Cyclamen time of year

July and August seem to be Cyclamen time of year here.ย  I really love cyclamen.ย  They are so unusual with their beautiful flowers, different colours and wonderfully textured leaves.

I was going through some of last year’s photos this morning and found an image taken on this exact day, last year.ย  I’ve had a bit of a play with it.. cropped and enhanced digitally.ย  I like this heightened view ๐Ÿ™‚

#Cyclamen 2012

Thought I’d also share a rough pencil study of one of this year’s cyclamens, sketched quickly a couple of nights ago into my journal. A study of line, mark and tone.

#Cyclamen Pencil Study_smlJust a quick one today ๐Ÿ™‚ย  It’s awfully windy here.. a good inside day!

Changing it up!

A new look and reworked tagline for the blog…’cause that’s how I feel ๐Ÿ™‚

“Everyday things can be magical too”

Still in pursuit of those everyday things… ones that are so often overlooked.ย  Many times I miss the mark and sometimes I don’t even realise until later on that I’ve found the wow factor…but for me that’s what it’s all about and I really enjoy looking…and finding.

I’ve been going back through my images.. (it’s been raining…lots!).. ones I’ve taken over the past year or more.. and I came across this one.ย  A favourite of mine.

Butterfly resting

I saw this butterfly in our backyard (beginning 2012)… I chased followed it around taking lots of photos ๐Ÿ˜‰

The dear fellow was very kind to me and I think he looked very tired but he was beautiful.. and I was so excited!!

Some of you might even remember me paintingย  this guy too.ย  His beautiful colours and rich velvety coat were magnificent.

I was and still am very taken with him ๐Ÿ™‚

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

2012 has been a fantastic year full of learning, making some art ( but not enough) and taking stacks (Aussie for lots and lots) of photos.

I wanted to continue my photographic journey in 2012 after finishing a year of Fine Arts study the year before.ย  I’ve learnt so much about my camera ( and myself ) and of course have only begun to explore the possibilities.

My photographic direction this past year has been to capture the ‘things of everyday’ and to challenge myself to taking a photo everyday.ย  I’ve certainly managed to capture the ‘everyday’ with some of my images and yet there is plenty of room to grow in this direction if that’s the road I take.ย  So many things capture my eyes ๐Ÿ™‚

I didn’t manage photos every single day with my 366 challenge, but decided to do what was possible for me and not get stressed over what I didn’t achieve… This made my challenge mostly relaxing and enjoyable. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been going through my images from 2012 and have chosen these to share for this weekly photo challenge.

Jan - Butterfly
I chased this beautiful fellow around until he sat still. He looked very tired but still very beautiful.
This image, taken of a Catalina propellor was carefully planned through a gate ;)
This image, taken of a Catalina propellor was carefully planned through a gate ๐Ÿ˜‰
This fabulous circus tent grabbed my attention on the way home from painting. The reflections made it something special :)
This fabulous circus tent grabbed my attention on the way home from painting. The reflections made it something special ๐Ÿ™‚

The 2 images below were me experimenting with still life and light.

Violets

Jul -Mandarin_paint

These dear little fellows were born in August and have taken over my life ;)
These dear little fellows were born in August and have taken over my life ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oct - Delta

These roses are in my front garden and as I was passing by, I saw the beautiful light created by the late afternoon sun.
These roses are in my front garden and as I was passing by, I saw the beautiful light created by the late afternoon sun.
This is a favourite, snapped with a mobile phone.  Such gorgeous light.  Brilliant!
This is a favourite, snapped with a mobile phone. Such gorgeous light. Brilliant!
..and lastly, one of the beautiful sights of early morning in the country.
..and lastly, one of the beautiful sights of early morning in the country.

This year has been a journey.ย  One shared with the lovely ladies sharing my 366 challenge… and also shared with all of you.

My heartfelt thanks for the amazing encouragement, kind words and generally cheering me on ๐Ÿ˜€

I haven’t decided what 2013 holds for me yet, but I’ll defintitely be here, visiting the blogs and sites that inspire me. I’ll surely be taking photos and making art.ย  I must ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I’d like to join the weekly challenges this year and take photos whenever I can ๐Ÿ˜€ ..and I’m hoping to get out and about around our beautiful country more, to see some of what there is to see.

Happy New Year!!

 

Day 366 / 366 – Last rays of 2012

I started my 366 challenge this year with a sunrise and I really wanted to finish it with a sunset… ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’m so glad to have met all the people that have visited, taken interest and passed by my blog this year.ย  It’s been a wonderful year.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Happy New Year to you!!