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Photography is the story I fail to put into words.

Destin Sparks

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I am delighted that this post received so much interest, with emails and messages from readers wanting to know a little more about Colour Stories…

As a self confessed book worm and with a passion for colour and colour psychology, I thought I would share some books with you that together, introduce the notion of Local Colour and through that Colour Stories.

A colour story is a palette of colours used together to make a cohesive statement throughout a body of images.

First up - Sara Midda’s South of France

Sara Midda is an artist with a unique and unusual style that you can spot immediately. Her work can be bought here.  

South of France is quite simply a sketchbook from a year that Sara spent there, an artist's personal journal carried everywhere and crammed with drawings delicate watercolour notes and photographic collages.  No amount of words can convey this book’s charm.  Local French colour stories told visually, often in a whimsical way. I really do love this book.  If you like the look of this book, then do look at her first book, In and Out of the Garden and also A bowl of Olives.

I’m not going to write any more about this lovely book, in case I go off at a tangent and wax lyrical about her illustrations style…

Next on the pile is Mimi Robinson’s Local Color - seeing place through watercolour.

Another favourite of mine and one that never seems to go back on the bookshelf, Mimi Robinson is an international design consultant and principal of Mimi Robinson Design, known for her approach to creative thinking, Mimi develops innovative designs with a commitment to cultural, social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Her philosophies completely align with mine - The world is made up of colour, yet how often do we truly observe and interpret our surroundings?  and her book will introduce readers to a colour palette technique used by Mimi Robinson, where, through close observation, one can if even for a moment, capture the essence and beauty of place, by documenting your experiences through colour. (I actually refer to this book in my The Art of Flow Photography course).

The book is about a way of seeing, about sharpening your powers of observation through colour and individual sense of place.  Taking the time to look a little closer at what you see every day will connect you to your surroundings, creating personal memories of time and travel.  Mimi is on instagram here.

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And now for another book out of France. This time from designer-colourist, Jean Philippe et Dominique Lenclos - Colors of the world - A geography of Color.

Based on their Geography of Colour Analysis Method, this book explores the palettes of habitats and reveals how geology, climate, light, socio-cultural behaviour as well as the traditions of local residents and building methods uniquely shape a landscapes architectural personality and chromatic character, resulting in a visually captivating survey of the significant chromatic personalities within local geographies, histories and traditions in countries around the world. 

My copy, published in 2004, has never been far from my side and has certainly stood the test of time… a recommendation in itself.


Finally, closer to home - infact on my doorstep… Architecture by Hand - Inspired by Nature by Spencer Fung.

This beautiful book for me carries the ultimate colour story - about Spencer’s love of nature and the influences this has on his work. It focuses on his method of work, from keen observation and sketching, to the provenance and use of natural materials throughout his projects. The book’s chapters are on wood, stone, weave, metal and final details – the finishing touches. It visits many of the artisans commissioned by Spencer and celebrates their craftsmanship. It gives us a peep into Spencer’s design world - hotels, spas, restaurants,  barn conversions, work studios and his own home.  Beyond this, the Colour Story of his work speaks of nature, of understated beauty, pared back design, simplicity. (Available from hedgehogshop.co.uk)

 

simply… enjoy

 
 

I think through drawing… drawing helps me to observe and remember, it fuels ideas and allows me to communicate and explain my thoughts.

Spencer Fung

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Photography for Indie and Creative Businesses

 
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Every brand is a creative brand. Why? Branding is storytelling, and storytelling is a creative work.

Steve Jobs.

Following on from my last post, I thought it timely to chat about one of the workshops that I offer - Photography for Indie and Creative Businesses - a guilty pleasure of mine as I get to share my knowledge of branding and my pet passion, Signature Style for your business photography. We also cover the importance of understanding the branding of your business. Don’t worry if you are not this far on with your business…

The day workshop runs from 10 until 4 and will cost (location workshops) £150 and private house workshops (in a host’s home) £115  to include light refreshments, lunch (this often turns out to be a working lunch where people quiz me about their branding and own Signature Style). You get to take home a few resources on your own memory stick to help you on your way… You must bring along your own camera that is capable of shooting manual - either a mirrorless camera or a DSLR. Please bring your instruction manual if you have any doubts about your camera.

