Monday Musings…

Easter Monday…….so the weekend is still on a roll, but that’s OK we are home this weekend and such a lovely relaxing weekend. Good Friday was spent with family, such a lovely day, both my girls and my Son in Law, my Parents dropped in for a visit and we have a debacle of a roast dinner………I can cook, but I think my oven in not working properly, 2.5 hours to cook a 1kg lamb roast? mmmmmm I see a problem happening here. Anyway we carried on, and feasted on Easter chocolate and alcohol πŸ™‚ Oh and then played Monopoly……….have you played the new version with credit card? Weird…oh and it was the Australian version as well……double weird. But loads of fun………I didn’t loose exactly but I came close πŸ™‚

Saturday………oh wow what can I say? Desley Jane and I had a wonderful day together, lunch and shopping at the Rose Street Artist market, I didn’t need to mortgage the house; but I did spend a little something $$. We then wandered the streets of Fitzroy, such a hipster paradise, fun people, cool characters and street art; so much happening everywhere you looked. We both did our Regular Random shoot, quite funny actually………be interesting to see each others pictures, as we shared the same subject!

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I think the highlight of our day (apart from spending time together) we went to the movies…..we had both desperately wanted Β to see Beauty and the Beast. OMG such a wonderful re-make…….good thing we had some vacant seats around us, I think we were both singing in spots and laughing…it WAS wonderful. But over all too soon. Eventually I had to make my way home, I had animals to feed and things to do, plus had not see Hubby all day.

Yesterday was spent in editing mode, plus trying to sort out my Photo catalogue; it is such a mess and so big…….I just have to do it. Food shopping, car washing (still had not been cleaned from our trip last week) and general household chores (I know…..so boring and mundane, but they never seem to do themselves!).

That leaves me with today……Easter Monday, no plans just relax………I think it will be that kind of day. We are off again on the weekend, so that will be wonderful, in the meantime, back to work tomorrow.

I hope you all had a pleasant and safe Easter and have a fantastic week…

~ Julz

 

 

Tuesday’s Textures…

Forgive me if I have shown these ones before, but I don’t think I have, this is something I did for the March Shift Art challenge; didn’t win anything……..but as I keep telling myself; I do it because it is fun and I enjoy it and it is a challenge; not to win

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Island Paradise

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Your Move

I love trying to teach myself a new technique while I am doing it……just to add to the fun.

~ Julz

In the Studio – Alice, Through the Looking Glass

β€œI know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Don’t you just love it, when everything falls into place; the stars are in alignment and Karma is your friend? I had a dream shoot recently, the skies were sunny and clear (although we were shooting in the studio, but I had to doors open most of the time to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.We had a new Make-up artist who did an amazing job; Micaela Hannan. My model for the day was Jess Ami, who has the most amazing large eyes and expressive face. Both arrived on time, no flat batteries, tyres or traffic hazards to hold things up. Make-up went smoothly and the shoot was a dream. I didn’t even have a drama with the cupcakes this time!

Alice, through the looking glass was the inspiration behind this shoot and I had been writing idea, after idea in my journal; I had all my ideas planned out and my props selected and set up. It was such a cruisy day, we took plenty of breaks and had lots of fun.

I then spent a fair bit of the next few days going through all the images. Some I wanted kept basic, bare bones or B&W, but a few I ran into Photoshop for a little bit of Magic……I mean honestly, what is Alice without a little magic?

I played around with some High Key and some more vintage stylings as well as a softer, fantasy/surreal stylings. To say I was happy with the images is a complete understatement.

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To be honest I am still going through the images, we had such a flurry of activity, I have not edited them all as yet.

We even had time to shoot some more images for my Tarot Series……….cue the Page of Wands, The Moon and The Empress please….but let’s leave those for another post?

Page of Wands

Page of Wands

I actually have another Alice shoot in the works, but more on the Mad Hatters Tea Party……….but that is another day and another post.

~ Julz

 

Tuesday’s Textures – The Gabriel Collaboration

The Gabriel Collaboration was started by an Nigerian Artist by the name Gabriel Olude; I know him through Awake. He had this idea to share 50 photos of his models, he calls his Muses with 50 other artists. We in turn share with him 20 images of our photos with him, we have our own private Facebook Group and share our creations. Many of us have offered our images to others within the group as well. So what’s the point of all this? Nothing really, but to create some wonderful art with images we may otherwise would not have access to.

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Mother Nature – Original Photo by Gabriel Olude

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Doorway – Original Photo by Gabriel Olude

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Gabriel’s Muse #1 – Original Photo by Gabriel Olude

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Roses – Original Photo by Gabriel Olude

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On Moonlit Wings – Original Photo by Anna Karina

I am still working my way through so many images, but it is fun…no time constraints, no clients, just pure creativity.

