Share Your World – 25th July 2017

Another week another set of questions, check out Cee’s page for more info

List some of your favorites types of teas. I normally drink coffee, but if I am drinking tea, just good old fashioned black tea (well that’s what we call it in Australia), Earl Grey is nice as is English Breakfast, with lemon or a splash of milk.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be? Giveway! maybe it is called Yield in other parts of the world. Just leave me be and let me do my own thing. If I need help I will most likely ask for it,

What are a couple of things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you? See above 🙂 Seriously people if I am having a really bad day, perhaps quietly sit there and hand me coffee and chocolate, but apart from that just stay out of my way. Mmmm I sound so anti-social. Occasionally I do enjoy a good rant, so if you are a good listener, slide over and ask me how my day has been. If you live through the death stare and I decide you may be good for a rant, hang on 🙂

Regardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would you do? Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed. I am not really into sport, I used to play netball and do Tae Kwon-Do, but I have no real wish to be any of those. I used to have horses as a teenager … perhaps it would be nice to be on horse back again … but just for fun. I love my photography and art too much to indulge in sports.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Last week I got to work with a lovely new model and a new hair and makeup lady as well and we worked on my The Secret Garden shoot. It has a weird Soft Goth, almost 70’s Sex Pistols vibe to it, cool and creepy.

 

Tea Time

Tea Time, from The Secret Garden series with Jayde Helena

This week; my Hubby goes in for knee surgery tomorrow, so hopefully, after a few days he will be back on the road to recovery and we can get back out exploring again.

Of course the BIG ticket item this week is the first ever Studio Workshop for the Pixel Sisters Studio with Desley…….our Floral Fantasy Still Life and Macro. So excited, I cannot wait to get this done. I will try to remember to take behind the scenes photos.

So, that is my week, I hope you have a good one…

~ Julz

 

 

Tuesday’s Textures – Tarot Series update

I am sure you are all now familiar with my Tarot series and it is moving along at quite a pace, most of the Major Arcana is now done (still a few tricky ones to do), and I have the Ace, Page, Queen, and King of quite a few of the Minor Arcana. Today I can reveal two more;

King of Wands

The King of Wands

Friendly, Countryman, generally married, honest and conscientious, honest, and may mean news concerning an unexpected heritage. 

Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands

Signifies A Dark Woman, a Countrywoman, friendly, chaste, loving, honorable.

I kind of like how the face each other when put side by side.

~ Julz

Regular Random – The Studio

I had such a busy weekend, I stood brooding as I was setting the Studio for a shoot, I’ll have to find five minutes for Regular Random, and then the thought struck me, my hero shot does not have to be one thing…I have the stage set for a whole studio shoot.

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So after I set up the first shoot and while testing the lights, I spent five minutes taking shots of the smaller parts that make up the set, grabbing all the details that will probably be lost once the model is in place. This is a mix of fake, dried and fresh flowers…..not to mention all the bits and bobs I have.

Oh and the shoot? Well, you will have to stay tuned for that, but here is a sneak peek.

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Jayde Helena, from ‘The Secret Garden’

Funny thing is in this image you cannot even see any of the setup……I’m kind of fickle like that when I am shooting!

So the rules:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • have fun!
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to this post

Don’t forget to check out what Desley and everyone else is up to.

~ Julz

Manic Mondays…

Such a busy and tiring weekend, but so much fun. Spent all day with a new Model and Makeup Artist, for my new The Secret Garden Shoot, five hours for hair and makeup, and no, none of the hair, makeup or body paint is photoshopped! Seriously cool and creepy, but more on that soon…here’s a sneak peek

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Then on Sunday, I had another private Workshop in the home studio, Workshop #4 for home this year, Dark and Moody Fruit was the theme of the day; so popular this year.DSC_3274

With so much happening, I still need to edit all of these. Moth is having surgery on Wednesday for his knee so I will be playing nurse maid 🙂

On Saturday the Pixel Sisters have our very first big studio workshop, so exciting I can’t believe it is only a few days away! Sunday is a planning day; with costumes, hair, and makeup for the big Concept Shoot happening the following weekend. Lots happening.

I’m back at work for just two days this week, but so much to do………I hope you all have an amazing week. Sorry about the short post, I will make it up. 🙂

~ Julz

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual

This week we are asked to post an unusual photo, something unusual to us or a technique, this is a hard call when my of my art is pretty unusual. But I do suppose this one from last Summer was one out of the box

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I did this awesome Milk Bath Shoot with Rachelle James. We got a kiddie pool and laid a black sheet over it and then filled it with water and added almond milk. I then scattered these pretty carnations in. One of the problems I faced with this shot was getting in close enough with my then current tripod…..in the end, I donned a pair of shorts (also unusual for me) and got in too, it was the only way to get the shots I wanted, of course, Rachelle thought it was all hilarious. Fortunately, it was only me that got wet, camera all high and dry. The studio, on the other hand, got quite wet and trying to empty the pool……………well that’s a whole other story in itself!