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The day will be loosely broken up as follows

Welcome coffee and a chance to informally introduce ourselves and our businesses. Then we begin with…

An introduction to branding - understanding brand awareness and consistency and it’s importance for you

We shall look at finding your own Signature Style (see my last post)

We then have a short break

Learn how to find and use natural light or available light

Understand the importance of telling a story with your image

Early-Ish light lunch - I do ensure that my workshop lunches are good, using locally sourced, seasonal food

After lunch we quietly learn to shoot manual on your camera and unpack the confusing language into plain English! Then we put it in to practice with time to take some photographs, with all the support you need to feel confident to shoot manual when you leave and also with the knowledge of knowing about branding and your own Signature Style.

Once these workshop are done, I do find that my lovely students often keep in touch with each other, having found like minded creative thinkers and independent business folk.

If you think this workshop is for you or feel that you would like to host such an event, then please do feel free to contact me. You may like to sign up for my complimentary 7 day mini course to do before the workshop.

I look forwards to seeing you…

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Signature style - some words

 
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A style born out of a sense of place, a deep love of country and a particular colour palette.

I am often asked about signature style - what is a signature style? what are the elements of my signature style?…

Simply put, it is a style that is so personal, that it is you… remember the Nike ad - just be yourself?  If you truly let your heart speak through your camera and not try to make your signature style, then it will form naturally, organically.

I am interested in narrative - getting in to the very soul of my clients, so that I can distill the very essence of their story readily.

Let me chat about my own signature style - what makes my work recognisable as being mine - place, love of nature and country, colour, localness and seasonality.

You will see that my work is minimal, sparse with a muted palette.  Intentional, thoughtful and considered.  It often exudes a calm, a sense of peace.  Photographs can be bright and airy or more subdued and moody.  Over time I have come to realise that my signature comes from a deep rooted sense of place and a love of nature and country.  Couple that with my love and interest in Scandinavian Art and it’s quiet colour palette and there you have it.

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PLACE If you live in a place long enough, then its identity becomes embedded in your DNA, in your very soul.  For me the Cotswold Hills and its villages have directly influenced my work over time.  The light, the local colour, the food (seasonal, growing and preparation), the slower pace of life, the artisanal ways of doing things - a lot haven’t changed at all.  Then there are the Estate colours that houses and cottages are painted in and the subtle geographical changes in the local stone from which they are built.

NATURE/COUNTRY My love of nature and country - I seem to have a reputation for my floral photography.  However what I do like to shoot/record is not a particular genre but rather nature/life from the ground, the soil, upwards and onwards.  From the soil to our plates, our adorned homes, our well being, our life styles and jobs.  Seasonally.  Bringing nature home.  All encompassing.

COLOUR  For me where you live defines you.  It is this that I find so very exciting.  Local Colour has long been of interest to me through my research into Colour Psychology.  I do love to form a narrative through colour stories within a shoot.  A colour story is a palette of colours used together to make a cohesive statement throughout a body of images.  When curating a collection, it is important to know the ways our  colours interact - back to Colour theory here for my lovely fledgeling photographers…

If you are shooting a story outdoors, say food for a client or to make a story from a special family gathering, then it may be something as simple as terracotta shades that will become a that will become a thread that will run through the story - from clay pots, paint work, furniture or table decorations.  Not an obvious thing, but simple and subtle.  It is such a device that will help you get to the very soul of your collection.

