Friday, April 30, 2010

First stages of making some very unusal postcards!

I am also using this blog to show-case some of my serious and fun Art Projects. One of the course l am taking at the moment is great fun. It is run by an amazing artist called Traci bunker, who is in Americaa and her blog is http://tracibunkers.ning.com
The course l am participating in is making very unusual and any size postcards. They are collaged and painted, then collaged and maybe painted again and some are finished with wax, to which objects have been embedded into the wax. I am at the very beginning, which is finding odd bits of cardboard and collaging them. Can be orgainized or random. You do both sides, l have put the first four basic image up here for you to view. As each stage is finshed l will upload them. I have not had so much "FUN" for ages. Thanks Traci!
Front and Back of postcard 1


Side 2


 Then Postcard 2. Side 1  There is a hole just under the word Timeless..which will be to hang this one if the owner wants too! (the red is my carpet!).



Side 2.

Then postcard 3. side 1


Side 2. Sorry doesn't want to go to centre of page!!






Postcard 4. side 1.


Side 2.

When l have finished the next part of the course...will upload the next step of these postcards. Hope you are impressed so far!!!!! No seriously, l do not mind if you don't like them or are confused..go and see traci's work. It is work viviting her blog!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My Dad's Day at Buckingham Palace

Last friday the 23rd of April was St. George's Day and my dad went to Buckingham Place to be made a Member of tht British Empire ( MBE ), from The Prince of Wales (Charles!). Dad got his medal for charity work for the RAF.
We had a great day at the Buckingham Palace and l have the images to prove it!Hax. I was not allowed to take my camera into the Palce, which was a shame. My mother is in a wheelchair, so we went into the palace through areas others don't normally see. For example, my mother went up in a chair lift, which originally was installed for the Queen Mother. We were sat at the front of the crowd and then were out first as well! Well done mum!
The night before, Tony polished his shoes..as usual!..and also polished his old Army RCT hat...all will be revealed in the image below!



Your chaffeur driven car awaits you Mr W E J Kelley MBE!
Forget the fact that it is St. George's Day and it was also the Marathon at the weekend...the flags were there for dad weren't they?Ha!
This was one of the wonderful views my parents and sister had from our car, while we waited in the queue to get into the Palace grounds. Each car was checked inside and out, we had to have all the correct paper work and proof of who we were. Then we had a sticker, with of all things on it, a bike, to say we had passed all the checks. We also had large "V" sign on our windscreen, to tell the police we had a wheelchair user inside the car and so had to go to another entrance. In other words..the back door! My mum was issued with her own royal chair-pusher, in a beautiful uniform too!
It did seem strange to see all these people standing on the other side of the Palace railings, waving and calling to us. It made my mum and sister feel very important and made them laught!! Last time my parents came to The Palace, which was for a Summer Garden Party and when driving in, my dad had really upset my mum, by telling the tourist crowd waiting at the gate and entrance to The Palace..."It's ok, she is just the cleaner!".

After being in the palace, we all came out to have our offical photographs taken and meet friends or family waiting outside.  The next image shows the newspaper photographers praticing taking images before the crowds come out. Actually they were quite upset because nothing went wrong and nothing really happened that was worth filming! Shame!!

And here is the man himself! Doesn't he look smart and very happy?x Well done dad! 
We had offical images taken and also we have a video coming too. The funny thing is, that because of mum being in the wheelchair and at the front of the crowd...we will be in EVERYONE ELSE'S video's..what a hoot!

The next few images are of other people who were at the Palace to receive medals ect.






The young lady in the image below, was so sweet. It was her Military father, that was the person receiving an award and she was making the most of it. She had a permanent smile on her face and was taking images of EVERYTHING insight..what an experience for her.
And finally....ME! I love hats!
From the Palace, we took my parents and sister to the Thai Bridge in Putney. It over looks the River Thames and we arranged to have a window table and they did us proud. My sister was not impressed but Mum and Dad loved it . i thought the food was great, the staff were sweet and they didn't rush us, even though we were the last customers!



The last image is the reason for the meal..well done again dad.


Monday, April 26, 2010

Ruby Tueday image for 26.04.2010

                           RUBY TUESDAY
                                              
Every week l put up one image but then see that many people put up more...so this week l have gone mad!!!!  SORRY!!!!!

