Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday...with Yellow Canvas Beauty



This is the second of four posts showing some of the process and images I shot for Australian based Canvas Beauty who asked me to create some unique table photographs for them...
I had so many shasta daisies over the Summer that I decided to work on two yellow themes...

As the daisies are bold, I tried to soften them with honeysuckle, ferns, marjoram, fennel and seeds whilst reflecting the yellow centres with the lemons...

As Canvas use loads of natural products I wanted to include at least a few edible and aromatic flowers too...
( although these beautiful hand made wooden boxes used for storing oils smelled amazing anyway! )
As Canvas is based in Australia I found a couple of vintage maps to include in the composition...
( you can see the other one here and here... )



Canvas Beauty pride themselves on their products which are full of wonderful herbal extracts and unique essential oils harnessing natural power as well as a natural healing therapy.
Follow them on Instagram @canvasbeautyau and on Facebook where you can see more of my photos

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday...

It’s been a bit of a busy, multi tasking week, as tonight I have the Private View for my new exhibition ‘Sea Marks’ at 35 North Contemporary Art Gallery in Brighton...

It’s an exhibition which combines all my work process with sketches, texture studies, paintings and photographs with inspiration from Brighton, Hastings and Cornwall...





I’ve been cutting it a bit fine with the painting and some of them were still a bit wet when they were framed and when  I hung them yesterday! 



You can read a bit more about the gallery and exhibition here, and if you’re in Brighton over the next 4 weeks and fancy a nosey, the gallery is open Thursday - Sunday.


Next week I’ll be tidying the garden which is getting overrun by Autumn!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thursday...


Just a quick post to remind you that you still have a few days to pre order your calendars on my etsy shop with the 20% discount using code: 5ftinfcal20 ( you use it at the checkout )
...and I've also just listed some packs of cards too! 

(...and the floor is definitely getting a re-paint next month! )




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday...

Westonbirt Tree Arboretum in Autumn is one of those places which sum up childhood for me...
My parents used to take us virtually every year and I was always aware of how much my dad loved it...( usually the only things he became really enthusiastic about were electronics, radios, phones and batteries! )
I loved it too, and I still endeavour to visit every Autumn, although some years  I don’t make it...



( 1976: Me, my brother and my Dad in front of a tree that we always look for...and never find, probably because it’s much bigger now! )





( ...could this be it? )

We went a little early this year ( the 3rd weekend in October is notoriously colourful ), but it was still one of the best Autumn days out of 2014...

...And I’m also pretty sure I discovered what that mystery nut I found last month was!!
I saw the tree and the nuts at the arboretum, and as every tree has a label in Latin, I photographed it, looked it up and it was...Hickory! ( the leaves didn’t seem to match the ones from before, but it must be a type of Hickory )
















Westonbirt is a wonderful place where nature’s colours are at their best, and I’ve been coming home in the car with leaves, chestnuts, lichen and sticks stuffed into my hat, wellies and various pockets since the early ’70’s!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday...with Pink Canvas Beauty


Over the last few months I’ve been working on such a lovely project for the Australian based Canvas Beauty.
Canvas asked me to create 4 unique table compositions with various colour themes and, like their products, connect with nature.
It was a perfect project for me as its a joy to compose these pieces...

Over the next 3 Mondays I’ll be posting pictures of the process of how I put their images together, starting with today’s pink theme...


Part of the joy of my compositions comes directly from nature itself, so when these Japanese Anemone petals were scattered over the garden path it sort of got me started...

I was working with one of the Canvas oil burners and decided to include a hydrangea petal to highlight the water, but to reflect that beautiful thing when petals just fall into ornamental ponds...
I wanted to re-create or at least capture some of the prettiness of the anemones outside...
as well as the freshness of the flowers in the morning...

...I lit up the burner last of all and I was so pleased that the warm glow of the candle picked out the centres of the shasta daisies as well as the anemones...
One composition often informs another, and although the rose petals didn’t feature in this pink composition... I just couldn’t leave them out!



Canvas Beauty pride themselves on their products which are full of wonderful herbal extracts and unique essential oils harnessing natural power as well as a natural healing therapy.
Follow them on Instagram @canvasbeautyau and on Facebook  and you’ll be able to see more of my photos.

* this is a sponsored post