Starting again

it has been a difficult year being a full time carer and being unable to photograph or have time to make pictures, Now I am starting again. My pictures are coming out very dark,
rather depressing and bleak. Its not too worrying though as expressing myself is my purpose in my work.

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Photo Composite in the Style of H P Robinson

Was very inspired by a talk we had at Hoylake PS by Brian Law on “Pictorialism and the art of Photography”
The early photographer Henry Peach Robinson made composite photos by cutting out parts from different photos and pasting them on to another photograph which he then photographed. Hence the Photoshop terminology of Cutting and Pasting. I liked the idea of composite photos and mine was done using several different photos from a day with my family having a picnic. Of course, I used photoshop to cut and paste. I have done this before when making photomontage but this was a deliberate attempt to emulate Henry Peach Robinson and the colouring is also inspired by his Kallitypes.
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Antonio Russo Artist

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Antonio Russo, Artist, says on his website
I don’t really know if I have an artist’s statement or style, I don’t really see the need. I love painting to music and I never know what I’m doing until I look at a blank canvas, and at that point the colors, music and inspiration hit me, and it all starts to flow. Art speaks for itself, especially abstract expressionism, why should I complicate things by expounding on how or why I do what I do? I paint what I paint based on how I feel, and I try to paint from my heart. I do my best to present movement, emotion, energy, and visual excitement. I never shy away from bold colors. Color is life! Colors make people feel happy, and happiness is what life is all about. 

Have a look at his website here the vibrancy and emotion in his work is wonderful.

Ringing The Birds

March 27th/28th 2012. Nicola Edmonds is a registered bird ringer and she came to set up nets in my garden. At sunrise today a robin came in to the net followed by a black cap. Brilliant.
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Painting Flowers in the Garden

Bought a little Chinese paper sketch book and have been painting away in the garden when the sun was out.  One of our dahlias has been amazing with flowers that are 10 inches in diameter so that was one of my subjects. it is still hard to get going and I hope the course I start in a couple of weeks will give me the discipline to do more painting - and on big paper.