30 Aug 2015

Week 3 of 365 Challenge. Nature week

This week has made me crave a macro lens ;)

If anyone is interested in joining me on a challenge. I have a 52 week challenge running here 

using the same themes but you only have to post one photo per week not everyday. 

These are the themes

1 Black and white
2 Any vehicles or parts of
3 Nature
4 Patterns
5 Textures
6 Numbers
7 Letters
8 Reflections
9 Silhouettes
10 Doors
11 Ordinary objects are beautiful
12 Fruit
13 Green
14 Architecture
15 Birds
16 Blurred
17 Shadows
18 Balance
19 Night
20 Street
21 Christmas or other celebration
22 Bicycles
23 Door knobs/handles
24 Industrial
25 Vegetables
26 Your season
27 Yellow
28 Old
29 Shoes
30 Wood
31 Rocks
32 Religious symbols/ icons/buildings
33 Flowers
34 Keys
35 Blue
36 Cooking utensils
37 Abstract
38 Toy vehicles
39 Carvings
40 Water
41 Books
42 Lights/fittings?
43 Landscape
44 Tools
45 Dragons/ fantasy
46 Shells
47 Boxes
48 Rust
49 Music
50 Pens
51 Red
52 Shopfronts

Week 2 of 365 Challenge. Vehicles and vehicle parts week

Vehicle week was fun.

Week 1 of 365 Challenge - Black and White week

This was my first week of my 365 challenge. I have a different theme each week. I'm hoping that this project will help me to really start enjoying creating images and thinking outside the box and maybe then I might pick up a paint brush again too.

Big Life Changes

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, 
move with it, and join the dance ~ Alan Watts

I can't believe how fast time has flown by since I last posted here in November 2013! Such a lot has happened in that time but I'm very glad it all has.
Shortly after my last blog post my husband was told that the company he had worked for, for the last 20 years was being sold. We were okay with that as it had been sold a couple of times before. However this time turned out to be different. Early in 2014 the company was sold to a group that only wanted the recipes and brands but not the buildings or the 120 odd people that worked there. My husband was okay with that at the time. He felt he was stuck in a rut and fancied a change of career. A couple of months down the road though it started to get difficult when Hubby still hadn't found work and we then decided to sell our house and move into the city as the commute from our small town was becoming too expensive. So we tided up our house and put some things in storage to make the house look more saleable and waited and house hunted. I was kind of excited, I'm a Gemini and love change, so the prospect of pastures new invigorated me. A few months later though the strain of keeping the house tidy for viewings and worrying about finding somewhere else to live for the 6 of us became very stressful. I couldn't focus on my art and I lost all enthusiasm for photography. I had a creative death. Nothing interested me and I just couldn't rekindle my creativity. So all posts stopped here. Thankfully Hubby had found work but he'd dropped a third of his pay in the process which made the new longer commute seem even more expensive. We needed to move and fast! As for house hunting, I hated it! The houses we liked sold before we could do anything and ours sat waiting for the right buyer. Looking back now I can see that I was depressed. I couldn't see a way forward at all but it worked out in the end. Our house finally sold and we moved on Halloween.
In the end we didn't buy in the city, we found a nice house in a bigger town with just a short drive to Hubby's new work. The house is old and needs updating but we've made a start and it's now feeling like home. The pic above is of my new work space in my dining room. The table we bought cheap and sanded it down and refinished it.

The corner desk was built by hubby and finished by me. I love it! I have loads of light but without direct sunlight shining on my workspace.

On the creative front, I bought a new camera, an Olympus OMD EM5 and I've started to come out of my creative slump. It has taken a while though. To further my recovery I've started a 365 photo project with a new theme each week. I'm in my 4th week and things are looking up.