Summer Beach {One frame}

A new beach landscape shot this week, it’s amazing how the light and weather can affect photographs. This was taken standing atop the dunes on a superbly bright day.

With the wave breaking and the super fluffy clouds against the incredibly blue sky that fades out into the horizon. I feel particularly happy with the way I captured the beach.

Being at an angle there’s just a little bit of dune sneaking into the frame gives the image depth somehow, there’s no post processing on this image – everything is more or less in focus and the horizon is straight. I kinda feel its one of the best landscape photographs I’ve ever taken.

Summer Ocean {Photography collection}

There is something timeless and soothing about the sea isn’t there? This week I wanted to share some ocean snaps. 

You may or may not have know but Wednesday 8th June was World Ocean Day so with that in mind I hope you enjoy this seaside themed post.

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Earth Day 2022 {Photography Collection}

I’ve been on a bit of a tech detox from everything but my camera, which has been amazing – it helped that the weather was been good and that I didn’t want to be inside! But now I’m back in the real world and since today is Earth Day 2022 I thought I’d share some rather nice beach photography with you.

It’s amazing how a little bright sunlight effects the way we see the world. Gone are the dark bleak days of December here is the lush sunlight of April (until it starts raining of course!)

Anyway, enjoy some beach/earth related photography and a couple of ocean related pages from my sketchbook…

Did you know that the ocean covers 70 percent of the earth’s surface and provides more than 70 percent of the earth’s oxygen!

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Flowers {Photography collection}

Sorry for the lack of posts lately but changing my url threw up a few challenges with my site and I though that it was best to get the issues sorted before posting anything else! But it gave me a chance to tweak a few things that I’d already posted and I’ve been able to redesign my avatar!

Seeing as this is my first post since the start of meteorological spring I thought I’d share some flower photography with you.

Its amazing how autumn is my favourite season until spring and summer arrive in full force and the beautiful colours of regrowth bloom and all the bees come back…even this early in the year there are bees in the garden and quite a lot of butterflies!

So, enjoy some floral photography…

These are two of my favourite plants to grow the little white daisy type flowers are camomile and the other is actually a runner bean flowers – they both attracted so many bees last year! Runner bean flowers in particular are so delicate and watching them slowly creep over the green house frame was amazing.

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Spring Sunset {One frame}

Just a short photography post this week. I hope life is treating you with compassion and respect! Changing the url threw up a few issues with my site and google has had to re-crawl everything, so I though by not posting few a couple of weeks might be helpful.

The weather has been so up and down recently, it’s quite depressing really.

So when I found myself with a dry sunny evening I couldn’t help but get my camera out.

The sunset over the river was amazing, especially as the swans were still about. Although Autumn is my favourite season, thankfully spring is almost here and it will be summer soon, so hopefully the weather will be a little dryer and less grey.

The smoothness of the sky is contrasted so nicely against the blackness of the distant trees, I love how the colours change from light to dark, with the little duck in silhouette against the ripples of the water.

Fungi Patterns {Art}

Hello friends and happy Saturday! A while ago I decided to see if I could find anything magical to photograph and went out in the wilderness where I found a little patch of grassland fungi! These beautiful mushrooms were so tiny and their colours seemed so vivid against the green of the grass (especially in December!). And then I thought instead to just editing them, why not manipulate them in Affinity to try and create some interesting patterns.

So, enjoy some wild foraging symmetry…

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Swans in black and white

Hello my friends, I hope you had a safe and joyful new year! Lots has been happening here – I’ve changed my url to artymissk.com (it feels so cool to be .com) and I thought that I’d kick off my first real post of the year with some photo editing.

I really love black and white images – they feel timeless so I thought I’d have a go at editing the swan photos that I took last year.

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Wild Mushrooms {Photography collection}

In a bid to hold onto the last of this years sunshine (before winter completely sets in) I decided to see if I could find anything magical to photograph and while out in the wilderness I found a very lovely little patch of grassland fungi! These beautiful mushrooms were tiny and their colours seemed so vivid against the green of the grass. I love fungi there are so many species and colours and they grow in the most unlikely places.

So, enjoy some wild foraging photography…and a few doodles…

This is one of my favorites from the shoot. I love how simple and stock-photography-like it looks. The way the light hits the mushroom and the sunlight through the grass just feels so natural…

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Swan {Photography collection}

I truly believe Mute Swans to be the most magical and gentle of wild birds. These beautiful birds are one of the heaviest British birds and can grow as heavy as 14kg and have a wingspan of 2.4 metres (over 7ft), it’s the largest of our British wildfowl species. I love swans they have so many myths and stories and float about all gracefully on the water.

So, enjoy some calming nature photography…

Remember when you were told not to feed the stray cats…well I started feeding the birds by the river – not bread, because that’s bad for them, I feed them Wildthings Swan and Duck Food because it floats. now they assume I have food all the time and will follow me!

I thought I’d try and put together a little collection of things to these amazing birds.

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Autumn tree {Photography collection}

I genuinely think autumn is my favourite season the colours and textures are just so amazing. This beautiful tree is an old friend standing in the autumn sun…aren’t trees just magical, being all leafy and sucking carbon from the atmosphere. This is one of my favourites, although the colours of summer lingered a lot later than normal.