The first image is of a bridge that l think is beautiful even though it only has a protective coat on it and no paint! The wall behind it is covered in graffit!
While we were driving in London, we saw that this Inter-Continental Hotel had red flags and then  also realised that part of the Gas owned Digger was also red! Quick click before the lights change!
The image below is of The City Sight Seeing Bus that tours around London every day! Fun isn't it?
 The image below, is a woman standing in a huge queue in London. believe it for not they are waiting to go into a pub!!! 
  I don't know what the building below is but l love the red wall with a door enclosed in it which is...the fire escape door!

Couldn't resist this last one..my husband feeling better after his heart problems have started to get better!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY.. Image for Sunday 25th April 2010

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY
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This is an image of me taking the image of the torn bag on the pavement! I had to giggle when l saw this image..l look as if l have a top knot!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mr.Owl and a visit to the garden centre.

As it was such a nice day, decided to go for a trip to a garden centre, coffee shop and the National Trust grounds. On the way, l pass this owl and have never been able to stop safely and take an image. Today, l stopped right opposite in the traffic lights queue! Isn't he something old Mr. Owl? He sits there through rain, snow, sunshine and gales and he never moans!


The next image is the little bridge that you cross, to get to the Garden Centre. It is like a Japaness bridge, in the sense it is arched, wooden and then painted in a beautiful blue. Love the shadows.
After we had parked the car, l got out and there in front of the car was this tree. What caught my attention first, was a bird in the tree that l couldn't identify. As l drew nearer, the bird flew away but l noticed something else interesting. There in the bark was a hole, looked inside the hole and wow...an owl? What does it make you think of? 

The below image is another bridge you can cross from another part of the complex. Can you see a duck in the distence? There is a beautiful green on theduck's head? It is so beautiful.


This is the cowshed, a part of the old house that has been kept and revampted! At one time, while l was at Art School, our tutor was trying to arrange for us to do an exhibition here, but it never came to anything. I am going to see if now, as a professional artist, l can get a group of us together and try again. I reckon it could be an amazing place to put a show on in!
At the other end, there is an extra room and these milk churns are on show. I can remember seeing these being delivered to the farm we used to live near, when l was a child. Oh dear..my past is now history!Ha!

There are some old out houses too, that are rented out to different artists to use. One is a potter, who has some of her pottery leaves hanging on show in her window.

The next image is part of a signpost, that shows some more of the attrations available in the grounds.
Here Tony, is looking at the fish in the stream, they were not very big but still visible to the naked eye! Very peaceful spot, that is until some teenage boys turned up with very loud voices! Oh boy, l sound like my mother!!!!
The image below is the river just a few feet away from where Tony was standing!


Just on the other side of the path, is another part of the stream and here adults and children were feeding the fish. I tried for ages to catch a fish coming out of the water to get the bread. They were just TOO quick! But l did get this image of the splash, as the fish went back down again!


In the grounds, is this amazing Water Wheel...so beautiful and the river runs really fast at this point. It seems so unfair that the bridge you see in this image, is unaccessable to the public. Spoil sports!

The power of the water and the under current is shown in the image below. The orange gas cylinder you can see in this image, spent 45 mins being draged under the water and back up again, before the water let it go! Imagine a person trying to get away from that!
The family below were coming into the Park to see the rose gardens, which were just in front of them The colours and the smell of the roses was gorgeous! Must admit this Indian family did add colour to the place. Beautiful colours.


This young man was with his father, riding his machine round the roundabout. Look again...this machine is electric and costs quite a few pennies! To me, he seems too young to be in charge of an electric motor car! What is he.....3? Frightening! 
The last image is of Tony going through the spinning gate into the area that sells tropical fish, tanks and water loving plants. THAT TREAT IS FOR TOMORROW!Ha! I can remember l was very frightened by these sort of gates when l was a child. That was because they were very stiff, could only move forward and not backwards and was also a tight fit , which scared me!

Monday, April 19, 2010

The image for Ruby Tuesday....19.04.2010

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Today's image for Ruby Tuesday is below.

As we were taking my daughter home, l suddenly saw this weird graffiti type sign outside a shop, then realised l could see the reflection too. Two images for Ruby Tuesday in one image! As l was a passenger in the car, l had to quickly wind the window down, point, click, shoot and hope for the best, as the car shot pass the sign, in busy London traffic! Didn't work out too badly..did it?