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

Regular Random – Antique Keys

Last week’s Fob Watch post sparked the idea for this week’s post with the same set up and different subject; a set of replica antique keys. As it turns out there really isn’t a whole lot to photograph with a set of keys, so I got all artsy and out of focus, over exposed etc.

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I think next week I need to go find some flowers 🙂

Don’t forget to visit Desley Jane’s page for all the details of Regular Random.  Til then, happy snapping…

~ 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

Gramblr & IFTTT App Reviews

I feel I have fallen behind with a few things lately and have been looking at ways to help me out, one is to make Social Media a little less crazy, how does one keep up with it all? Posting to Instagram, Facebook, 500px, Flickr, Twitter, Guru……it’s all exhausting, but there is help, there is a better way….

I have not reviewed an App in quite a while, I did some software a little while ago, but that has been about it…I don’t get paid for these reviews (I Wish), but am only passing them on for I feel they are a value add…IFTTT is definitely one, so is Gramblr. 

IFTTT

So what is IFTTT? It stands for If This then That and it has become a sanity saver. Check the link to see exactly how it all works but basically you hop on your computer and program you applets to do things for you……..still lost?

Example

I post an image on Instagram and tag it #Digitalart, I then have applets in IFTTT that go to work, they see that Hashtag and immediately post to my Pinterest Digital Art board, my 500PX and Flickr Digital Art Albums, my Facebook page, Twitter account, I could take it further and make it run a blog post as well, but I prefer to write those myself.

If I hashtag #StillLife IFTTT then posts to Still Life albums on Pinterest, Facebook, 500PX, Flicker, FB, Twitter and so on. I don’t even have to check them or bounce around from one social media to another. And you can add so much more.

And there are applets pre made for just about anything you can think of too, got Alexa? You can program it to make Alexa turn on the AC, the oven the kettle when you leave work. You can program your phone to switch between wi-fi or silent mode when are work or sleeping, stock reports, so much ‘stuff’………..I just stick to the social media organising things for me, perhaps I will branch out to other stuff one day.

Suit your needs

There are 100s of applets premade, but trust me it is fairly easy to create your own too. I ended up creating them for specific Hashtags and I run mostly from my Instagram.

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I also use a new Instagram Tool from my PC too called Gramblr

Gramblr is a desktop application that allows you to upload pictures or videos on Instagram. It features a similar upload wizard – so that you don’t need a smartphone!

OK I must admit I found it a bit tricky to set up, but it has been very good. It does not remember Hashtags like Instagram, it also does not let you access @names for tagging, but I find it a lot easier to type #hashtags or even copy and paste from a list on the PC than the phone.

It’s all a numbers game with IG and #Hashtags…….I usually only get between 30-50 Likes, but recently I experimented with some different Hashtags and got 100’s in fact My Hungry, Hungry Hippos got almost 300………..OK so I’m no Kardashian but 300 for me is awesome. I will keep experimenting and trying different lists, lets see how I go?

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So that’s it, no pretty pictures………check them out if you wish to save your sanity….your call.

OH OK! here is a really cute Hippo!

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Have an awesome day peeps and happy snapping…

~ Julz

 

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

big-magic-coverI’ve been reading a book, shocking really. For some reason I really do not read that often, well these days, anyway. I’d rather be creative with my own imagination rather than someone else’s, it seems. Also, I usually only read Fiction, mostly magic, fantasy or sci-fi, this for want of a better word is a self help book.

I am not going to insult you by saying this is the greatest book ever written (although I thought it was quite well written), I also won’t insult you by saying it changed my life…….but it did transform some of my thinking – to a degree.It most definitely made me smile, laugh and feel good.

So how is it I ended up reading it? Well I have had a few crappy weeks lately, things not going my way artistically. No one particularly to blame, it was just my shit sandwich (seriously read the book) for the month. Karma crossed my path with some videos from Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love fame), you know when you are watching something on YouTube and it links to something else, so you watch that and then it takes you somewhere else again? I ended up watching a reading by Ms Gilbert for Big Magic. Sure I have heard of her before, heard some quotes thrown around before before Kim Klassen, Sebastian Michaels and other wondrous teachers, but had never read her books. (I saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love many years ago, and I honestly can’t remember much apart from Julia Roberts was in it). Elizabeth is brutal in her honesty, slap you across the face and accept that to live a truly artistic and creative life……..you have to put up with a lot of crap, mostly from yourself!