 
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Process as meditation…

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Many of us have been running all our lives. Practice stopping.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Process as meditation…

Hello world,

In my last post, I chatted about wandering with my camera - wellbeing through photography… since then I have had my head well and truly down, working on my iterative process that I apply to improve all aspects of my work. As you know I love classic photography and black and white silver printing in the darkroom. At the moment I can’t have a darkroom of my own, so I have created a lighter stage of darkroom - a dim room so that I can carry on some form of printing from home - cyanotype. Printing feeds my soul.

I have been thinking how this, for me, is yet another form of wellbeing. Wellbeing through process… Through studying classic photography, over the years I have become interested in all sorts of processes for producing photographs - beyond cyanotype printing - platinum printing, contact printing silver prints in the darkroom with digital negatives and also hand colouring.

The pure concentration needed to perfect these various techniques to me is a form of mindfulness, of wellbeing.

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I can loose myself for two or three hours whilst hand colouring a black and white photograph. Working the colours to achieve the right tones and shades, applying the colour gently to achieve the translucent feel and shading that I love. Equally, I can loose myself in Lightroom and Photoshop processing an image that I know is to be printed through one of these printing processes. Converting to black and white, making a digital negative with the right amount of contrast and density or simply weighing out and mixing chemicals for cyanotype, then coating papers takes me away from all that is going on in the world. In the zone. In a state of complete and utter flow…

If you are interested in Cyanotype prints, then I can throughly recommend Linda McCartney’s book Sun Prints. It is a beautiful book to read - even if you have no interest in printing your own. Such an organic process, quietly connecting me nature and process.

Hoping this is a little soul food for your own creativity and wellbeing

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Consider this...

 
Beauty and wholeness are worth preserving.
Unknown.

Consider this… Photography as a meditation practice.

Hello lovely reader,

How often do you have seemingly unconnected thoughts in your head that are just there? Time will pass and then the wires join? Well, this happened to my a while ago and the result of the fusion is a series of courses that I am planning to share… They have seeds of an idea for a very long time and I haven’t been able to articulate them sufficiently in order to take them further. When this happens, I simply leave them to germinate slowly when the time is right.

You know how I love wandering in the countryside either with my hounds or my camera, drinking it all in - well it was when I was out with my dogs here, that I had that lightbulb moment. I recalled the simple Japanese practice of Shinrin Yoku - forest bathing that brings together ancient ways and wisdom with the latest environmental health science - by coincidence, I have also written about it in the same post too. I was suddenly connecting the benefits being out in nature and photography as a meditation practice. I had long been aware that my own heart rate lowers when I am alone in my studio behind my camera. I had brought together various thoughts and the result was that I had something I wanted to share - a form of creativity that brings about a frame of mind, in which a person actually taking photographs is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, this state of flow is characterised by complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting loss in one's sense of space and time. Share the benefits I glean whilst behind the camera.

Building on those firm foundations already laid…

In order to enter such a state, you obviously have to be totally at ease with the rudiments of photography, hence my foundation courses. This holistic approach was designed specifically with Art Photography and/or Photography for Wellbeing in mind. The craft of how to - the technical side - gently, simply and easily put. All the technical expressions unpacked and understood and go down to form solid foundations on which the rest can be built. Once this is firmly embedded in you, then your mind will be open for the creative side of your mind to work.

I truly believe that there is creativity in each and every one of us. We may choose not to use it or tell ourselves that it isn’t there and so creating a barrier, a block, but I truly do believe that it is in us all.

It is through these courses that I will help you discover the creativity that actually has been there all along, nestling deep within you. The creativity that comes from the fusion of heart and mind and a particular moment.

If you are interested in learning more, as the courses progress to becoming live, then do please subscribe to my New Shoots Magazine with occasional supplements and gain access to my Inspiration Library…

Sending a little inspiration your way to unlock that creativity within,

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ps By coincidence, I am going a wandering in some bluebell woods this week end with my family as we celebrate Easter. I hope you enjoy the long week end and manage to get out in the countryside. Maybe bring a little nature home too? :)



At last, some progress...

