Share Your World, 26th April, 2017

Wanting something to quench your thirst, what would you drink? Water, soft drink….it depends on how thirsty, how hot I am etc. My most go to drink is actually a coffee, but of late I will sometimes be found with a Pimms, Lemonade and Ginger Ale……I know, so old-fashioned aren’t I? Actually I was introduced to this drink in New Zealand a few years ago, as they did not have rum, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Complete this sentence:  Never In My Life Have I…. jumped out of an air plane, nor killed a person (Not planning on doing either anytime soon, but if I had to do them to safe my life or that of a loved one…..I might be capable.

If you could be given any gift what would it be? Time off for being creative and the joy it brings me, time to just BE. I don’t get much down time, nor just ME time, and I do enjoy it.

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something productive? I frequently toss and turn, especially if it’s cold out and the bed is snug and warm. When it is real bad I get up and try to do something productive, but relaxing, like create art, or scroll through post, web pages etc looking for inspiration. Sometimes I jot things down in my journal that are floating around my brain…..it gets them out so I can sleep better.

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

On Friday I went on annual leave (again) and on Saturday Hubby and I drove up the coast and spent a few wonderful days exploring at part of the coast we have not been to before. We saw a glorious sunrise and sunset, and 3 days of great weather, the fourth day was horrible so we left in the morning instead of the afternoon to come home.

I am still on holidays and just catching up on stuff around here, but later in the week I am getting together with friends from my Awake Artistry course from Australia and New Zealand for 4 days of fun, exploration and photography. It will be so nice to meet so many people face to face. Some I know through WP as well. It should be a great time.

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Sunset over Warratah Bay – available to purchase as canvas, metal or acrylic

I have just put this image up for sale on my website, first of the art from our recent Inverloch trip. This is Warratah Bay a favourite spot from out trip.

Don’t forget to visit Cee’s page for all the details and everyone else’s blog. Til next time, happy snapping…

~ Julz

Monday’s Musings…

I am writing this from our hotel in Inverloch, grabbing a quick rest after a very long day. We were up at 5am to shoot sunrise back at Warratah Bay….paradise. We acually visited this spot 3 times in 4 days.

We have been visting this little stretch of coastline for three days and still two days to go. I hope the weather holds out. 

I am exhausted and sore, so many stairs, everywhere we go. Steep slopes and stairs 😣 my legs are so sore. But what an amazing area. Will post more soon. 

Until next time…happy snapping

-Julz

An afternoon in Fitzroy…

I recently spent a lovely afternoon in Fitzroy with Desley, we had lunch in a lovely little cafe and spent such a wonderful time catching up, good coffee and a fabulous lunch.

Fitzroy is an older part of Melbourne, in the inner city, and it is seeing a resurgence of artistic and creative types. There is street art (and tagging) everywhere, lots of hip bo-ho type, cool people wandering the streets and loads of cafes and clubs. There is the Rose Street Artists Market….such a wonderful place. Sorry no photos I was too busy looking and buying.

We wandered the streets shooting what ever took our fancy and we also shot out Regular Random segment here as well

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It really was such a lovely Autumn afternoon, which we topped off with another coffee and then hit the Movies for a fantastic few hours watching Beauty and the Beast! I can highly recommend it, if you have not already seen it……….‘Be our guest’

~ Julz

 

 

Share Your World – 18th April, 2017

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pencil or pen? I am not really phased by one of the other, if I am scribbling notes I’ll happily use a pencil, but if I am writing to someone, which I rarely do, I always use a pen. I handwrite my Christmas cards in pen, but I am sending less and less, preferring to send e-Cards.

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer? Singer! Although I do like to move to the rhythm as well. But I love to sing, I have said it before; in the shower, especially in the car……..shame I am not very good 🙂

If you were on a debate team, what subject would you relish debating? Why smacking your kids is a GOOD thing. Seriously don’t get me started on the half wits around now-a-days……no fear of chastisement, as they know there is nothing anyone can do. Back in my day (GOD I sound like my GrandMother!) a good smack would whip us into line and we had respect for the person handing out that smack, or in my case, belt. Honestly the world is going down a craphole and most of it could be solved if people punished their children. No I’m not talking about physical abuse, just a simple smack on the bum!

What are you a “natural” at doing? Being creative, photography took a bit to learn, and I am still learning, but it seems I am quite good at that…but it’s the art; the creative, imaginative art that sets my imagination and soul on fire. I have always had an active imagination, now I can play it out on the screen. I used to paint and I was OK, I could never seem to create what was in my minds’ eye when I painted, but digitally I can create almost anything. It’s wonderful, I wish I had discovered it years ago, but then digital art was not what it is today, is it?

