Swoosh …


… into the new decade with a view of Godrevy lighthouse taken a couple of months ago when ChillB and I had a few days down in Cornwall .

Whatever the weather let’s go to Godrevy has become a thing .

No matter how many times we’ve photographed this lighthouse in front of a pink tinged dawn sky or lack of … billowing moody clouds or lack of … a pounding aqua-streaked surf or lack of , it never fails to make an impression .

The ocean really calls and speaks to me in more ways than any other kind of photography . I’m always seeking and hopeful there’ll be a shot that ‘feels’ just right, that it has captured the scene I had in mind, and most importantly it’s come together technically . It still requires quite a mental workout for me πŸ˜‰ using filters/timings/different lenses to achieve this.

It can be a tall order trying to balance my excitement and enjoyment observing how swiftly light changes, taking note how a rapidly falling tide reveals new elements and then incoming waves of rising tides … oh yes THE WAVES indeed .. plenty of whooo moments as I click the shutter LolΒ 

Another challenge is it’s been so long since I tackled making something of RAW images , but seeing the tools are right here sitting idle on my desktop there’s no excuse,Β  I’m ready to spend some time re learning it all .

Much fun had as always on these trips, when the weather didn’t play nicely we clocked up a few miles in what ChillB called *pastygate* ha … I’m sure one of us will tell all another time πŸ˜‰

Watercolours, sketching and art is happening more frequently round the table @No4. New techniques, materials and colours unfold varying levels of *eeek when making those first swashes across a sheet of blank pristine paper … needless to say results are unpredictable !

Plain ordinary phone snaps add more colour, depth, and definition without any filter jiggery pokery for sure … how to paint more vibrantly amongst other things in actual reality is my goal .

Here then is a phone snap of a few arty experiments from the last year .


I’ve still visions of sitting on the cliff of the Cornish coast capturing that elemental energy of the sea and changing mood of the sky . Maybe 2020 will bring that opportunity πŸ™‚

Meanwhile … to help me forward through my next posts maybe an A-Z medley of images from travels /sketches and such like might be the thing … a literal interpretation, abstract or maybe an emotion . I’ll have to think about it a little … plus whether this particular WP theme is the one for me .

I’ll need to sharpen up, find my voice and typing skills as boy this has taken an age of days to put together …

Happy new year ! … if it’s not too late to send out those wishes xx

21 thoughts on “Swoosh …

  1. Happiness is a Poppypost…your writing is vibrant and full of fresh air. No, there is no excuse, editing from RAW files is so much fun, the possibilities so endless. Every time I learn something new I have to go try it over and over, so I hope you have that experience too. Things do happen fast at the shoreline – changing light, waves crashing, tides rising or falling, it’s a lot to keep track of, especially if you want to make a technically acceptable image. Yeesh! πŸ˜‰ But you did it, that’s a beauty at the top, nicely balanced in every way.
    And the watercolors – you know how they excite me! πŸ™‚ Are you implying that when you took this photo with your phone, the watercolors you made looked more vibrant than in “real life?” Whatever the case, they are really nice. I’m especially drawn to that windswept tree on the far left, and other iterations of it. I like seeing the sketchbook, and seeing your experiments in general. A to Z or whatever framework you use, I look forward to more. Don’t expect perfection, OK? This posting business does take time, I’m with you on that one!! I like this theme, it seems to give you space to play in. Like I said, looking forward to whatever comes next, whenever. πŸ™‚
    Glad you and Chill got together again, always sounds like a wonderful time.


    1. Huge, big thank you happy *smiles Lynn ! You’re so right , repetition is key with trying out editing and processing RAW files , but so often I go down the proverbial rabbit hole with it all, get lost and in a mither as to which variation of an image I think is ‘right’ in my mind . Is it this one .. or this .. or how about ..
      I do begin with a simple workflow, but then I probably make it difficult for myself , fun and infuriating Lol however now I have more of a reason to crack on with it .
      As to the watercolours taken on my phone ,yes they do seem more vibrant and have punch , I’ve been told it’s because of the back lit screen . Before my phone I used to use my camera – must look into it . I’ll take your very good advice and thoughts about it all Lynn and take my time , thanks once again for your encouragement x
      ChillB and I have had some great fun trips and visits out since he moved much nearer but a jolly to Cornwall is always special πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks very much Tina, I really appreciate you taking a look and leaving such a lovely comment πŸ™‚
      I agree with your sentiments on time Lol you’re sure to be kept ultra busy running the Photography Challenge you head up with others apart from seeking out new photos ops AND raiding the archives .. Phew . Here’s to a nicely s t r e t c h e d out new year for us all πŸ™‚


