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I’ve decided, after a few compliments regarding my rutilated quartz photograph, that I would create a crystal photography series. First up we have purple fluorite…

Purple Flourite edit

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The strawberry plants I planted out last year have been thriving this spring/summer. We picked our first four yesterday, sweet, plump and juicy…or so I would imagine. The kidlets scoffed them within seconds!

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I should really photograph more crystals, they’re so pretty. This is the rutilated quartz I brought last week.

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I’m a lot of things, gamer included. One of my big passions is gaming, not just video games but also roleplaying games, both freeform and system. Recently I have been developing a character to try out Mouse Guard, a roleplaying game I’ve never played before but that intrigues me. The character creation was a lot of fun and as a result of spending time with my character I decided I wanted to draw him…or at least attempt to.

I knew I wanted to keep my sketch in keeping with the style of the comics and was really pleased with how my mouse, Baba, turned out.

Following my success I then turned my attention to one of the other player’s characters. This one was a little trickier as I had to try to portray him in the way the other person envisaged him.

I will be trying a couple more soon for the other characters in our group. I just thought I would share with you all some different kind of sketching from me since I usually work with more abstract art. I’ve never been that great at character sketching but I think a lot of that is down to the fact I haven’t really put in the time and effort to practice getting good at it. Drawing mice was something new for me and reminded me how much I enjoy character sketching to go alongside my character creation process.

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My boyfriend told me that whenever he sees flowers he’s reminded of me. I asked him why and he told me he could just imagine me with my camera taking close ups of all the colour, abstract markings and beautiful forms I see in them. It’s true, I love the nature, flowers in particular and it has reminded me to work with them more, in both my photography and art.

It’s a matter of going back to the basics of where I started out, creating around the beauty I see and sharing it with others. I think it’s easy for me to lose sight of that when I am trying to create to sell, when really art that comes from the heart speaks to others more powerfully than what we sometimes think we should be creating.

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The last couple of days have been both busy and stressful for me, I’ve not been sleeping well and I can’t seem to shake the uptight, stressful feeling that’s plaguing me. I’ve been taking the opportunity, however, to return to my cross stitching project as a means to unwind. I’ve now finished two of the nine ‘panels’ on the chart for this beautiful tiger cross stitch kit that I picked up a few years back after finishing a project I was stitching for someone else.

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This one is for me and as such I have been procrastinating with it and putting it off. I seem to find things for others a lot easier to work on and find the time for, though I am really making an effort with this one as I want to finish him and hang him in my bedroom. Tiger has always been a symbol of protection and strength for me, I suppose right now that is what I feel I need which leads me to work on him.

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