 
The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.
Yousuf Karsh
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Hello lovely people,

Hope you are all bright eyed etc :) Spring at last here in the Northern Hemisphere…

After quite a few teething problems, false starts and delays - no internet, slow internet, dying laptop - I am, at last, making headway with my first of three eBooks. The content has been solid for quite some time now but actually getting that content onto my computer ready for the design and page layout has been a non starter. I even resorted to writing out copy in a notebook with a real pen and paper!

Fortunately, I do love the theatre of writing - the lovely paper, notebooks, the right fine liner, then there is the table where you write and the flowers - of course - and the drink to sustain… tea or coffee? The cup, the pot and so on. Yes I insist on setting the stage so that it becomes a pleasure that it elevated from the ordinary to the extra ordinary. It’s all in the detail. The little things. The image above was from a time early in the morning when I set up a writing place in my studio - the light is beautiful in there first thing. So inspiring. So very peaceful. Lovely.

The framework of the second and third volumes in the series are all set out, so they will too be a pleasure to bring together, as and when I get there.

It is now, and only now that I feel I can think about other things.

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By nature, I aim a very caring and generous person. So, naturally I’ve been wondering what I can give to you, my lovely community of followers and supporters. It needs to feel good in my bones, whatever I do. From the heart.

Whilst I was out wandering with my dogs earlier in the week, I had a spark of inspiration! From that, I am planning to make an eBook to put in my Inspiration Library for all my subscribers to my New Shoots Magazine to enjoy, to download for free. What’s in it for me, I hear you ask. I’m seeing it as a personal project that will fill my need for design and photographic exploration, whilst at the same time celebrating my love for all things seasonal and country. I am conscious that we can all bring a little seasonal country into our lives - wherever we live - town or country.

I would love to think that I can pop this in my Inspiration Library towards the end of Spring, to celebrate that season. I have a good working title, notes of ideas of what I would love to include and share. I am going to proceed with fingers crossed that there will be no more hurdles to slow down this project and I have a vision in my mind’s eye that I will be doing the work towards publication on this from my lovely new all white, light filled workspace that is being painted now!

If you are not already signed up to my New Shoots Magazine, but want to take advantage of my Inspiration Library, then please do subscribe in the panel in the right hand margin here or from the one at the bottom of my home page.

Wishing you a light filled week end

love

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ps There are some new calendar pages for April going live this week end in my Inspiration Library. Jx

A tip, a quote and a book for March

 
I believe photography is a tool to express our positive assessment of the world. A tool to acquire ultimate happiness and belief.
Ansel Adams
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Hello creative people,

Here in the UK it is grey, cold and wet after an unusually glorious spell of the complete opposite. Hello Spring :)

I am thinking that a tip, a quote and a book is a good collection for a series of blog posts to kick start the new growing year here. Hope you enjoy them….

The image above is of a Crocus Giant Ruby and I have applied one of my own photoshop actions to give it that pared back, muted colour palette that resonates with me so readily. The image speaks of quiet beginnings in early Spring rather than a literal, documentary style that is not me. Hope you like.

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On slowing down.

Something I always share with my creative students and fledgeling photographers is simply to slow down! This actually helps you see better, by placing you in a better creative zone. Every little extra moment of slowing before you press the shutter will help.

Slowing down is like a tiny meditation of gratitude.

Slowing down, not only opens your eyes, but will also open your mind and your heart to discover the magic in the everyday.

I really do believe that by finding little pockets of you in the everyday, slowing down, is a path to creativity.

A simple pleasure in any event.

And finally a book - I feel that I want to recommend something that aligns nicely which my thoughts on slowing down. Something that will add to your photography through increased awareness of creativity. Enter The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard.

‘A prism through which all worlds from literary creation to housework to aesthetics take on enhanced and enchanted significances.’

…from the new forward in my copy, that has been read several times and is now full of underlines, annotations and asterisks! Thats a recommendation in itself. Do go and find yourself a copy to read, well worth the effort. Enjoy. Read slowly :)

sending lightness through this grey week.