Enjoy some warm and calming autumn colours…

I thought I’d try and put together a little collection of things relating to this old tree.

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The White Rabbit {Art}

The White Rabbit was illustrated by Sir John Tenniel for ‘Alice’s adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll in 1866. I absolutely love his illustrations, so this is my attempt at Sir John’s White rabbit of Hearts. I’m quite pleased with it! Drawn with Winsor & Newton Indian ink.

“Near the King was the White Rabbit with a trumpet in one hand, and a scroll of parchment in the other.

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A world of my own {Art}

Alice in wonderland has long been one of my favourite things in the world so continuing my experimenting with water colours to try and bring more green and nature inside in the winter and combining my love of all things green with my love of calligraphy and quotes, they don’t take long to do, but look really effective against a white wall – my funny little brain likes to pretend its alchemy!

Little picnic in the woods {Art/Photography Project}

Its happened, its autumn – although I feel like we skipped my favourite season and have gone straight to winter, its so cold!

But I’ve been out in the wild to photograph the change in nature and I took this with me.

The unexpectedly small tea party. Created using paper, unsurprisingly this took longer than expected.  Its made to be about the same size as dollhouse furniture (I think its 1/12 scale) and then I covered some dollhouse dishes.  I made it years ago and found it recently, can’t believe its still holding together!

I made this when I was a Uni as a part of my finals as part of an Alice in Wonderland project. It’s not using actual book pages (I could never destroy a book like that!) but is from photocopies from a book. The paper was then rolled or lined with card to help it keep its shape.

Alice in Wonderland is a big part of my life and I have an awful lot of art to go with it!

Beautiful tree {Photography}

Hello friends, just a quick photography post on this lovely sunny Friday. Isn’t this one of the most beautiful trees? Standing there all glorious under the sun!

The truck is massive and the bark is so rough, its as though the poor thing has been scratched. Its even lost several limbs which I imagine were beautiful but in the way of passersby – it’s so human to think ‘oh that 500 year old tree branch is in the way of our new footpath lets chop it off.’ If I could have any tree in which to build a house it would be this one!

Autumn leaves {Art}

This weeks theme is leaves and nature and greenery, I’ve sat and embroidered a little sampler of leaf designs, not sure when they’ll come in handy but you never know and it looks quite pretty.

The sampler itself only took an hour or so to finish. The hoop its in is six inches across and sewn in variously sized stitches, Its all sewn free hand using coloured cotton floss at a time onto a natural (and excitingly) eco friendly, recycled calico!

I’ve also been experimenting with watercolours and my set of Arteza brush pens to try and bring more green and nature inside for the winter, they don’t take long to do, but look really effective against a white wall – my funny little brain likes to pretend its alchemy!

I’ve always thought that yellow was my favourite colour, but at the moment a lot of my art is green.

Tolkientober Days 1-4

So this year I decide to try and partake in Tolkientober on twitter and create a piece of art each day relating to the set theme. I know I won’t be able to complete all the challenges but I’m going to try my best to keep up!

Day 1: Ring – This is a wire ring I made, if I had to design a ring of power it would look like this, the wire is only craft jewellery wire but I love how it sort of looks a little viking/medieval.

Day 2 was a rest day – I love that the challenge includes rest days!

Day 3: Enemy – Enemy would that be a reference to Smaug the Terrible? I love illustrating dragons, they are literally one of my favourite things to draw (the other being bees)

Created in Affinity Photo (its like Photoshop) this Smaug was first drawn onto paper and then copied onto my computer. Overall I think it was something like 65 layers I love the orange colour of the dragon and may put more detail into the background eventually…or maybe add a very small burglar hobbit.

Day 4: Forest – The Forest of Fangorn lies on our doorstep painted with oil on canvas, very much in the style of Bob Ross. I took up oil painting at the beginning of lockdown (somewhat unsuccessfully) but I enjoy it nonetheless. This is one of my better ones and I’m genuinely pleased with it.

After years of using watercolour, oil paint is a totally different animal to work with – I cant believe how long it takes to dry!

Yellow flowers in the sun {Poetry}

Firstly Happy national poetry day 2021! Secondly just a short post this week

As its the 7th of October thought I’d post this haiku!

I really love to write Haiku’s its so quick and easy. For those who may not know Haiku (or Hokku) is a Japanese form of verse most often composed (in English versions) of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Thanks for reading,

have a great week.

Summer Flowers {Photography collection}

While its raining outside here’s some wonderfully happy pot marigolds. Aren’t they just so sunny!

Spending more time outside has being something I’ve always enjoyed, but this year I really put the effort in to learn gardening and be more at one with nature. So I thought I’d try a and put a collection of flower photography together. These beautiful pot marigolds are particularly vivid against the green of the grass – although I don’t like the smell to them very much.

Enjoy some warm and happy summer colours…

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Number seven {One frame}

Do you have a lucky number?

I don’t know why, but this always makes me smile. It’s a random paving slab (about 6×6 inches) in the middle of a field, but it’s a seven – which is of course not only lucky but also a magic number…or the field is #7…but then you have to wonder where they’ve hidden the other six!