A short photography post today as I’m still feeling a bit sick after several days of migraine 😦 Hopefully I’ll be all good tomorrow. It’s 30 years since the great storm of 1987 hit the south east of Britain (anyone old enough to remember that?) and another storm seems set to mark its anniversary. I’m sending my thoughts to everyone who will be affected most, I hope it won’t be as harsh as ’87 ❤
In the meantime to cheer everyone up, what do you think of this big red boat?
This week’s photo challenge is scale. This isn’t a new picture but one I found of a trip to Rochester. I found myself weirdly taken by nautical things and kept finding boats to photograph in the area. I thought this boat taken from the front looks a lot larger and more imposing than it does from the side. To give you another sense of scale check out the white specs on the right next to those posts. That’s two small swans!
Hope you enjoyed this picture. Please let me know any thoughts 🙂
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A picture book with a fascinating surreal take on some famous artwork.
Title: Willy the Dreamer
Author/Illustrator: Anthony Browne
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Description: Willy loves to dream. He dreams that he’s a film-star, a painter, a ballet dancer. He dreams of fierce monsters and super-heroes. Willy’s dreamland is a gallery of amazing and magical pictures. Enter and see.
My Review: This is a surreal and interesting children’s picture book that’s great for introducing kids to the world of art as well as sparking the imagination. ‘Willy the Dreamer’ doesn’t have much of a story, it is a book that is more about the pictures inside than the story being told. The paperback is a bit larger than A4 in size and filled with thick and glossy, colourful pages, mainly of large pictures of Willy’s dreams.
The story runs along the bottom of the page and is a short and repetitive story made of simple sentences about what Willy dreams. Above the writing there is a large picture of Willy’s dream, each page dedicated to one of his dreams. The pictures are quite amazing and very detailed. Although all the pictures are of Willy and his dream, the images are his versions of famous paintings or movie characters, book characters, etc. These illustrations are amazing to look at and I was particularly drawn to pictures of paintings such as Dali’s ‘The Persistence of Memory’ which has melting bananas instead of melting clocks for example.
The further you go into the book the more detailed the pictures become. Each one of the images is very detailed and a perfect altered copy of a real painting. There are plenty of little extra things to spot too such as how many bananas you can find (so many objects are morphed into bananas and I couldn’t help laughing at one of Van Gogh’s paintings of a bed ‘Bedroom in Arles’ where the bed is an entire banana!). There are also funny surreal extras such as a hammerhead shark literally having a hammer for a head.
The book has a good ending, though the last page image is a twist on the first which I didn’t notice straight away!. This is more of a visual book than a storybook. I really enjoyed reading this and can’t help but constantly flick back to see the pictures again. I might be a bit biased having studied art but I think this is a great book which kids will love and one which also has an educational quality as children will learn and know famous paintings through Willy’s dreams, and adults will love sharing this book too as there’s just so much to see and think about!
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy (as part of The Anthony Browne Collection).
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A beautiful peacock image to brighten up your day! 🙂
This is a coloured in peacock from the colouring book called ‘The Aviary’. It’s filled with realistic images of birds and is published by LOM Art an imprint of Michael O’Mara books. I did this piece of colouring and took a picture a while ago now but recently looked back and was impressed with my own colouring skills (is that weird?).
What do you think of the peacock? Would Phoenix the Peacock approve do you think? 🙂
(p.s. apologies for the general light tint on the picture, fault of the light in the room, and the slight shadow in the middle bottom of the pic)
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This is the first photo challenge I’ve ever done on wordpress so I hope everyone likes it. The theme for this week’s challenge is pedestrian and I have my own little take on the pedestrian world – pigeons! Love them or hate them (I personally love them) they are part of our towns and cities and help clean up the crumbs of food dropped on the street. They’re also intelligent birds…well some of the time 😛 🙂
I actually love watching pigeons, I even visited Trafangar Square in London when I was younger. Back them it was famous for the birds and stalls sold seed you could feed to them, I had several eating from my hands!! They are smart and resilient birds which should be given some respect. Pigeon chicks look very strange, by the way, different from most chicks which look a little cuter, and I think we’d all like them a little bit more if we saw more positive nature programs about them. 🙂
Happy Monday everyone. I hope this image has brightened up your morning, and I hope you have a great week!
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My beloved Fujifilm finepix camera decided to officially die today 😦 The flash was already gone but it was a very decent camera so I was still using it in daylight but today it decided to completely stop working….sort of. Instead it keeps turning itself on! 😮 And beeping non-stop 😦 So I obviously need a new camera (I can use my phone but I like a dedicated camera for photography) so I thought I’d look back at some of the pictures I’ve taken and here’s a picture I forgot about. It’s a surprisingly good photo isn’t it? Taken a long while ago on a trip near a river, I took this picture not because I was looking to take a stunning photo, but I was trying to get closer to identify the flowers. The composition and focus is a bit accidental! – it seems I take better photographs by accident than on purpose! Lol 😀
What do you think of this picture? Do you like it? Do you know what flower is in the picture?
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My Review: Once again another Millie Marotta book does not disappoint! I’ve bought every Millie Marotta book I can since I first discovered them and this book is just as great as the rest but with lots of new creatures to colour in. ‘Curious Creatures’ is all about animals, be they fish, birds, insects or mammals, and each page or double page spread contains lots of intricate designs which I just love to colour in.
The book is the same size and thickness as her other books (or Johanna Basford’s books),wider than A4 but shorter, and contains so many pages that even for full price you are getting a bargain in terms of how much there is to colour! Each page is crisp white and nice and thick enough to colour using pens although being double sided I’d always be careful not overdoing the amount of felt pens or gel pens you use in one spot. I’ve only use pencils in my book.
Every picture in the book is a realistic outline of the real animal with lots of fun and detailed shapes inside it to colour in. Some of the images just have random shapes, while other animals are made from lots of leaves which just looks amazing! The animals really vary in this book and there’s plenty I’ve never seen before. My favourites include the weed sea dragons, narwhal and the kiwi. Some of the images have extra details in them such as leaves while others have blank around them. I love the blank spaces as it gives me the chance to doodle in my own drawings and there’s also a few pages at the back of the book for creating your own images which some people who enjoy drawing as well as colouring, like me, will love!
One thing I’ve noticed which I think is an improvement on the first Millie Marotta book, Animal Kingdom, is the slight increase in the size of the shapes that make up the animals. It’s not a drastic increase and there’s still as much detail to colour in but the first book had such small shapes you couldn’t always colour individual ones in easily with pencils (you’d need incredibly sharp pencils all the time).
The start of the book features an introduction by Marotta which as always is nice to read and the back of the book has list of all the animals that feature in the book which is great as I didn’t know what some of the birds were especially the mandarin duck.
I really love this book. I’ve barely coloured in anything and I’ve already spent hours on this and I just love it! I can’t say a bad thing about this book. Maybe it’s a little tricky to get into the centre of the book especially when colouring in a double page spread, but the book’s spine opens easily (might want to push/crack it open) and lies quite flat on a surface. It doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve included some pictures including my own colouring in with pencils. This book is just great, I can’t wait for the next one!
Here’s a coloured in picture. Tell me what you think of my colouring 🙂 …
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I have a new colouring book review to bring you tomorrow by the amazing Millie Marotta, her books never fail to please me! But for now I wanted to share a very colourful budgie to cheer up your Wednesday. This image comes from ‘Animal Kingdom’ (not the book I’m reviewing tomorrow). I know my photography skills leave something to be desired (need a new camera) but I hope you can still enjoy the image. Please let me know what you think? Does it cheer you up? Do you enjoy colouring and in particular the Millie Marotta books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
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