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ps Thank you for all the lovely kind words on the Spring edition of my New Shoots magazine - much appreciated…



Looking back looking forwards

 
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The sun brings forth unlimited possibilities and the moon, reflection and deep gratitude for all that we have in life.
Satsuma Shibuya

as Winter becomes Spring…

Within my photography practice, overtime I have built in to my days a period of early morning brainstorming and list making. The evening will often see me reflecting on my day’s progress in readiness for the morning’s noting of possibilities…

I’ve noticed that this has become part of my week’s, my month’s and quarter’s practice to keep me aligned with my business plan. My creative side allows time for this too. Except instead of being a quarter, it is looking forwards to the next season and also reflecting what has happened in that season.

Cherish the season.

Here in the UK, this Winter will be remembered for extremes - for me snow and an iced over lane in front of my cottage kept me home for a week then only a couple of weeks later wandering in the sunshine and seeing people in shorts!

I adore evenings filled with log fires and candlelight and the foggy starts to winter days as I plot and plan the time ahead. But equally I enjoy the planning of my season’s cutting bed, list making of treasures to grow, dahlia tubers to order notes of narcissus varieties for Autumn orders and designing the colours capes that they will bring.

From minimal snowscapes to minimal waterscapes featuring a gorgeous cygnet enjoying the sunshine and record temperatures.

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My Winter has been a visual feast - from holly to snowdrops, then the fragrant delights of narcissi on the kitchen table and bowls of white hyacinth on my studio table ready for when people drop in for meetings. My own take on Shinrin-yoku - forest bathing involves taking my camera out into the countryside, purely pleasure - to experience total immersion in the moment.

My mind is already turning to food as I’m growing some peas on the kitchen windowsill for salad shoots.

My Colour Wheel for Winter 2019

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Adding to the visual feast, my research into Colour Psychology is, as always, continuing. I know there are a lot of readers out there that are really interested in this aspect of my work, so I thought I would share… I have been particularly aware of the neutral colours this Winter… taupes and soft warm greys. Fleeting promises of things to come but mainly muted subdued tones.

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Reading for the Season

Some recommendations for your Spring reading pile -

I am evangelical about pointing students - creatives and fledgeling photographers, to read about the works and ideas and theories of not only classic photographers, but those of other noteworthy creatives and artists. Inspiration for a new photography project can come from one nugget of an idea mentioned in a book by an artist.

David Hockney’s A Bigger Message

A record of a decade of private conversations with art critic Martin Gayford, through reflection, anecdote, passion and humour the fruits of his lifelong meditations on the problems and paradoxes of representing a three-dimensional world on a flat surface. Some of the diverse people he has encountered along the way – from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Billy Wilder – make entertaining entries into an entertaining read.

The evergreen, Ways of Seeing by John Burger

Ways of Seeing, a television series of 30-minute films by writer John Berger in the 70’s and adapted into a book of the same name and discusses the way art has become available for all people and how that has affected its meaning. A must for all Art, Design and photography Students.

Edmund Burkes Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful

An analysis of the relationship between emotion, beauty, and art form is now recognized as not only an important and influential work of aesthetic theory, but also one of the first major works in European literature on the Sublime, a subject that has fascinated thinkers from Kant and Coleridge to the philosophers and critics of today. Not an entry level read but a worthy one to provoke thought…

I do hope that this post has been of interest and fuelled you for an inspirational new season to get out doors with your camera and go off to mindfully find that magic in the moments. After all, it really is about the little pocket of joy that your camera can bring you.

Sending joy and magic your way,

love from

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This Still Life - a personal project

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Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.

Dalai Lama

Hello again you lovely folk,

Hoping this finds you well and with Spring in your step! Not long now here in the UK…

Early musings

For my new readers, let me tell you - I love to play with words and love to consider dictionary definitions. I take inspiration from those that aren’t first of th list - the less obvious get me thinking laterally. The phrase Still Life is a great example. I have been pushing ideas around in my head and trying to articulate my thoughts for ages - all this time, I have been shooting images that speak of this, for my personal exploration. My camera speaks readily.

