 – ‘make art that sell’s’ workshop

Week two – Home Decor. This week in hindsight is very amusing! The brief we got was “paisleys”, and I have to admit my first thought was, arrrrrrgh yuk. There is something I like about paisleys but in general they would not be my favourite thing. The thing I do like is that they are so decorative and can be so intricate, so I started off with a very intricate design and it took me over a complete day of drawing to complete. When we got the brief to do plates I played around with many things, one of them being a design with Japanese Koi fish, I plan on coming back to this design later and using it for something else, it also flooded my head with other ideas that I hope I will get to play with, I have kept a book full of ideas.

I however then went off on a tangent and wanted to do paisley hair or dresses and played with that, finally my play let to paisley eyelashes and suddenly veghead was born. I have to admit it is a very strange design and it seems a millions miles away from where I started but it was good fun.

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I tried the design in just ink, in gouache, and then in concentrated watercolours, which is the one I preferred. I then created two more for the series, one called fruity , and one called chocoholic.

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After that I placed them onto plates and mugs and completed the presentation.


I realise that this is a rather wacky design but still I like it and that is good enough for me:)Hope you enjoyed it:)



week 1 – ‘make art that sells’ workshop

So week 1 of the ‘Make art that sells’ workshop that I am currently doing has just finished. I came very close to not signing up for this workshop, I had the usual doubts like “I’m not ready”, “I don’t think I can do it”, “I’ll be crap”, but a good friend gave me some advice that changed the way I think. She said to me ‘the only person you need to compare yourself to is you,’ ‘we all have our own journeys and are in places on that journey, own your journey.’ I am very grateful that I got that advice and this week was a lot more fun than I had expected it to be!

The brief was for bolt fabric, I have never ever done anything like this before and at the beginning of the week I understandably panicked a little bit! However I have learn’t this week that I really love bolt fabric and my head is now swimming with ideas I want to try and create! My poor little notebook is getting bombarded lol! If every week is like is for the duration of the course I will have enough ideas and things I wish to create to keep me going until the second session starts in October!

Anyhooooo I just uploaded my final piece for the week. I called it “Make it hot honey” and it is about peppers and pyrex.


I learn’t a lot about a market I previously knew nothing about this week. Those two little prints underneath are coordinates. They were also great fun to make.

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I ended up with a lot of sketches of peppers and pyrex dishes by the end of the week and instead of throwing away the ones that I didn’t use I have realised that I should keep them, not only may they be useful somewhere else down the road, but they also are helpful to study the medium used vs the effect. As well as that they will be good to look at 2 years down the line to see if I have progressed at all!

Here is the pepper sketch that got me started on the design above, followed the pattern within it and an unused sketch from the beginning of the week that I had too much fun making to not keep it:)

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Overall I had a really fun week and I am thrilled to be on the workshop. Thanks to all those involved.

Fingers crossed for next week!