Sunday, 13 June 2010


I learned a valuable lesson yesterday - if you would like to take good photographs, in fact ANY photographs, make sure you put the battery in your camera before leaving the house.  Imagine my surprise when, having arrived at our destination,  the camera wouldn't switch imagine what was said when I realised why!

Oh well, as Homer says, "I am so smart, S.M.R.T, d'oh, S.M.A.R.T."

To catch up on previous posts, I have finished reading Dracula and am kind of in between books at the minute.  There are quite a few on the bedside table which are on the must read list, but I can't really settle to any of them at the moment.  Instead I've been dipping into essays by James Thurber which have been known to make me cry with laughter.  If you haven't come across Thurber, I highly recommend his stories and cartoons.  Here is a list of Thurber's books on Amazon.

Creativity Boot Camp is still going strong and there have been some challenging prompts!  My brain is starting to hurt a little, but that's because parts of it are being used that have been inactive for a long time.

Anyway, the prompt on Day 6 was fluid.  This is my image

Day 7's prompt was fly.  This became a little more difficult because of the no battery situation when we were out!  However, I collected some fallen petals, leaves and flower heads and for the first time in YEARS made a collage.  This is it (after messing about on picnik)

Day 8 has been much more fun.  The image came much more easily this time, because the prompt was ornament - there are such a lot of different bits and pieces that I have collected since childhood that have enormous sentimental value, even though some are a bit the worse for wear.  The finished article 

was so much fun to do and of course took much longer because of having to look through EVEYTHING, and remember where I had got them.  Look here for a list of what the different items in the collage are.


  1. Wow, you are really demonstrating a lot of imagination, creativity, and sense of wonderment in your boot camp projects. These are great!
    Haha, I have done almost the same thing before; pulled the CF out of the camera and left it in the computer then left with no card in the camera bag. I try now to make sure there's at least one extra CF and at least one extra battery in the bag at all times! :)

  2. I haven't done that(yet)but have had camera batteries die on me and not had spares!
    It's a long time since I read Thurber! Following your mention I'll have to put him back on my(long)to read list!
    I'm enjoying your results of the CBC prompts.
    Flighty xx

  3. Mark, I'm glad you like the images; it's a good opportunity to try different things, and to look at projects in different ways. It's fun :)

    Flighty, that's the first time it's happened to me and hopefully the last. I blamed Mr Pugh as we were rushing out to his parents :) I'm glad you like the results of CBC.
    Linda x

  4. Mark, I forgot to thank you for the Simpsons link. My favourite is definitely the wheel of d'ohtune :)

  5. i admire your creativity. i struggle on some days to come up with an artistic expression of the prompt word. when i see what others do it inspires me to think outside the box and i'm working on it. i love your interpretations. very nice.

  6. Your fly collage/image is an inspiration!

    Let me know what you think of The Apostle. :)

  7. I have LOVED finding your blog, Griselda...and seeing that you are already acquainted with my sister, Ruth. It really is a small world, isn't it! She was the one who put me onto Picnik a couple months ago...exactly what the doctor ordered and I love what you're doing with it, too. My photoblog is the one at Shutterchance (which is the one I use at Vision & Verb) but my Blogspot blog is this one. Thanks again for your support of us at V&V!

  8. I love your collage for "Fly" what a fantastic idea!