I have also entered this shot in a recent competition, it would be wonderful if you could go and give me your vote!!! Hint Hint……….would be lovely

http://fineartactions.com/contest

~ Julz

 

Shift Art Update…

Just in I won First Runner Up in this month’s Shift Art challenge, very exciting, especially considering the piece that won…..awesome. Check them out here.

 

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Secrets of Last Summer

Shift Art is very challenging, as you are not working with your own images, for me, I find that extremely challenging. Each month I try to work my magic on a hodge podge group of images given to us to work with…….hence the challenge, I can only work with images give to us for the month and frequently many of the images use the same elements. The trick, I guess is creating something unique and wholly your own.

Anyway off to pick out my prize a texture pack from the wonderfully talented Caroline Julia More 🙂

~ Julz

 

In the Studio, with Hayley

After a forced leave of absence due to injury, Hayley was back in the studio last week for the first time, and we were very excited to be back working on our Monochopsis Project; So many wonderful metaphors, quotes, and ideas still to work with;

A Single Candle

A Single Candle

“Look how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness” – Anne Frank

The Stars Make Me Dream

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“Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight,. I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight.”  – The Dorling Kindersley Book of Nursery Rhymes

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star. How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high. Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle little star.” – Mozart

Vincent’s Stars

Vincents Star

“Starry, Starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the
Darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land.”
~ Don McLean

The Book of Life

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“The world keeps spinning, and the tales keep turning, and people come and people go, but they’re never forgotten. And the one truth we know, it held true one more time… That love, true love, the really, really good kind of love never dies.” – La Muerte (from the movie The Book if Life)

 A Light in the Dark

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” ― Roy T. Bennett

The images are dark and moody and oft times the message is too, but my wish is that there is some joy and hope to be found in these pieces also.

~ Julz, xox

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Hallways

I have apparently gotten myself all confused and jumped the gun on this challenge, I’m too early! Cee is probably thinking oh No not this again lol, apologies, but as it has been seen and commented on I will leave it for now

…….This week’s theme from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Hallways……I have a few!

And for those who picked it, it is a cardboard cut out hanging, not a real person or even a mannequin, it was in an old Gaol in Melbourne. For those who missed it….go on, go back for another look 😛

~ Julz

Share Your World – 18th July, 2017

What is your favorite cheese? Being lactose intolerant, cheese is NOT my friend! However, there have been major improvements in the taste of Lactose-free cheeses. They actually taste better than the packaging these days. I can tolerate a little hard cheese, parmesan for instance. And if I am feeling particularly naughty I love some Edam or Gouda……..just a little.

Are you left or right handed? Right handed, although there is quite a bit I do with my left hand. I believe that spending so much time on a PC and typing has taught my brain that my left hand is actually quite useful and I should use it more often. I still don’t use it for fine motor skills; writing, drawing and such, but holding a cup of coffee, texting and scrolling through my phone.

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either? LOL my mind, my body is so crippled these days. I know I should get fitter and lose weight, but it is painful. I save my energy for trips with my camera and worry about the pain afterward 🙂

Complete this sentence: Hot days are …much better than what we currently have here in Melbourne. In Australia, we have Winter, OK so not like below freezing with snow kind of cold, but I doubt I would cope well with that. Give me warm tropical breezes any day. Mind you once it gets over 36° – 38°C (approx 100°F) hot is just hot and not much good for anything apart from swimming.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

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My new PC, finally after such a long wait it is finally here. I have had to ‘make do’ with what I had or could afford before and it was driving me crazy. This time no settling, I would be overpowered and over capacity for my needs. It’s wonderful and quick and the bonus is it even has a good sound card, so my music sounds better too! I am still putting it through its paces, but so far I am very happy with it.

I have also been finishing off some images I shot with Hayley the other week for our Monachopsis Series, something a little more hopeful and cheerful this time.

 

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The Stars Make Me Dream

 

Next week, I have a little project I am working on with a new Hair and Makeup Artist, and she is bringing a model I have not worked with before too, so hopefully, it will be a fun day too. I have been busy doing some behind the scenes prep work on that one.

I hope you have a fantastic week…

~ Julz