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Sunrise of the Murray River, Mildura

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

So much in my life is wonderful right now, I just had a fantastic Outback Adventure, a lovely quiet Easter weekend with family and friends and now on Saturday Moth and I are off on another adventure……..this time we are hitting more of Victoria’s amazing coastline. We are picking up where we left off from the Great Ocean Road Trip and heading East; more Light houses and fabulous coastal vistas. Can’t wait, hopefully I can get some more amazing photography like last week.

On a more boring note, I have finally caught up with two years of taxation stuff and I think I have finally sorted out most of my Photography Catalogue in Lightroom……such a headache, but both of them now seem to be under control……..whew! Now THAT’s a relief.

I hope you are have a fantastic week…don’t forget to visit Cee’s SYW Page

~ Julz

Share Your World – 11th April, 2017

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story. I just completed a long distance drive through Outback Australia on dirt roads, does that count? Apart from that….are you crazy? have you MET me or READ my posts? NO! I’m with Emilio, I can sleep for long stretches, or even create for long stretches but that’s about it. Oh wait when I was young and dumb (maybe 19) we did a long distance bike ride from Castlemaine to Melbourne………….never, ever again. It nearly killed me!

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Name one thing not many people know about you. This is a tough one….I am pretty much an open book. I used to paint, I did a lot of Folk Art, I used to teach and run a studio. So I guess being creative has always been in my blood. I also used to own horses, I used to compete in Gymkhanas and do barrel racing, but mostly just rode for fun.

My last Horse Buster, I was about 16 – 17 when I took this

What is your favorite flower? I do love so many; Roses, especially Peonies. Lotus Blossom, Gerbera, Dahlia.

Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc) I don’t really need or want much, my house is great, even if the bedrooms could be a bit bigger. I guess a King Size bed and a room big enough to put in it! With the animals taking up a good sized portion of the bed a bigger bed would be nice.

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

Easy, last week was an amazing week spent travelling the Australian Outback with my Hubby and a group of friends. Lots of amazing scenery, lots of photos and good fun.

The week coming up……just as easy. Tonight my Son in Law flies in for a week. We have not seen him since Christmas and I know my daughter is looking forward to seeing her Hubby as well. Pretty soon she will be moving back in with him, but in another state, a long way from us 😦  It is also Easter this weekend, so that means a long weekend! Oh and chocolate, did I mention chocolate? lol. Actually Easter Friday is a special day for us, as it is one of the rare days that no one in the family is working, so we all spend it together. THAT is something to look forward to.

Join us and Share Your World, visit Cee’s page for more info. Til next time happy snappy.

~ Julz

Share Your World – 28th March, 2017

Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you named after another family member)? Ann…..my middle name is Ann (No E), I don’t think there was ever any real significance, just seemed to go with Julie. There were a LOT of JulieAnn’s around when I was a kid.

Music or silence while working? It always used to be music, but after a houseful of kids and animals and Xbox games, their loud music and the never ending TVs on in our house, these days it is quiet. If there is no one home I turn everything OFF. I like to sit outside in the quiet with a cuppa and my journal and think. Sometimes I have music on when I am creating, but honestly, once I am in the zone the music can stop and I don’t even notice.

If you had a special place for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronics, people or animals), what would they be? Well you pretty much ruled everything else out. My Journal, sits beside me on the desk or in my bag. My wedding, engagement and eternity rings sit on my fingers, I have a jewellry box for other treasures (Nan’s engagement ring) my most special possessions apart from those are my family (furry and non), my camera gear and my PC.

The Never List: What are things you know you never will do? This is kind of hard……sounds silly, but things I thought I would never, ever do – I have now actually done! Never, ever thought you would get me in a Helicopter; done it. Stood in front of a window in a high rise building/lookout – done it (albeit my back was to the window). So most things I would have said never ever…….are doubtful, but not impossible.

In saying that, I don’t think I could ever hurt, maim or kill someone. I would never drive drunk. I don’t think I could live somewhere really, really cold (I’m talking below 10C).

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I am still on a creative high from the Alice shoot I did the week before, that is one shoot, that just keeps on giving. I am also grateful for the art I do, the friends I have made, the things I have learnt and places travelled. This weekend, we are off on another adventure, into the Australian Outback. We are going to places Moth and I have never been, or to places I have not been in so long, I can no longer recall them. Ten days of dust, flies, mosquitoes, kangaroos and and never ending open road. Can’t wait!