In saying that, you do not need to spend your life beating yourself up, turning in a coke snorting, alcoholic, manic depressive who thinks the world owes him/her a better deal. In short, to lead a creative and artistic life, you need to love what you do and enjoy it. Do it because you WANT and NEED to; not because it might make you rich and famous.

I knew all that…honestly I did, but sometimes you push it down thinking that a few small victories here and there should have you rich and famous by now. I didn’t start photography to become a famous photographer, I didn’t become a graphic artist to sell thousands of paintings, and I didn’t start this blog to have millions of followers. I started all of it, because I wanted to; it caught my soul on fire.

I have a passion for photography, I enjoy portraits and newborns, I enjoy landscapes and the travel, I really enjoy the zen like meditation from my Still Life and I adore my conceptual portraits……..do I care if no-one understands them? Not really, hey don’t get me wrong it’s great when other people enjoy them; but the earth does not fall off it’s axis, babies don’t die and I am still breathing if someone doesn’t ‘get it’. In the end I created it for me and my Muse. My digital art, I throw myself on the mercy of my Muse and let her take me wherever she wishes to go, sometimes I have to work without her, but that is OK too. But if I keep working, a little bit every day; my Muse will show up……..it’s when I ignore her she goes off to sulk.

My passion and dedication doesn’t mean my art is the worlds greatest, but I should not live in fear of showing my art (I was at the start, but not now), I learned these lessons all by myself, and if I could pass this onto someone else, then I have done a good, no…..a great deed. Don’t hide yourself and your art away, if you are passionate and work at it, with persistence,  it will show. It may not make you rich and famous, but be honest; that’s not why we do it…is it? It does not matter whether you are a painter, a sculpture, a writer, a poet, photographer, a gardener, a whittler, a potter, a silver or blacksmith……….we do it because we love it….and THAT my friend is what is important.Besides no one really cares what you do (harsh but true) they are too busy with their own lives, occasionally someone will sit up, take notice and say hey that’s great, or hey that’s complete crap and then guess what? They go back to their own life.

Reading this book made me feel good about myself and my art, I can be happy in knowing that I enjoy doing it. I may never be rich or famous, I have my day job, so it doesn’t really matter. My passion costs little (well apart from the travel, but that’s my call, not my passion), I have friends and models who are happy to work with me for free (that still blows my mind, when people ask to model for me and not charge me!).If I am a good person, and my art hurts no-one then what does it matter? Maybe I am the only one who likes it? That is OK, it doesn’t matter if no-one else likes it, so it doesn’t matter if I put it out there and nothing happens; I won’t drop dead. No-one gets out of this life alive……so enjoy your time here, for however long or short it is; life is ultimately too short to be boring and unhappy. Being miserable and suffering for your ‘art’ won’t necessarily make you a better artist, but being happy and content in your work may – think about that.

Seriously if you do anything creative, or have ever wanted to, but were too scared, self conscious, too – whatever; pick up a copy of this book and read it, it will make your heart lighter and put a smile on your face, of that I am sure.

~ Julz

 

Regular Random – Hippos

I love me some Hippos, apart from Elephants Hippos must be my second favourite of the large animals on this planet. Sure I love a lot of little animals too………but of the really big, can’t keep as pets variety, for me it’s elephants and Hippos all the way. I know both are dangerous, especially Hippos, but there is just something about them, so on a recent trip to the Zoo I took a lot more than just five minutes with these guys, but here is a few pics.

 

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Want to join more Regular Randomness? Check out Desley Jane’s blog, where she hosts this weekly challenge.

Til next week, happy snapping…

~ Julz

The Wedding Stalker…

What is it about me and weddings? Am I all alone in this? Is it the woman in me, the hopeless romantic (I’m not really), or the photographer? Maybe I’m actually a voyeur? I can’t seem to help it, I am frequently found stalking a wedding party at various places of interest where we have been……..Craig’s Hut on top of Mount Stirling, in the city, various gardens and now the latest at Montsalvat. I also have a Wedding in Bali later this year………and yes there will be pics of that as well 🙂

So welcome to Olivia and Mitchel’s wedding  (well that was what was on the sign)

There were so many people buzzing around with cameras, including the THREE wedding photographers, I didn’t even hide, nor feel self conscious lol …such a lovely afternoon. I never got any of the ceremony, I thought that might be a bit too much!