Whether or not I have yet found the words, remains to be seen, but the stillness that I experience in This Still Life is central to my work and people regularly get in touch with me or mention in conversations about the sense of calm they experience when they consider certain of my images.

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A couple of definitions to ponder…

STILL

/stɪl/

noun

deep silence and calm; stillness.

  1. "the still of the night"

    synonyms: quietness, quiet, quietude, silence, stillness, hush, soundlessness, noiselessness;

 
 
 

QUIETUDE

/ˈkwʌɪɪtjuːd/

noun

  1. a state of stillness, calmness, and quiet in a person or place.

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Flow and Memory

This very personal project explores this - together with flow a positive psychology phrase/theory that was first coined in the 1960’s by Martin Seligman meaning in the zone.

Basically when I am taking photographs, I am in the zone - I completely switch off from the outside world and all that is going on around me. Apparently I even stop speaking mid sentence! It is nothing to do with creating Still Life Tableaux to shoot - rather making note of little pockets of calm in our everyday world that is full of noise.

I am shooting both on film and digitally - who knows where this will take me, but that’s the beauty of personal projects, isn’t it?

Some of these little pockets of calm appear on commercial shoots, when likeminded people work together - whether on brief or props quietly gathered in the wings, they may appear as everyone else has left… it’s simply a question of quietly noting your surroundings.

Some of the images on these shoots evoke memories of the quiet found, the light or the odd unplanned moments. Memories. The power of a photograph.

Do hope you enjoy this ongoing project… you can find the gallery here.

Sending lots of light and quiet your way,

lots of love



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A little Art History - Scandi style.

 
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A low, almost monochromatic tonality unifies the otherwise disparate elements within each room.

Richard Dorment, reporting in the Telegraph on the Vilhelm Hammershøi Exhibition in the Tate in 2008.

Hello lovelies,

It is still rather cold out there, but the birds are singing and there are snowdrops and crocus flowering out and about… a great incentive to get outdoors after this long old Winter, here in the UK. I’m regularly asked where I get my inspiration from… that is one huge question, which is actually far too big to answer.

Through my studies and ongoing interest in Art History, I want to share how diverse my inspiration is - from the Silverware of Archibald Knox for its simplicity and use of shape, through the design philosophies of the Bauhaus to the colour inspiration gleaned from Scandinavian painters renowned for their held back colour palette and resulting light.

Two of my favourite painters are Carl Vilhelm Holsøe (1863 to 1935) and Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916). They regularly inspire my choice of colour. I naturally gravitate towards these two painters - their use of colour speaks to me - of the quiet, considered tints that result in the gentle light that is synonymous with Scandinavian painters of that era.

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How the colour palette works

A quick snippet of Colour Theory for those of you who are interested… my pastel colours are called tints - these are made up from a pure colour that has been mixed with white. For me there is a clarity in these mixes as opposed to shades where blacks have been added to the same pure colour. I could go an awful lot deeper into this and start chatting about Colour Psychology and colours collected throughout the seasons, but instead I will send you here

If you visit the link, you will find Joen Wolfrom’s Colour and Design tools - aimed at people who use colour in their work - Artists and Crafters, Graphic Designers, Illustrators and Interior Designers. For the lovely people who book one of my private creative workshops, I always like to give them a copy of Joen’s Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool and a Studio Color Wheel Poster…

Simply chose a set of two complimentary tints or three triadic tints of equal strengths, then you will not go far wrong.

I hope that I have given you just enough information to encourage you to dip you toe into the world of colour. Do go and look at the Colour and Design tools - they are really worth the investment - and no, this is not an ad!

Sending lots of delicate tints and sublime light to inspire you…

 
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taking care...

 
 
 
When you breathe out… the planet breathes in.

