I’ve been playing about again with applying free online filters to some of my images – this beautiful bright colourful effect is from lunapic and is called ‘flowers’, so it seemed appropriate to give it a try!
This afternoon I decided to have some fun with flowers and play about a bit with a few of my images, getting creative with deliberate camera shake and motion blur – I really like some of the results, they can look quite artistic and are certainly a little different to the standard sharp shots I prefer to take 🙂
Yesterday Ritu at But I Smile Anyway posted a re-worked song which she not only provided new lyrics for but actually recorded and sang herself – so I thought I might have a go at writing new lyrics for something, too. I had initally thought of ‘My Sharona’ by the Knack but a quick search online shows me someone has beaten me to it, so sadly no-go with that one.
But I know lots of people have been playing Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’ together-while-apart so I thought with a little bit of artistic licence I might be able to write some new lyrics to that, suitable for our current situation. To be honest no amount of pep-talk could convince me to record it myself, but its a well-known tune most people will know…
So here we are… my take on a bit of 19th Century Beethoven adapted for our 21st Century Covid-19 crisis… It helps if you sing it out loud and with passion, rather than just read it… enjoy! 🙂
Covid-19, world pandemic
Virus of corona strain
Mass infection, death toll rising
When will life feel safe again?
Watch as arrogant denials
Let real symptoms spread unchecked
Keep it hidden, not forever
Truth will out to bad effect
Watch for new dry cough and fever
Wash our hands religiously
Shop with prudence and compassion
Act as one community
‘Stay at home’ our national chorus
Social distancing in place
Life in lockdown, isolation
Humbling of the human race
Learn the lesson nature brings us
Treat our planet with respect
Halt our years of selfish damage
Generations of neglect
Let the world heal unpolluted
Let us all draw precious breath
Let the joy of inspiration
Save us from the brink of death
Sometimes I can’t decide whether to colour in using coloured pencils or gel pens, so I’ll combine both in the same design. I like the creative way the flat vibrancy of the gel pens complements the softer, more subtle shading tones of the coloured pencils 🙂
I’ve always been a daydreamer, mind dawdling along some long and winding path with my head in the clouds instead of focusing straight ahead with eyes-on-the-prize. My precious creativity comes from that wonderful wandering place of childlike curiosity, imperceptibly imaginative in its productive playfulness.
It’s one of the ways I know when I’m becoming depressed; I start to lose my idling internal vision, no more lingering within my mind’s eye, no more beautiful blending of chaotic colours as I paint my wistful world of hopes and dreams. Just darkening grey closed-in-ness as my inner light fades and lies dormant for a while.
So I just sit tight and wait it out, hibernate and hide for the duration, until the wonderful day dawns when I can find my wandering way again… 🙂
Emotional Oblivion… If only I could capture how it feels Describe destructive passions as they rise Record their tightening grip with strength so real Write down in words my silent, strangled cries. Such visceral sensations surge and fall Emotion sickness, writhing hard and fast Internally I cannot think at all So overwhelmed by feelings, urgent, vast… But then the raging storm inside runs still And empty spirit, hollowed out, bereft Of every sense and feeling, waits until A germ of hope can heal whatever’s left. For now with heavy heart and soulless sigh Emotional oblivion creeps by…
This is my Thursday Doors post on a Friday, and yeah I know it’s a gate not a door, but I just love it! The garden in question backs onto the riverbank path, and the gate is made up of almost three dimensional shaped metal waves in silver and blue and sea-green all layered up together, and it looks like it’s double-sided too – how creative! 🙂
No not watercolour paintings, but the true colours of actual fast-moving river water captured in long exposure shots flowing under a bridge. Hand-held, because I didn’t have my mini tripod with me, but I’m happy enough with the way they turned out 🙂
I first learned to crochet as a child, ill a lot and looking for something interesting to do while I was waiting to get better. And oh, there seemed to be such a lot of waiting. My mum and my Grandmother both knitted a lot, but for me two needles and multiple stitches to drop created far more frustration than fun, and instead I found wielding a single crochet hook (thankfully only ever holding one stitch at a time) gave me the practical creative outlet I needed. It used up all their leftover yarn, too, so it was a win-win all round for all of us.
So fast forward several decades and I find there’s still nothing better for me as a winter warmer than sitting on the sofa with a growing blanket hanging off a hook, all draped cosily over my lap. As a result I always have several crochet blankets kicking around the house, all multicoloured, all slightly different, and all made by me over the years. Some are bigger, some are smaller, some are rectangular, some are square, but all are exceedingly simple in design. Nothing fancy, just warm and practical blankets we use all the time.
But sometimes I wonder if I could maybe try to make something else other than blankets, experiment with new pretty (usually meaning fiddly for me) stitches more, try following more complicated multiple row patterns that build up slowly, or maybe even try creating some delicate crochet lace? The older I get, the more I’m finally learning to have some patience with things that take time, so maybe now is the right time for me to explore developing my crochet skills further… Hmmm… 🙂