~ Julz

 

THE 100 QUESTIONS NO ONE EVER ASKS?

I saw this on Embeecee’s page and thought it seemed like fun, I had a few spare moments. Granted it’s a long list, but you might find a few interesting things about me, or not……..depending on just how well you know me lol.

THE 100 QUESTIONS NO ONE EVER ASKS?

1. DO YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR CLOSET DOORS OPEN OR CLOSED? Open

2. DO YOU TAKE THE SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONER BOTTLES FROM HOTELS? No, but I do take the shower caps and manicure sets

3. DO YOU SLEEP WITH YOUR SHEETS TUCKED IN OR OUT? Out

4. HAVE YOU STOLEN A STREET SIGN BEFORE? Hell Yes

5. DO YOU LIKE TO USE POST-IT NOTES? Sometimes they are useful

6. DO YOU CUT OUT COUPONS BUT THEN NEVER USE THEM? Yes

7. WOULD YOU RATHER BE ATTACKED BY A BIG BEAR OR A SWARM OF BEES? Bear?

8. DO YOU HAVE FRECKLES? Yes

9. DO YOU ALWAYS SMILE FOR PICTURES? Rarely, but I am getting better

10. WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE? People doing stupid things, especially if they affect me

11. DO YOU EVER COUNT YOUR STEPS WHEN YOU WALK? I don’t think so

12. HAVE YOU PEED IN THE WOODS? Yup

13. HAVE YOU EVER POOPED IN THE WOODS? Yup

14. DO YOU EVER DANCE EVEN IF THERES NO MUSIC PLAYING? Hell yes, all the time

15. DO YOU CHEW YOUR PENS AND PENCILS? Yup

16. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE YOU SLEPT WITH THIS WEEK? As in sleep or sex? answer is still one lol

17. WHAT SIZE IS YOUR BED? Technically it’s a Queen but my answer is not big enough (I sleep with four animals and one husband)

18. WHAT IS YOUR SONG OF THE WEEK? Don’t have one – is that weird?

19. IS IT OK FOR GUYS TO WEAR PINK? Yes

20. DO YOU STILL WATCH CARTOONS? Sometimes

21. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE MOVIE? Horror, Walking Dead (OK so it’s not a movie, but I still hate it)

22. WHERE WOULD YOU BURY HIDDEN TREASURE IF YOU HAD SOME? Bank vault?

23. WHAT DO YOU DRINK WITH DINNER? Water, Pimms and Lemonade or soft drink

24. WHAT DO YOU DIP A CHICKEN NUGGET IN? Sweet Chilli or BBQ Sauce

25. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD? Chocolate or Hot chips

26. WHAT MOVIES COULD YOU WATCH OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND STILL LOVE? Speed, Harry Potter, Avatar, Lion King, Aladdin

27. LAST PERSON YOU KISSED/KISSED YOU? Does the dog count? No – well them Husband kissed me this morning before he left for work

28. WERE YOU EVER A BOY/GIRL SCOUT? Girl Scout

29. WOULD YOU EVER STRIP OR POSE NUDE IN A MAGAZINE? Nope

30. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WROTE A LETTER TO SOMEONE ON PAPER? Just before Christmas

31. CAN YOU CHANGE THE OIL ON A CAR? No

32. EVER GOTTEN A SPEEDING TICKET? Yes

33. EVER RAN OUT OF GAS? Not that I can remember

34. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF SANDWICH? Ham, Cheese and Tomato

35. BEST THING TO EAT FOR BREAKFAST? Yoghurt and fruit

36. WHAT IS YOUR USUAL BEDTIME? 10 – 10:30pm

37. ARE YOU LAZY? Very

38. WHEN YOU WERE A KID, WHAT DID YOU DRESS UP AS FOR HALLOWEENSadly we did not have Halloween here as a kid…..but something boring probably

