Gorgeous Gerbera …

This is one of my favourite flowers and when I saw this stunning example being sold as a plant, I couldn’t resist. The main colour of the petals is made all the more beautiful by the vibrant edging:

As I’ve been catching up with editing photos this morning, I decided to have a bit of fun:


1. 2. 3. 4. 5.Which is  your favourite? I really like the depth of colour in No. 4 as well as the ethereal nature of No.5.


Beautiful Bristol …

The sun really shone down on us today and as the boys had an extra day of holiday (INSET day at school) we decided to visit the SS Great Britain which has been turned into an amazing visitor attraction at the docks.

I took my camera and here are some of my favourite photos from today. In each case is the original photo followed by how it looks once it’s been edited on ‘flare’:

Retro Owl …

I had fun painting this little guy yesterday. He’s a bit kitsch and a bit retro but I kind of like that. I chose to use leaves as feathers to give him an autumnal look and am pleased with how they turned out. Using ‘flare’ on my computer, I’ve transformed him using different effects:

A ‘Flare’ for a Flowery Photo …

I took a few photos of flowers today, the Fritillary is hidden in the front garden and there is just the one lonely flower! The rose is in a vase on the kitchen windowsill, having been bought this morning:

I then used a programme called ‘Flare’ on my computer to play around a bit with these images. I do think the flowers are beautiful in their own right but it was fun to see how these photos looked once they had been digitally altered.

Here are my 2 favourite results:


With each of the photos I tried to enhance the natural beauty of the flowers – I really like the light in the photo of the fritillary, it shines through the delicate pattern on the petals. I think that the rose looks almost ethereal, as if it would be blown away by the merest hint of a breeze.