Today I am bringing you a picture which I think sums up the word silence very well. With what looks like civilisation so far away, there is a great silence near this water. The only thing you hear is a breeze in your ears but it’s a beautiful silence otherwise and the perfect place to take a moment to yourself and breathe 🙂
I thought this would sit nicely with the daily prompt of ‘nest‘ 🙂 ! What do you think? While I’m not sure the seagull is actually nesting here, birds are notorious for finding many places to nest including man made structures like this.
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An interesting photo that asks you a question.
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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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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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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