39. WHAT IS YOUR CHINESE ASTROLOGICAL SIGN? Goat

40. HOW MANY LANGUAGES CAN YOU SPEAK? One – English

41. DO YOU HAVE ANY MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS? No I buy as I go

42. WHICH ARE BETTER: LEGOS OR LINCOLN LOGS? I have no idea what Lincoln Logs are???????????

43. ARE YOU STUBBORN? Very

44. WHO IS BETTER: LENO OR LETTERMAN? ????????????????

45. EVER WATCH SOAP OPERAS? No

46. ARE YOU AFRAID OF HEIGHTS? Yes

47. DO YOU SING IN THE CAR? Definitely

48. DO YOU SING IN THE SHOWER? rarely

49. DO YOU DANCE IN THE CAR? Yes

50. EVER USED A GUN? Yes

51. LAST TIME YOU GOT A PORTRAIT TAKEN BY A PHOTOGRAPHER? A few weeks ago

52. DO YOU THINK MUSICALS ARE CHEESY? They can be, but so much fun

53. IS CHRISTMAS STRESSFUL? It can be

54. EVER EAT A PIEROGI ???????????I’d say no

55. FAVORITE TYPE OF FRUIT PIE? Berry or Apple

56. OCCUPATIONS YOU WANTED TO BE WHEN YOU WERE A KID? Zoo Keeper, Archaeologist, Egyptologist

57. DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS? Yes

58. EVER HAVE A DEJA-VU FEELING? Yes

59. DO YOU TAKE A VITAMIN DAILY? No

60. DO YOU WEAR SLIPPERS? Yes

61. DO YOU WEAR A BATH ROBE? Yes

62. WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO BED? Summer – Nothing, Winter – PJs

63. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CONCERT? ABBA

64. WALMART, TARGET, OR KMART? Target or KMart

65. NIKE OR ADIDAS? Neither

66. CHEETOS OR FRITOS? ?????????????????????

67. PEANUTS OR SUNFLOWER SEEDS? Peanuts

68. EVER HEAR OF THE GROUP TRES BIEN? No

69. EVER TAKE DANCE LESSONS? Yes

70. IS THERE A PROFESSION YOU PICTURE YOUR FUTURE SPOUSE DOING? LOL

71. CAN YOU CURL YOUR TONGUE? No

72. EVER WON A SPELLING BEE? No

73. HAVE YOU EVER CRIED BECAUSE YOU WERE SO HAPPY? Yes

74. OWN ANY RECORD ALBUMS? Yes

75. OWN A RECORD PLAYER? No

76. DO YOU REGULARLY BURN INCENSE? No

77. EVER BEEN IN LOVE? Yes

78. WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN CONCERT? No Idea

79. WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW? Elton John

80. HOT TEA OR COLD TEA? Hot

81. TEA OR COFFEE? Coffee

82. SUGAR COOKIES OR SNICKERDOODLES? ?????????????

83. CAN YOU SWIM WELL? Not well, but I can swim

84. CAN YOU HOLD YOUR BREATH WITHOUT HOLDING YOUR NOSE? Yes

85. ARE YOU PATIENT? Honestly? not really

86. DJ OR BAND AT A WEDDING? Band

87. EVER WON A CONTEST? Wet T-shirt content in my bad days lol

88. HAVE YOU EVER HAD PLASTIC SURGERY? No

89. WHICH ARE BETTER: BLACK OR GREEN OLIVES? Neither

90. CAN YOU KNIT OR CROCHET? No

91. BEST ROOM FOR A FIREPLACE? Living Room

92. DO YOU WANT TO GET MARRIED? Once was enough

93. IF MARRIED, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MARRIED? 26 years

94. WHO WAS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CRUSH? funny I can’t remember

95. DO YOU CRY AND THROW A FIT UNTIL YOU GET YOUR OWN WAY? No

96. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Yes

97. DO YOU WANT KIDS? Usually yes

98. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR? Red or Blue

99. DO YOU MISS ANYONE RIGHT NOW? No

100. WHO ARE YOU GOING TO TAG TO DO THIS NEXT? No-one, I believe in free will, either they will or they wont; no tagging involved. .

~ Julz

Tuesday’s Textures…

The Month 5 challenge for my Kaizen Group was Juxtaposition

jux·ta·po·si·tion
[juhk-st uh-p uhzishuhn]
NOUN 1. an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
2. the state of being close together or side by side.

I always thought it meant putting two things together that you would not expect, or placing an object in a scenario you would never expect……..for instance a woman in a red dress sitting on a flooded floor saving a rubber duck! I mean seriously it makes no sense…….sure it’s a fun image but not logical.

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Rubber Duckie

My other images for this month I will do in separate posts, as they have become a series of their own; The Red Dress and What Happened to Super Woman?

To be perfectly honest, apart from for the fun of it, what this challenge is all about……I am sure it will be explained in the fullness of time, some of the images from other people in the group are truly creative and loads of fun.Maybe the point was just to have fun?

~ Julz