March 22, 2011

Being Creative

Julia Crossland's fantastic project, Being Creative, has inspired me to hunt out my paintbrushes, (after they have collected dust for a mere 11 years languishing untouched in the kids' art cupboard!).

The results are embarrassingly ham-fisted, or shall we be very kind and say, 'niave'!

The theme for March is 'garden', which I used as an excuse to push the macro setting on my camera to its limits and get a few final pics of the hellebores before they start to look less than their best. These were the results, not as good as they would be with a DSLR, but fun to do. (If anyone can give me any advice on a decent beginner's DSLR, but with a great macro lens, I would be so grateful.)




And here are the daubs I attempted. Sheesh, the blushes.




What it made me remember is that it is very difficult to be good at something which you don't work at regularly and energetically, I painted so much better than this when I was a teenager and painting often. I hope next month, I can make some jewellery to fit the theme!

19 comments:

  1. When I track it down I'll send you the link, there is another blogger who makes jewellery, with a colleague, inspired by her linocuts. Then again, you probably know who I mean?

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  2. For being rusty you did wonderfully. I am an artist as well and make my own amateur attempts at making jewelry.

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  3. Thanks, Diana!

    Welcome to Wild Acre Jennifer, I look forward to discovering your blog.

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  4. They're very good for an 11 time out! And, your macro work is excellent. I'll looking for a new camera to try to go "more macro", 'cause I love what you do.

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  5. Tone down the blushes, both are beautiful. The photos and the painting.

    Is there anything you don't do well?

    xo Jane

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  6. You're great with these close-up shots, the one of your painting is very exciting! Love the idea of Being Creative, might have a go, in a new medium! Look forward to seeing the themed jewellery.

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  7. Great photographs and paintings - you are very talented Belinda so no more blushes please!! xx

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  8. Blimey missus. They are FAB. Please can you do some forget-me-nots next??? Ax

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  9. Oh, how I wish my hellebores looked like yours, I think I may have to plant them in a different part of the garden.
    Your painting is clearly the work of someone with very creative hands! Abby x

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  10. I really enjoyed your close up peeks into the depths of a hellebore ~ an intricate flower within a flower. Hope that you let your paintbrushes see the light regularly now that you have picked them up again :)

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  11. Wow, your painting and photos are stunning!

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  12. Dear Belinda.

    I think both your photographs and your painting are better than you think!
    You have grown the most perfect looking hellebore - I think, as of now, I am putting them in my top-ten favourite flowers (in my head) thanks to your photos.
    You are a very gifted lady :)

    Love Bella x

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  13. What the what??? This is not a digital SLR you're shooting with??? I was sure you had got your hands on one. Your photos are beautiful!

    But if you are in the market for a DSLR, I've been very happy with a Nikon D40. (I also love my old "real" 35mm SLR Nikon, but for the record have not been impressed by "point and shoot" Nikons). Annnnyways, I do not have a macro lens, but I am sure there are fine ones available.

    Happy hunting/shooting!

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  14. Your post is beautiful. Great photos! I'm glad I found your blog!

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  15. Thank you, kind people for your lovely encouragements, I just seem to have landed in the most generous corner of the blogosphere!

    Jaime, I am using a Canon IXUS 100IS - compact but for all that quite a powerful macro setting. Just itching to get a DSLR to really get that crispness and fade out background. Just short of the wonga to buy it!!

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  16. Nice work lady! Love your painting.I am a dabbler too and I think I may have plucked up the courage to post a couple of my efforts too! I love painting, it's so absorbing isn't it?

    My dear friend has a little shop in the village and since her health took a decline I have been running the shop for her. It's great fun, I love going to the trade fairs, planning window displays and all that jazz. It is cottage industry at it's best! We are not on-line as we are not organised enough tee hee! I keep threatening..... so I 'll keep you posted.

    Thanks so much for visiting Belinda,

    Sarah x

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  17. Beautiful images. I can't believe you're not shooting with a DSLR either. I have a Sony A300 which I've been reasonably pleased with as an entry level affordable DSLR.

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  18. Gorgeous pics and painting - beautiful colours. You paintings are certainly not naive to me! I just bought a Pentax K-r which I'm loving, and I have a 105mm macro lens on order. Good luck! Nic

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  19. Well, it's working beautifully for you! But if you ever do make the leap to DSLR- with your eye, flowers, and jewelry- I'm sure you'll make excellent use of it!

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