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Alice, down the rabbit hole

Well that is it from me, due to be away, I may not post next week, but I wish you all happy snapping and safe travels…

~ Julz

Monday’s Musings…

I can’t believe in just a few days we will be on another adventure, our first of many this month; we head off into the Australian Outback, stopping at many iconic places along the way. The town names may not mean anything to most of you, but these places have appeared in many movies; Mad Max, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Red Dog, Wolf Creek and so many more. Red Dust, blue skies, flies, mozzies (Mosquitoes) and the open road; flat open land as far as the eye can see, so flat in sport you can see the curvature of the horizon. I don’t even know if I will be able to post, so I may be a bit quiet. I will schedule a few bits and pieces.

But for now I need to pack and get things organised and wait. I spent this weekend doing mostly boring household chores, but I did manage to get a few videos done for the YouTube channel……..check it outYouTube channel……..check it out, I’ll wait 🙂

I also got to play in the studio for a little bit, I feel like I have not done any still life in so long…..almost feel I am loosing my Mojo a bit. But I feel a real sense of being ALIVE when I shoot my conceptual portraits……I am adoring the latest Alice Series……still working on it and each piece, just gets better and better.

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JuliePowell_Alice in the clouds

Sunday we had a big BBQ with hubby side of the family……enjoyable but still exhausting. Honestly there is nothing as exhausting as sitting around, eating, drinking and talking….why is that?

Well that’s about it from me, nothing much to really report, just counting down…happy snapping.

~ Julz

Share Your World 21st March, 2017

Each week Cee asks us a set of questions for which we can share a little bit more about our world.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? In my head I am no different to when I was 20 or 30 something. OK possibly smarter, calmer and a lot wiser, I also have more experience, more self confidence. It’s funny ages is just a number, the reality of that number is very weird. 50 is sneaking up on me this year, 50! I mean that was so old when I was 20……but I don’t FEEL old on the inside. The Outside, well that’s another matter, I look in the mirror and I just don’t know who that fat old lady is staring back at me.Not to mention the failing body parts – back, knees, hips…….now my shoulder is acting up as well! Oh dear…..time for me to shut up now 🙂

So, you’re on your way out and it’s raining. Do you know where your umbrella is or do you frantically search for it all over your apartment/house? Actually I have no idea where my umbrella is, don’t really care. I think there is one in the car. I have my raincoat or I just get a little wet……..I’m not a witch I wont melt!

Do you recharge your energy by going out with friends for a good time or by spending with quiet time alone? I recharge best alone, or at least alone with hubby (if that makes sense?) I seldom get 100% alone time, and often when I do I can’t figure out what to do with myself – silly isnt it. I had a few hours last month, so I sat down and watched a movie. Long drives, sitting by the beach, watching waves. Or sitting on the back deck with a cuppa watching the animals and wildlife play. Creating art on the PC………I can and often do, lose myself for hours.

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Name three things you and your spouse, partner or best friend  to have in common. Exploring, photography, sci-fiction TV show like Dr. Who, Star Trek, StarGate or some crime shows NCIS, Bones.

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Betty Boo parked waiting for us on the side of a deserted highway

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I had the most amazing shoot on the weekend, trialled and was thrilled with a new MUA. Everything was perfect, the weather, no holds ups, creativity flowed and we had a lot of fun.I hopefully have another fun shoot on Saturday, then a family catch up on Sunday, which I am sure will be all about the upcoming nuptials and family trip to Bali (we are only spending 3 days with family over there…..I am sure that is plenty). A Neice is getting married in Bali in October and we will be spending a few weeks there. Then a few more days of work and we are off on our Outback Adventure.

~ Julz

Regular Random – My Journal

This week for Regular Random, Desley posted the most gorgeous pics of some of her stationery, she openly admits to being obsessed, love her to bits, but I can’t say I share this particular obsession; however it did spark my 5 minutes of randomness this week. I don’t care what pen I use and I often have scrap bits of paper stuffed into my journal, but my journal is my creative life line, my obsession if you will. I carry it pretty much everywhere I go.Every time I get an idea it goes in there, see a cool idea, learn a new technique, I write it down. Oh, and this isn’t the only one, since I started this journey 2+ years ago, I have filled several of this journals and I randomly go back to them from time to time.

And yes……..technically I did cheat a touch by opening the journal, but hey how else do you get to see inside. Looking at these images it appears that I may not have a stationery fetish……..but a Post-Iit fetish……….never really noticed before, but I have A LOT of spots marked, lol. And yes I must admit this was another rushed job, I had planned to do something more exciting…but I’ll leave that for another day.

~ Julz