Thursday, 20 May 2010

Blues

No photography tips today but I have been searching through the photograph files on my laptop as they really need culling and I came across this group from last year. I took them for a flickr photography challenge on - guess what - the colour blue! This little group features two of my Bakelite pots, a bottle lid, periwinkle and bluebells. I have been in the creativity doldrums this week so it is good to look at the archives for a bit of inspiration.
For this still life I looked at some Dutch masters whose still life paintings are fabulous in detail. Very often they would feature some draped fabric and a bowl spilling its contents. I must say that mine is a very humble interpretation. I set up my little still life in a box with lots of blutac and masking tape.


With this final composition I was playing with shape. It may have been better if the crease in the cloth had been vertical. At the time  you don't notice how important these details are.

I went to the Walled Garden art exhibition  Private View this evening and I am pleased to say that my photographs had been selected. The venue was fabulous - an enormous marquee in the walled garden called the Conservatory, which is being used for wedding receptions. There was quite a mixed selection of work and some of an exceptional standard. Organising and managing such an event is a minefield and they had said that everyone that submitted would  have at least one piece hung so some pieces were of a dubious standard. The boards used to display the works were rather wobbly and my pieces were rather in a corner (well somebody's had to be). I am not expecting to sell, but I hope the organisers manage to make sales as it is a fabulous idea and the garden is desperate for funds for the restoration work. It is always great to be part of such an event and my friend Sally, who has helped with the organisation was interviewed by the local press. The publicity will be too late as the exhibition closes on Sunday, but let's hope they get enough interest to decide to repeat the event.

14 comments:

Lori Saul said...

Such a beautiful photostudy in blue. A feast for the eyes. I have really enjoyed my first visit to your lovely blog with its lush photography and mixed media. I look forward to visiting again!

Printed Material said...

Jill,
Don't knock the blutack and masking tape approach -it looks stunning. Those indigo blues look so inky and lush. A great choice of objects and observations. Hope the exhibition goes well for all and that you get a red dot on your work! Lesley PS Is Marvin having a holiday or has he gone forever (metaphorically speaking, of course)?

flutterbycrafter said...

These photos are beautiful, you've certainly captured the concept of blue, I love the way flowers are falling out of the bowl. Hope the walled garden project manages to sell some of your work, that would be wonderful.

marigold jam said...

Lovely Jill - I'd certainly want to buy one of your photos if these are a sample! The new headline banner is also lovely but hope Marvin will make a return sometime (I wasn't sure I'd got the right blog when he wasn't there when I clicked on it!!) Enjoy your weekend.

Jane

Amelia said...

congratulations on being selected for this event. And beautiful blue images . . .

Do show some of your evening fiber/stitching doodles - would love to see them :)

Amelia.x

Jee said...

Wonderfu. Such vibrant colour, these would inspire anyone.

thekathrynwheel said...

Congrats on having your photos displayed. Loving these blues. So far, I only manage to point and press with my digital SLR. Shame on me. BTW, is that a new blog banner? I love! Kate

Eileen said...

It's nice to see these pictures again - I remember enjoying them when first posted.
I'm really glad (and not at all surprised) that your pictures were chosen. Well done!

webb said...

Love the new blog photo. It's so elegant. Congrats on being chosen for the exhibition. Hope you sell!

AeFondKis said...

Hi Jill congrats on being selected! Your studies in blue evoke a sense of order and calm.
Like your new banner, beautiful study!

Menopausal musing said...

That banner is exquisite and as for the gorgeous blue photos.......... well........... amazing!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Like your new header Jill - my favourite photo from a previous post! Glad to know that your lovely pics were selected for the show. x

harmony and rosie said...

Congratulations on being chosen for the exhibition. I love your work so I'm sure everyone else will too. The new header is a beauty.

The Journal Challenge said...

wonderful combinations