Michael Townsend Williams co-founder of
BreatheSync and Author of Do Breathe

You can download Michael’s app here.

Hello lovely people,

Hope you are all well and full of creativity…

It’s a funny thing isn’t it, but how often are the obvious things right in from of you and you don’t even notice?

There is much talk on Instagram about algorithms and how fragile some people’s futures are as they are completely dependent on it for their income. Some have thousands and hundreds of thousands of followers and drop more followers that I have overnight! I personally find social media too noisy and hard work as you have to watch it all the time. I prefer to travel a path less trodden in that and most things in life. Are you the same? Recently I was brought to a halt when a highly successful (and quiet soul) online designer wrote about her tiny foot print on social media and her success from and care for her blog and newsletters.

This is me! I have always been precious over my both - both with content of posts but also the design side. Ditto my newsletters.

This made me consider the feedback I receive from my blog. I have had a lot of feedback about my look back on the last season as we start a new one. This has made me want to do more posts for you like this… Can I commit to one such post every month? I certainly want to give it a try. So, from the end of the month - maybe it will settle at every other month, I’m certainly going to give it a go… I should have lots to write about, living my seasonal life emerged in nature, as well as my photographic world existing in the same universe.

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A gift

In the meantime, can I leave you with this? A gift from me… if you would like to download this image to enjoy as wallpaper, then simply click on the image. It is 2400px wide. Please respect my © and do not use it elsewhere without my permission… simply contact me. A photograph from possibly my favourite woodland in the world. It is a twenty minute walk from the nearest road and if you stop and listen, there is absolutely no manmade sound at all. A place that I have visited regularly for over a decade. At certain times of the year, the sound of the birds can be deafening. I visit this special place frequently to just be… I will take my dogs and a flask of tea so that I can sit a while and take even more of it in.

If you are interested in reading more about the Japanese way- the practice of walking slowly through the woods, in no hurry, for a morning, an afternoon or a day, then pop here, published last March, you may find it interesting.

The image at the top of this post is from a shoot I did with Fiona Perry Flowers in an entirely different wood.

If you would like to receive more gifts from me - from wallpapers for your monitors to calendar pages and some discount codes in the future, then simply sign up to my New Shoots Magazine in the right hand margin here → I love to share.

Wishing you good health and relaxation,

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I know a place...

let me take you there…

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The London coffeehouses of the 17th & 18th centuries were the engines of creation that helped drive the Enlightenment - the European intellectual movement of the time that emphasised reason and individualism rather than tradition.

I love to play with language and with that comes my love of writing. Lately, in designing my new online world, I have been pushing words around in my head so that I can visualise the whole thing. How lovely to stand back and look at your own world once in a while.

In doing this I have realised that I have my virtual workplace firmly embedded in my head, so I thought I would introduce it to you and walk you round… I have obviously been influenced by In Praise of Shadows without realising it until now. Read the book club post here.

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Do come in

It’s like a little house - just as a child would draw. The whole place is very light and airy, painted in white to draw the light in for my photography. Let me start with the upstairs - first up is my studio - this has a dark end and a light end. Next to that is my darkroom, a place where I do all my online editing from digital files. It is in these two rooms that house my new eCourses - on photography, styling and editing and more…

Downstairs, there just HAS to be a library… lined with eBooks and zines and visuals. There is a comfy chair and a table to encourage you to stay a while. There is a section for my Inspiration Library - this is available only to the band of lovely people who subscribe to my New Shoots Magazine along with the Supplements that come along. When you sign up to my New Shoots Magazine you get a key to this space. The area is new and has empty shelves all ready for a collection of eBooks that I will publish and release especially for my subscribers. This is where the free inspirational desktop wallpapers live and you will find a monthly calendar to download too - all of these are for your desktop so that you computer will become a place of serenity and zen.

Next door to the library is the zen den and tea/coffee house. Two areas for calm and contemplation.

And there, my little tour has come to an end.

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Sending peace and light this January day,

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