The romance of roses…is it dead?

red roses

As you know, I love roses. I love them even when they are dying, like these ones. There is something beautiful, yet slightly macabre about gorgeous red roses in their final stages of bloom.

Maybe it’s a cliché but roses really are like a metaphor for love in real life….first, the precious rose-bud like the thrill of new romantic love, then there is the full blown blooming gorgeousness of long-life-together-kind-of-love represented by roses in full bloom. Then, finally the graceful and bitter-sweet love found in appreciating something and thinking it beautiful through its final stages of life, while decaying and dying…somehow fragile yet still achingly beautiful. I am sure a poet wrote about it….


In my mother’s garden…a tribute.

I found these in my mother’s garden…so pretty at such a sad time.

There has been a loss in our extended family. And amongst these flowers in my mother’s garden.. we gathered as family and friends at a candle lit table at dusk… to reflect, to laugh together, to share a meal, reminisce and comfort each other at the passing of a dear friend, a family member and a lovely lady now gone.

mothers garden 4 mothers graden 3 garden flowers 1 garden flowers 2


The end of summer?

end of summer

The last of the summer days…it feels like it. Yet it is only mid February. Surely we have another month or so of glorious weather to go still? I hope so….But this image of my daughter made me feel like summer was ending soon….the longer sleeves, greyer sky, only keen surfers out in the water. My daughter still however, black footed and sandy handed from exploring the beach.


The eye has it.

closed eye

Portraiture. Something I profess to love. Yet most of my work (that I share) is of landscapes and objects. Yet, people remain my favourite thing to photograph and I got all inspired today looking at fashion magazines and I started thinking about glamour and beauty in photography. As I sadly did not have a glamour model on hand to photograph, I selected a one page advertisement of an unnamed model in a glossy magazine and photographed it. Then I cropped it significantly, turned it to simple black and white image, then I thought I would focus on one just perfect detail. And what better object than the the “window to the soul” – the eye? I cropped it further down to focus on one eye and then started playing with it and the blue eye shadow.

I am not fan of blue eye shadow for myself, but in this case the iridescent blue is captivating against the pale white skin.

It’s different. I like it.  Something different. Inspiration found in an advertisement.

 


The romance of flowers

bouquet

Roses, berries, leaves, trailing things – my most favourite bouquet of flowers – a bit wild, very romantic and quite “messy”…..  perfect in my eyes! This bouquet was beautifully crafted just for me…how lucky I was!

It was so pretty, romantic and gorgeous that I just had to share it with you. Sadly all I have left are three dried roses and some photographs now.


Glass Bay’s secret treasures…

wrought iron

There is a bay, not far from here. If you like, you could say it is the site of an old dump. If you prefer, you could call it Glass Bay, known locally for its beach covered with sea glass, the beautiful result of bottles crushed and smoothed by rocks and ocean waves then covering the sand in a shiny and tiny glass and pebble mix underfoot.

There, I found this. Amongst the debris, junk, ruins and discarded waste of yesteryear that is now now falling down the cliff into the sea…it was too big and heavy for me to carry back up the steep rocky beach cliff, so I had to make do with admiring its design. There was something sentimental and romantic about its rusted and washed up presence on the beach…I just loved it.

PS… If you are reading this I will take it as a good sign that you can still find my blog…I have had to convert back to my word-press domain and address for this blog. I am building my website using my www.blackboxartstudio.com  address for that forum……..Hopefully you will hang in there while I get everything connected, and running properly….please have patience with me.


I’m back!

I know it’s mid february and its been a while since you heard from me…Forgive me for an absence, I needed a break to regroup, focus, and re-energise as I felt I was in a bit of a rut creatively speaking! (I also got married and the princess started school – so it’s been a time of lots of change for me). You will see a few little tweaks on this blogsite – a fresh new banner image for 2015. Let me know what you think.

The Black Box Art Studio facebook site is also back up after a break…please join us there for more informal news and updates and sharing of information/ideas/thoughts….It’s agreat forum for sharing comments and suggestions. You can find it on the right side of the blog page.

I am also busy working on a website which will be operational soon as well. So, it’s very exciting times and I thank you for hanging in there with me…Without your support, Black Box Art Studio (Blog, Face Book and website) would not be here and I would not be as motivated by you all to be creative and inspired.

Urban wall

So, I am back with some new images, plans and inspiration. Here is a photo of the back of a building I saw recently. I have been spending lots of time in different cities recently. I loved how someone had, for an unknown reason, painted one huge corner portion of the building in a bright yellow. it contrasted so well with the gritty brick and industrial window and graffiti.


It’s all about November, in December…

peony

November isn’t many people’s favourite month, but something special happens in November that doesn’t happen any other time…the peonies are out! probably my favourite flower (beside roses), they are very over the top frilly, pink, full of petals, luscious blooms of heavenly pink gorgeousness….what is not to love!

I spotted these (in November of course) and had to bring them home. Now, in December I have finally recycled them back into the soil, and all I have left is some photo’s until next November…

Time has flown, hasn’t it? I cannot believe I haven’t posted a blog for several weeks…life has been full, crazy busy…a mad time of the year…I hope you are enjoying the craziness that seems to be December. Best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and best wishes for very happy and safe holidays, wherever you are….


Beyond the wooden gate…

farm scene at Hollard

I came upon this postcard scene while walking in a regional garden. The mountain foothills in the distance offering a glimpse of something special if you were to walk up to the gate and look further to your left….the teasing hint of a stunning mountain view. Yet I like the vista before me, just as it is with the trees, pasture and the wooden gate…full of promise but beautiful in its own way.


Flowers on the brain…

blue flower I am having a very flower focused period at present. I am not sure why but I am finding inspiration in flowers everywhere I look. I spotted this unusual little blue number today in my first ever garden tour. Very odd to find a blue and pink flower and such a weird shape – sort of like it came from outer space.

Anyway, it was different, delicate and demanding of attention.


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