A Beautiful view {One frame}

Hello friends!

A new sea view landscape one frame this week as the weather has been amazing and I’ve been able to explore a little bit I thought I’d take you to my favourite place in the world. You really could be any where in the world, when I’m at this particular spot I like to think that I’m on a magical tropical island in the middle of nowhere! 

Isn’t this an absolutely stellar view?

This was taken in my favourite spot on the cliffs above Perranporth beach in Cornwall, but really it could be in the caribbean (esp when the weather is this amazing!!)

With the sea fading into the distance and the clouds revealing just a little patch of bright blue sky. there’s a tiny patch of sand but the main focus of the image is the little palms and the grasses of the dunes. I feel particularly happy with the way I captured this view – I even managed to keep the horizon level – which is something I always struggle with when taking landscape shots.

So, that’s it for this week post! Next week is the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II so I’m going to post something along the line of celebrating our Longest reigning Queen…I really hope you enjoyed this little slice of paradise, do you have a favourite place in the world? being close to nature is one of the most calming things in the universe and can really settle your sprit when stressed or down. As always I want to thank you for reading and I wish you a wonderful week!

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Earth Day 2022 {Photography Collection}

Hello friends!

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…

A few foot prints left in the sand as the saying goes “Take only photos, Leave only footprints” But just to prove that plastic will be with us forever…here’s some Lego that I found on the beach apparently it fell off a ship in the 90’s! I like to think that the mermaids were very happy when sea themed lego fell in the sea!

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Flowers {Photography collection}

Hello my friends!

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}

Hello friends!

I hope life is treating you with compassion and respect! Just a short one frame post this week. 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.

So, that’s it for this post! I really enjoy the challenge of picking just one image – but that’s part of the fun…next week I’m hoping to create a little floral photography post. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

Fungi Patterns {Art}

Hello friends!

This week I want to share a little bit of photo editing with you! 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…

Symmetry is apparent when both sides of a photo mirrors the each other, createing a feeling of harmony and making the image more pleasing to look at. Now there are some with a great enough talent to do this naturally when using a camera – I find it easier and more fun to put an image into my photo editing and manipulation software (I use Affinity Photo its like Adobe Photoshop.) and then repeat the image the desired amount of times, flipping and rotating were necessary.

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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.

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.

These pictures are beautiful in colour of course but the elegant tones of black and white really highlight the shape of the birds.

Mute Swans really are magical birds. The local ones although being totally wild, are really rather domesticated and friendly! They get incredibly close – the adults are enormous and will actually take food form your hands.

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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…

Now I know never to eat mushrooms I find, I don’t even like to touch them – unless I’m with someone who genuinely knows what they’re doing! Let’s be honest I just like to photograph and draw them so I thought I’d try and put together a little collection of photographs to show off the beauty of these amazing little fungi.

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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.

This adult and almost fully grown cygnet very nearly made a heart shape, I got so super excited when I realised that I had taken an okay picture! The adult swans are enormous but will literally stand right next to you and while they are genuinely wild birds, they seem so domesticated.

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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.

One of the most lovely things is how the grass is still so green and the dew on the leaves is magical at this time of year.

I really enjoyed just looking at the ground (even though this picture was taken in my garden) I didn’t move anything about when I took these pictures they’re all natural. There were a few acorn cups but no actual acorns!

These leaves look so nice next to the green of the grass, I love how many fiery shades there are.

I hope you enjoyed these nature photos.

Thanks so much for reading, have a great weekend.

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!

Watercolour Flowers {Art}

I know that these flowers are super simple and fairly child-like, but I’m actually really pleased with them! I was kind of going for simplified Wildflowers from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Again they’re made using Arteza brush pens…I think I might start doing some tutorials in 2022…maybe…

Embroidered bumblebee {Art}

Hello friends, I hope the week treated you well!

To relax, get my brain into the right space and bee a little bit more zen I’ve sat quietly and embroidered myself a little bumble bee. Its all sewn free hand using a single strand of coloured floss at a time onto a natural (and excitingly eco friendly, recycled calico!) It’s been so lovely to study the photos of bees from the garden…as we have at least five types of bee I might sew one for each.

The hoop its in is six inches across and sewn in tiny stitches, I love the fact that the wings look realistic by sewing the threads in different directions.

I absolutely love embroidery, its so soothing and you really feel that you’ve achieved something when a project is finally finished.

Thank you for visiting have a great week.