A visual journal

New Years Resolution …..

Broken already!

I had fully intended to post a picture a day on The Turning Year”

But here we are on the 7th January and I have posted nothing

I am just so impressed as yesterday Lucy Corrander posted her 500th Picture

During January I am doing an online image editing class

The image above is my first little play, using flower pictures from earlier in the year.

15 responses

  1. Hello Karen.

    This is a striking image. I feel as if I should be able to feel it if I rub my hand across the screen.

    About posting daily . . . it’s not finding photos to publish that I find difficult but restricting myself to one a day. It has become part of my daily rhythm and a wonderful excuse for going out for walks at inconvenient moments.

    I hope your course is good. One of the things I find difficult is judging how to create a picture which looks good on screen yet which looks equally good on paper.

    Best wishes for the coming year.


    January 7, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    • Hi Lucy – and thanks for visiting,

      I agree it is sometimes difficult to know when an image looks fab on screen that it may look very ordinary on paper.

      Do you take each picture on the day you post it?

      January 7, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      • Hello Karen.

        Only rarely do I use a photo on the day I take it. (Yesterday, with the tools leaning against the shed was an exception.)

        I like to line them up in advance to make sure there’s a mix of colour, style and content so when visitors scroll down the page they can enjoy what they see as a sort of mini-exhibition. How I like to do it best is to know the photos will ‘work’ when viewed in reverse order because that’s how people see them on the blog.

        If I’m busy or if the light is rotten and the subject matter scarce (as in the last few, rainy months!) I can’t always manage this but that’s the aim.

        However, I do try to keep the photos within season – so they are rarely more than two weeks old. If they are much more than that (especially if they are plants) I put a note in the title to say when they ‘belong’.

        The only other thing which disturbs the flow from time to time is Monochrome Weekly. (The link is on my blog – I won’t put it here because it’s changing sites.) Of all the regular themes, this is the one I will put myself out for!


        January 8, 2010 at 9:17 am

  2. Just had a quick peek at the course details Karen – it looks great fun.Your poppy heads seem to be shining out there. Look forward to seeing more of your creations.

    January 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm

  3. P.S. Is it my imagination or have you made a few changes here ?

    January 7, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    • (lol) Yes Anna – I have made a few changes – but I haven’t decided if I am going to stick with this look, or try a different one.

      With regards to the photoshop course – initially I wanted to do it for my textile work – but I might develop a range of cards as well, to extend the flower images that I already do

      January 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm

  4. Sandy

    That is really nice. And, I even know how you did it!

    I am lucky to post three or four times a week, in the winter. But. when the flowers are blooming, it is a different story. Can you tell I have been studying seed catalogs?

    January 7, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    • Hi Sandy,

      Although I use photoshop quite a bit – this is my first exploration into making my own brushes and building layers – very addictive!

      I am also studying seed catalogs – veg seed at the moment!
      Thanks for dropping in

      January 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm

  5. Lucy – perhaps that is where I am going wrong – I always take the photo “on the day” I think I will give myself permission to use an image that has been taken during the week
    Thanks for your response

    January 8, 2010 at 9:49 am

  6. Hello again Karen!

    I think it depends what kind of blog you are wanting. There are the 365ers whose intention is to create a daily record of their lives. Their blogs may, in time, turn out to be a wonderful historical resource. But I don’t think that’s what either The Turning Year or PICTURES JUST PICTURES are about. These two blogs are about ways of seeing and the important thing is what happens when the blog visitor looks at the image – not the precise moment when the photo was taken.

    Well, that’s what I think anyway!


    January 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

    • Lucy – Yes when I started The Turning Year it was more about how I see things through the season whether it is in the studio, the garden or the landscape and not always the “pretty picture” either – thanks for reminding me why I have this blog – just what I needed

      January 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm

  7. shirleyannesherris

    This imaging course looks quite good. Pity it is closed to registration now. i will be keeping an eye out for all your images. I will also try and work out how they are achieved. Digitial imaging is one of my passions along with the textiles which usually come from the imaging.
    I have just finished an image a day (365) for 2009 but haven’t continued into this year. It was quite a commitment but surprising in its diversity once I got into it. I have also been doing AV’s using all these images.
    Good luck with the course.

    January 8, 2010 at 10:05 am

    • Shirleyanne

      I think she will be doing another course later in the year, which will probably be very good as all the “wrinkles” with a NING classroom will be ironed out.

      I hope to post more about how I get on on An Artists Garden Studio, which is languishing in the doldrums just now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      So lovely to “see” you and Happy New Year

      January 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

  8. The course looks interesting and the website looks very approachable. I’ll be interested to see if you find it enjoyable and instructive. I should make the effort to do something to improve my scant knowledge of editing (and fiddling) with digital pics. As I haven’t made this a New Years resolution I may have some chance of making progress ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    • Hi Easygardener, DJ is an artist whose work I admire but there always limitations with doing an online course – I will report back at the end and probably be posting the images I create on my STUDIO blog

      January 11, 2010 at 11:21 pm

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