~ 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 πŸ™‚

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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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

In the studio – Working on the Tarot with Jess Ami

Back in the studio, working on my Tarot Series again, this time with gorgeous Jess Ami…..we’ve done the Cup and the Sword, this time I am working on my newly acquired wand…..well it’s more of a staff really. I have been searching around on random trips for the perfect piece of wood, Moth took it into his toolshed and created some of his magic…..honestly I should have taken a before photo, it looks amazing. and it has not even been touched by French Polish in these shots yet.

So we managed to get a few more images off; Page of Wands, Ace of Wands and The Moon and The Empress. Wow I can’t believe how fast I am getting through them. But with more travelling on the cards, it will be awhile before I get to do many more I think.

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Ace of Wands

Page of Wands

Page of Wands

The Empress

The Empress

The Moon

The Moon

So far, I am completely in love with this series, it’s been fun, interesting and very creative.

~ Julz

Kaizen Project – Project 7

The Kaizen Project worked on some very intense personal works last month, we each picked a cause or charity to work for, we each created a one or more pieces of art which we were going to donate to our chose charity for use as a fundraiser or images for website or brochures etc. Through Big Magic or Karma, Hayley entered my world and I was suddenly made aware of Domestic Violence……I knew it existed of course, but I was never faced with it, not did I know anyone who was a survivor….or so I thought. Though while I was correct in believing I knew nothing about it, I did actually find out many woman I knew through my art, came to art as a means of healing themselves after suffering domestic violence.

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Silence from Within

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Seeking Answers

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Quieting the storms from within

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Wishes

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Duplicity amongst Us

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Searching for other worlds

Even though these images were originally sparked from for artwork by the likes of Brooke Shaden and various others, they took on a new life and meaning of their own after talking with Hayley. I wanted to bring her stories to life, her hopes and dreams, feelings of renewal, frustrations and learning to be herself again. These were not long, deep and meaningful conversations……I am sure these will come in time, but snippets of her life. So here is Hayley’s story and it sparked an idea for a new and exciting adventure, time for me to give back, but more on this later.

Each month the Kaizen Project, made up of 500 dedicated artist worldwide, work collectively and individually on a set project, often this is for a good cause and our time and art are offered for free. Want to learn more about becoming a digital artist, learn amazing techniques, be part of a group of like minded people who support and inspire you every step of the way, and be inspired by a world class Mentor? Check out Photoshop Artistry, hands down the best online Photoshop Course out there…….oh and if you think you KNOW Photoshop? LOL I thought I did too, seriously this course has taught me so much, from there I then enrolled in AWAKE and I have never looked back, I have learnt from the course and from people I have met everything from image creation to photography, to staging, lighting and conceptual art.

~ Julz

Monday Musings…

Such a fabulous weekend, of late Indian Summer weather, celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with friends at the RSL (Returned Serviceman’s League), good food, good friends, great music and got to see a friend perform on stage with her Irish Dancing.

Saturday I had such an amazing day, working with a new Make-up Artist Micaela and the wonderful Jess Ami on a Alice in Wonderland/ Through the Looking Glass concept shoot.

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Still going through all the images, will run a separate post on this, you can catch some on my Facebook Page. Spent a quiet night watching TV with hubby, while the girls were both out, even had an early night. Spent Sunday editing and catching up on a few odd jobs around the house, even did a tidy up on the studio……..trust me it needed it. This week, is tying up a few loose ends before we start getting ready for our Outback Adventure; yes folks we are off again! This time it’s a convoy of photographers (I think there is about 30 of us), going out in the outback, Broken Hill, Silverton, Mungo and Swan Hill……several other places as well, days of deserts and gold mining towns, desolate buildings and farm land, the great Australian Outback, sunrise, sunsets and night time astro shooting…….should be a hoot, exhausting, but fun! So much to get organised and I have not really done anything!

I hopefully have another shoot on Saturday and then a big family get together on Sunday……..and then it is all back to Monday again.

I hope you all have a fabulous week and happy snapping…

~ Julz

Fabulous Fridays…

Ahhh, Fridays……so much to offer, a wonderful weekend ahead and the signal of another working week over (well for me anyway). I had two more images published yesterday in the Living the Photo Artistic Life magazine

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So that is always exciting, honestly every month it just gets more and more amazing, grab a cuppa and skim the pages, I promise you it is worth it.

Also announcing here that I hope to start up a new project very soon working with survivors of Domestic Violence, which after a prompt from my Kaizen Project group, we are to each pick a charity to work with; mine is called Safe Steps…….but more on that later. The next two images are very special and were created with the a wonderful young woman, her self a survivor.

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Seeking Answers

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Silence from Within

Both of the images, along with others I hope convey hope that these women and children (and yes men as well) can now see after the horrible, ugly and anxious periods of their life. I hope to bring a little bit of hope, fun and beauty to their world again, or perhaps for the first time…..sounds exciting, doesn’t it?

I hope you all have an amazing weekend, I know I have so much planned, but more on that Monday…….

~ Julz