  2. Ah, the atmosphere! Those wild oceans have such a pull don’t they, especially at one or other end of the day. Wonderful colours. You have been very productive with your painting and drawing Poppy, it is so good to see! I love the glimpse of your sketchbook in the bottom corner. And pastygate does sound intriguing … nothing like a real Cornish pasty in Cornwall of course …! Just lovely to see you here again – I hope there will be many more!

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    1. Thanks very much Anna , I’m so happy you caught some of that atmosphere πŸ™‚
      When I went through the pile of paper and experiments I was myself quite surprised at the quantity … I tend to paint and put aside especially as I work at the dining room table . The sketchbook is very handy for playing with ideas and watercolour ‘notes’ and certainly not as daunting as that blank page . It made me smile seeing your Fungi post, having attempted the Fly Agaric after my woodland walk back in the Autumn.
      I think I’ve needed a certain amount push and a bit more oomph to get on with everything, the beginning of 2020 feels right .
      Thanks once again Anna .. lovely encouragement as always !

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  3. Swoosh and you are back Poppy, a lovely surprise made my morning, adore the art work, love the loose flowing effect of the tree. Is it pen and wash or have you got a lovely fine line brush. What a coincidence you and Jude with the same lighthouse featured. Looking forward to seeing more… thanking jo for the link in Jude’s post

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    1. Hello Pauline, you made me smile and thank you … I think it’ll be good for me to be a little more productive and creative in 2020 .
      Well, that’s the plan πŸ˜‰
      The trees are painted with a combination of watercolours inks and pencils Pauline, branches and twigs were made with a fine rigger brush but also the end of my paintbrush to make scratchy markings drawing the paint across the paper . The windswept wild hawthorn trees holding tight along walls and lanes in Cornwall were my inspiration . A lovely book by artist Ann Blockley helped a great deal with loosening up techniques and ideas … it’s easy to become obsessed with a theme , and buying new materials Lol

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      1. I’m trying to be looser with my art I am quite tight and structured Jack’s art flows. I agree about getting obsessed and the buying new materials…

        Looking forward to seeing more of your posts, bring them onπŸŽ¨πŸ‘

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    1. Thank you Jude, it’ll take awhile to get the hang of it all again I think .
      Godrevy … ah yes it IS a lovely lighthouse … with many admirers !
      Yes of course Jude, I’ll be sure to give your love to Adrian x

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  4. Well, blow me down! Look who I’ve found in my Reader πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    I thought at first that this was an entry for Jude’s new photo challenge. She has a very different but equally beguiling shot of Godrevy, but it’s on her doorstep, more or less. Of your paintings I like top left best, and I think this theme works well. Wishing you an equally happy, healthy and fulfilled year πŸ™‚


    1. πŸ™‚ turning up like …
      Lovely you popped in Jo and thanks for your thoughts all round .
      I’ve been working like a demented demon on this post for days Lol … not yet seen Jude’s photo challenge .. gosh , that’s a funny co-incidence then it being about Godrevy . Must take a look .. I’m not all up together in keeping with new posts yet .
      Here’s to a good 2020 ! You’ll no doubt have more sunshine than us πŸ˜›


  5. Wonderful to see you here again, dear Poppy. Better late than never. πŸ™‚ Your amazing shot of the lighthouse standing back between the waves and the sky is quite breathtaking. I’m looking forward to seeing whatever you have to offer this year. Don’t take such a long break again and give my kind regards to ChillB, xx


    1. Thanks so much Sylvia ! It’s a great subject .. I know you love your lighthouses too πŸ˜‰ I wonder what it is about them that draws us in . Fortunately that’s not so with sailors and fishermen Lol
      And … yes of course .. I’ll definitely pass on your kind thoughts to ChillB xx

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