{beautiful to me} Loui Jover

As Daughter gets closer to her HSC major work for Visual Arts, I’m becoming more and more aware of the art I see online.

She and I tend to bounce off one another artistically – I value her opinion and she looks to me for ideas.  And whenever I see anything that incorporates books (my Beautiful Girl is a voracious reader), I immediately bookmark it to share with her later.

so when i found the work of loui jover, i knew it was something i had to share with her

The way he uses fragile vintage papers – papers that already tell a story – as the backdrop for artworks that tell another story is quite magical.  I know that Daughter is particularly drawn to his works on manuscript papers (her other love is music, closely followed by dance).  

I love his philosophy on being an artist as well: I paint, I draw and I do it every day.  Sound advice for all creative souls.

You can find more of Loui Jover’s works at his Saatchi Art profile and follow him on Facebook.

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53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice: No.42

change is not a bad thing

In our family the Husband and Daughter don’t cope well with change…

Me?

i’m  more a ‘go with the flow’ sort of gal

Change happens.
We can stress about it and bemoan the fact that it’s happened – or we can dust ourselves off and see what it brings.

I think if you expect change, then it’s less of a shock when it does happen.
And who knows, the change that comes could be a turning point in your life…

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘favourite artwork’

the weekend photo project prompt - favourite artwork

Most of the artwork that graces our walls was created by either myself or the kids.

which can make it tough to pick a favourite artwork in my house

They’re all special for different reasons.

…the very first Valentine’s heart where all Daughter could do was sprinkle glitter…
…my Little Man’s footprints…
…the first canvases we created when we moved to our little town…
…a colourful burst of melted crayons that people always comment on…
…the ever changing pencil drawings and photographs in the hall…

Like I said – tough to pick a favourite.

I honestly think I’ll be photographing the Little Man’s Ned Kelly though.  There’s something about the simplicity of the colours and the perspective he’s used that really speaks to me.

And here’s where I’ll be sharing them with you - 

Facebook:  Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags).  You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog:  Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world.  Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr:  Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project.

Pinterest:  If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos.  Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them.  I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on.  If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram.  You’ll find me here on Instagram.  Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption.  Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog.  And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos.  Visit other peoples photos.  Like them.  Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project - the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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{glimpses} A Week in Sydney

Daughter has just spent the week at the National Art School in Sydney, studying Contemporary Fine Art Photography (yes, I was and still am jealous!).

Husband and I decided to spend the week taking the Little Man around and showing him the big city.  It’s been nearly 10 years since we’ve been to Sydney – and after spending the week there, we know why we let so long pass between visits.

I’m determined to travel with my kids, and whilst it was fun to see the sites, experience the different foods and cultures, and dodge the people and crazy traffic, we’ve decided that we are small town folk.  The sedate pace of our little town, where you can walk down the street, where your groceries are still carried to your car, and every second person says hello… much more my style.

that said, i’ll see you for round 2 in september, sydney xo

Working out where to visit during our week in Sydney

Pizza at Dimitri’s, while we look at the map to figure out where to visit while we are in Sydney.

All that symbolises Sydney

A walk along the waterfront to admire the view that has made Sydney famous around the world.

At the New South Wales Art Gallery.

A stop at the NSW Art Gallery to make the mumma happy.

Papua New Guinea tribal mask & silver art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Two of my loves – masks and silver. Tribal masks from Papua New Guinea and a silver sculpture.

Moon over Sydney skyline

You can’t see the stars at night in Sydney, but you can still see the Moon.

Playing with an interactive light exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.

We loved the Powerhouse Museum – especially the interactive exhibitions.

Visiting Bondi Beach and the Bondi Rescue life guard tower

The Little Man can tick this off his bucket list now – visit Bondi Beach. He admitted to being a little disappointed… not many people and the water was cold!

Saying goodbye after a busy week in Sydney.

We were glad to see the city in our wing mirrors. We just had to battle the traffic to escape… Only 6 hours to home.

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53 Pieces of Unsolicited Advice: No.41

travel exposes you to new places, people and experiences

we’ve just spent the week in Sydney

I wasn’t looking forward to going – too many cars, too many people, too much noise.
But it was chin up and step it out, because I want my kids to experience different places.

i want my kids to see the world

To know that the possibilities for them are limitless.  That if they dream fiercely enough… put in the hard work and effort… and dream a little more, who knows where they will end up.

And even though Sydney is my proverbial backyard, it’s tasters like this that will encourage them to travel farther.

and one day live their dream

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘composition – perspective’

july-12-13-composition-perspective

perspective
pəˈspɛktɪv
noun
1. the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.

Depending on which author you read, perspective can be interpreted in many ways – to the point where it all gets a bit overwhelming and confusing.  Honestly, I’m not even going to try and list them all – too many different terms and opinions.  Have a look at this article – Types of Perspective in Photography - to see what I mean.

Personally, I believe that perspective is another one of the photographic techniques that becomes intuitive the more we practice our craft – you learn to recognize how you best need to shoot the frame in order to get a strong image.

Here’s some reading to inspire you to explore perspective in different ways:

  1. Get Some Perspective – National Geographic
  2. Perspective in Photography – Picture Correct
  3. Perspective in Photography: Don’t just stand there, move your feet! – Digital Photography School
  4. 17 Forced Perspective Techniques – Digital Photography School
  5. 30 Inspiring Examples of Perspective in Photography – psdfan

want to share your ‘perspective’ photos? 

Here’s where you can:

Facebook:  Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags).  You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog:  Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world.  Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr:  Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project.

Pinterest:  If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos.  Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them.  I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on.  If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram.  You’ll find me here on Instagram.  Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption.  Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog.  And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos.  Visit other peoples photos.  Like them.  Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project - the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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