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One Four Challenge: February Week 4

One Four Challenge: February Week 4

One Four Challenge: February Week 4

Here’s my last edit for February’s One Four Challenge, hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me. I’m not going to give you a run down of the processes this week as it would be just a bit too much! I’ve used a combination of all the processes used in my first three edits and added the butterflies and flowers using the polygonal lasso tool in PS. My inspiration this week was drawn from a pen and ink design I created many years ago, using a self-portrait to create a playing card Queen of Hearts. My design had been based up a pen and ink drawing that my father had created, during his own college days, of a fairytale style playing card! I hope you’ve all enjoyed my tributes to past works and different mediums as much as I have. I’m still deciding on my image for March but it has been suggested to me that I tackle a landscape. What do you think?

If you would like to pick a favourite (it’s not obligatory!) please use this poll and/or leave me some feedback and suggestions for future One Four Challenges in the comments 🙂

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Travel Theme: Above

Travel Theme: Above

Ailsa’s theme this week was based around images that she’d taken above various subjects and landscapes. My own take on this challenge is of a subject that was above me! No it’s not a UFO, or Christmas lights. This is part of the lighting rig for Peter Gabriel‘s Back To Front tour, which Simon and I went to this week at Wembley Arena. I wasn’t an official photographer for this concert so all images were taken on my compact camera. I was very impressed by the staging and production design for the tour. The lighting was kept simple but produced in an innovative way, bringing an extra sense of theatre to a fantastic performance, with a great twist at the end!

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Laburnum Sculpture

Laburnum Sculpture

It’s been a glorious May Bank Holiday. Warm and sunny with some lovely local events taking place.

After watching a local Maypole Dance and village dog show we went to RHS Wisley Gardens to enjoy the weather and have a look at the work on display at The Contemporary Craft & Design Show.

I met a number of really interesting artists today but I’ve decided to showcase a piece of work by sculptor Michael McManus, who works with wood.

This piece is sculpted from laburnum, which is one of my favourite trees. As children we called the trees Golden Rain for their flower blooms, which fall in vibrant yellow cascades during Spring.

Michael is my kind of sculptor! He encourages viewers and customers to pick up and handle the pieces, to examine them from different angles, up close, feeling the grain and imperfections that make each piece uniquely perfect.

As ever, I will be putting together an album of all my favourite pieces, along with information about the artists, on my Facebook Page.