I have decided to start painting again.
I have done the odd painting over the years but so little I am ashamed to say.
It was in my teens at art college that I last painted with any consistencey.
Anyhow several days ago something just felt right. I remembered bizarrely my love of gouache, a medium I haven't thought about in a long time.
I order a cheep sketchbook and set of gouache off the Internet and waited patiently for them to arrive.
Since then I am proud to say I have painted almost everyday.
I am recording my sketchbook painting journey on my instgram account.
Here are a few of my pictures....
I had a little play with making the turtle a black shape with the sun behind shining into the blues and greens of the sea.
Working instinctively painting one of our 1970s wooden deer.
Playing about with perspective, deliberately making the cup and saucer flat.
Beautiful little strawberry the Guinea pig, I think this is my favourite so far.
I am really please with what I have already learned in such a short time. Most important of all, I am really really enjoying my little daily painting sessions.....mmmmhh what to paint today?
A couple of weekends ago we went up to Dalton in Furness in Cumbria to the South Lakes Safari Zoo. It is free entry until 12/2/16, bonus.
Apart from having very excited children! it gave me a great opportunity to have a play with my DSLR. I was lucky enough to get the Pentax K-50 camera a couple of birthday ago. To be quite honest I have developed quite a love hate relationship with this camera. Going from a basic point and shoot to a 'proper camera' has been very frustrating for my sleep deprived baby brain. I was pregnant when I first relieved it and our little boy still does not sleep through the night, often waking several times.
I just haven't had the time or energy to study or even begin to understand how it works. I have had several books out from the library but often they have been returned without even being opened, tut,tut... but determined to get off manual mode I have kept having a go, getting frustrated, going back to my point and shot, then picking it up again.
The trip to the zoo was the first light at the end of the tunnel as I am finally starting to understand it!
It was also a great opportunity to just take photos for the love of it.
Peacock photo as requested by Hummingbird, they are one of her favourite animals along with hedgehogs!
I love this photo,
Technically it is over exposed but I love how the cockatoo blends into his background.
This time one of my favourite animals, anteaters, they were very lively at this visit running round like crazy things. I love how this photos almost makes them look like woolly mamoths.
Another of my favorate photos. I love the expression on her face, her big trout pout.
Hummingbird was quite taking with the giraffes and how tall they were.
Beautifully colourful duck. I could use this palette of colours for so much. A beautiful cosy interior room, a crochet blanket, snuggle cushions, patchwork....aargh my mind is a whirrrr....
I quickly took this photo on our way to the cafe for a warm and a portion of chips each.
Bumblebee's favourite animal, the fennec fox.
My most favourite animal ever, alas it was asleep, the sleeping sloth, best I could do....
There is a great big enclosure you can walk through full of condors and vultures. They fly above your head...
or block your path looking very hungry!
One took a particular liking to D, tugging on his coat, and the straps of the baby carrier. It even had a peck at one of dragonflies boots.
Speaking of hungry, this leopard was sat waiting patiently for its lunch. It was particularly interest in any small children running along the side of its cage!!!
None of my pictures are of proffesional standard I know, but for a beginner using a manual focus lense, I am really rather chuffed. I took loads of photos and loads were blurred but maybe this camera and do have a future together after all.