Coming Full Circle – with Paint

Life is full of cycles and new beginnings.  After years of resisting change, I now embrace it and look forward to what is coming my way.  I can honestly say that over the last 12 years, each year has been better than the one before that.  I have learned something new every year, whether it is a new skill or something about myself or others.

Around this time last year, the relationship I was in ended.  To ease the pain, I decorated most of the walls in my house.  Painting was very therapeutic.  When I ran out of walls, I picked up a paintbrush and made some paintings.  Then I went on holiday and met someone very special.

This year is very different from last year.  The New Year started with a celebration of Love.  What better way to ring in the New Year than at a wedding party!  No, not mine!  Though I am still with that special someone.

Instead of painting walls, I am painting furniture.  I find painting ‘things’ very therapeutic.  There is a process and usually a big mess before it all starts to look good.  I would love to have a workshop and a space to sell stuff I find.  I am also painting ‘art”, though not as much as last year.  I am very focused on working on things I have had in my house for a while.  It is part of my nesting and making a lovely home.

I am learning something new every day.  I am trying out a new type of paint and learning what it can or cannot do.  I am learning to keep things simple.   Sometimes we learn by making ‘mistakes’.  I am in a period of ‘trial and error’ with paint.  The great thing is, whatever I do can be done over if it doesn’t work out the first time.  Kinda like in life, except in life you might just have to wait for quite a while before you get a second chance, while with paint it could only be a matter of hours! 🙂

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The Sky Where I Live

I love clouds.  When I was a kid, I used to love lying on the ground and looking up at the clouds and watch them blow by and try to work out what they looked like.  Some things in my life haven’t changed much.  However, these days I can lie on the beach and do the same thing.

Although a cloud can be the bearer of rain, clouds do make the sky look more interesting.  We all love clear cloudless skies.  It usually means that we will have a sunny and warm day.  Relatively speaking.  We can have snow on the ground, but it won’t feel so cold if the sun is shining.  I entered a photo in a contest at The Photographic Society of a wreck in The Red Sea.  What stopped me from getting the top mark was that the judge thought it would have looked better if there were clouds in the sky!  Ha! Fat chance!

Clouds can make a difference to a photo or a painting.  Just think what Titian’s paintings would look like without his dramatic cloud formations.

Since I have lived in Eastbourne these last couple of years, I have learned that a cloudy sky doesn’t always bring rain.  It can be overcast all week and not a drop of rain will fall.  It has been like that a few times this summer.  You think it is going to rain so you don’t water the plants, but nothing happens.  It can be very strange.  We have been having some unusually warm weather here.  Eastbourne seems to have its own micro climate.  It can be sunny here on the coast and cloudy and damp a few miles inland.  It can be boiling hot one moment, and if a cloud does happen to appear and covers the sun it is freezing cold the next.  Some days I really don’t know what I should be wearing.

This past week, we have had some amazing clouds and skies.

From the train - on the way to work

I took this from the train on the way to work on Tuesday.  My car was being serviced.   It was dark when I left the house and the sun was coming up over the sea.

On the way home

After collecting my car, I drove home along the seafront as there were some amazing cloud formations and colours.  It looked like a huge storm would break, but it never did.  There was a ‘tornado’ in Bexhill that afternoon.  It happened just before I got on the train to collect my car.

From my bedroom window

This was the view from my bedroom window on Wednesday morning.  I wish I could say that I always know what the day is going to be like by looking out of my window, but the weather can change.   This morning it was dull and grey and turned into a wonderfully warm and sunny day.  Wednesday was lovely.  Forget that old saying:  ‘Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning, red sky at night, sailor’s delight.’  It never rained where I was.  I did see three different layers of clouds all moving at various speed with pockets of blue skies and sunshine throughout the day.  It was breezy and mild.

On the way to work

This was the sky on the way to work on Thursday morning.

The Eastbourne Pier, with fog

Friday was dull and overcast.  Totally grey and quite depressing, but it didn’t rain.  This was the sky on the way home from work.  It was foggy and the sea was eerily calm.

 This photo would not be nearly as interesting with only blue skies.

The Pier always looks good, regardless of what the sky looks like.   Even when the sky is grey and stormy looking.

It doesn’t stop the surfers from going out though!

I feel really blessed to have a lovely drive to and from work at the moment.  I get to watch the sun come up and go down, most of the time.  I am sure that will all change soon once the clocks go back this weekend.

Random Photos of My World the Last Couple of Weeks

The full moon was soo bright!  And this was taken in the morning!  I am having difficulty taking pictures of bright moons even though I can see the markings with my eye.  My PowerShot has a retractable lens, so I am limited to the features as I am not au fait with F stops, etc., yet!

Here it is a few minutes later.

Sunset at Birling Gap taken with my Canon EOS 450D with a polarising filter.  First time I’ve used a polariser.  I can feel a painting coming on.

Sunset on the way home from work.  The starlings were doing their magic on The Pier.  The sun doesn’t set over the water in Eastbourne, but when it goes down, there is a lovely light to the sky.  Its more dramatic when there are clouds.

Sunrise on the way to work.

I must say that I really do enjoy the drive to and from work.   I drive along the seafront, against traffic.  Then I drive through some open countryside.  If there is a downside to the drive, I drive with the sun in my eyes!  It’s a small price to pay for a quick and beautiful journey to work.

The last lilly in the garden, still going strong in spite of being nibbled by a bug.

And last but not least…

This is a study for a new flower painting.  I have done white arum lillies, now I am going to paint pink lillies.  I also have new bookcases, which reminds me that I need to do a house update soon as there have been a few home improvements.

My temp contract has been extended, so I don’t have a lot of time for painting these days, or photography, or dancing!  However, I did join a gym! 🙂  And I will be getting out the knitting needles again.  I might even read some books now that I have new specs!

If anyone can give me some tips on taking great pictures of the moon, I would be really grateful.  Take care people!