I haven’t posted anything in a while – there’s been a lot going on, and it’s been a bit overwhelming. I can tell that things are settling down a bit now, though, because I’ve signed up for Susannah Conway’s “August Break” photo challenge for the third time (although it’s only the second time I’ve posted the photos on my blog – in 2015 I just posted them on Instagram).
It’s perfectly timed to coincide with my need for creative recovery, yet again. The first August Break I joined in with was in 2014, when I was recovering from spine surgery, and it marked the start of me sharing my photos online. This time I’m recovering from radio-surgery for a brain tumour (more on that another time).
Day 1: Morning Light
When the bumblebees come out to sip nectar from our lavender. The bee is a bit fuzzy in this photo – but then, they are anyway!🐝
Day 2: Leaf
The yellower ones are new leaves waiting to be turned over! 🍃
Day 3: Handwriting – my favourite quote
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~ Howard Thurman
Day 4: Sweetness
I couldn’t find anything sweet AND photogenic on Thursday, but a friend gave us these pretty homemade cupcakes on Sunday, which fit the bill perfectly!
Day 5: Midday
At midday today I was in the middle of painting this new layer. With the previous layer I had got a bit carried away with swirls of white paint which drowned out all the lovely colour combinations from previous layers – so I decided to be bold and paint out the swirls and create a new blank canvas between islands of gorgeous colours. It’s still a work in progress, but I’m already loving the contrast!
Day 6: I’m reading
I’m finally getting round to reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic” and thumbing through an old copy of “Maisons Coté Sud” from 2003, to get some inspiration for my paintings.
Day 7: Beneath my feet
Today we were invited to our friends’ son’s birthday party. We were only able to stay for a short while, but it was lovely to see everyone. In the garden there were tables with umbrellas, and a small marquee with this beautiful Indian carpet underfoot.