“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


Vines, chipped paint & spider

Boy, I am gonna milk this technique for all it's worth. I really like it. It mixes photography in with painting & I'm loving it more & more. I know photography purists would just be rolling their eyes, but I don't care. I'm not pretending to be a photographer. This is all about my vision, dontcha know. (How vain does that sound?)

In keeping with my plan (I mentioned it before, a few weeks back - the week of the humiliating pink chair incident), I am looking at things. Really looking. And really starting to see. These are vines that hang outside the building we rent for our photo business. The yellow-y bits (doesn't that sound like a line from Bridget Jones?) are where paint has been pulled off the building by these vines (don't they look like flowers? - the yellow-y bits, I mean) & the dragonfly looking bits (I'm starting to like saying bits) are the pulled off paint stuck to the vines. Aren't they beautiful? And in the lower left hand corner you can just make out a bit (!!!) of a spider - a dead one, flattened like Wile E. Coyote under a steamroller or giant truck or boulder. Isn't he beautiful?? (The spider I mean.) Okay, maybe I'm pushing it, but, really, it's amazing what's out there if you really look around. On the other side of the building I found a couple of blackberry or dewberry vines (I can't tell the difference - my mother would be so ashamed) with teeny little berries already growing. Not enough to really eat unless you were really starving, but I'm gonna keep on eye on them & eat them all up anyway!

Ferris Bueller
: "Life goes by pretty fast. If you don't stop & look around once in a while, you could miss it."

And PS - If you click the Ferris Buller link above - you can't make this stuff up - it will take you to Ferris Bueller: The Best Bits. !! A little serendipity yet again.


  1. Those vines remind me of a trumpet vine....spiders are definitely NOT beautiful...YUCK! But I am very glad that you are starting to SEE! I like the way you are making it look like art with the photography. It is your unique spin. Who cares what others think of it?

  2. I love this technique! However it is that you are mixing painting and photography. I have been slowy but surely evovlgin in a direction that combines all the mediums I love to do...
    And, I just love your blog! It makes me happy!

  3. Paula - I'm so glad you like this. I m starting to change the way I work at it, and I really like it, but I was thinking I was the only one who did. And while that's OKAY, it's still nice to have someone else like it too!

    And so glad you like my blog! I had a little more time this a.m. to check out yours & was knocked out by lots of your stuff. You've been added to my Love It list - hope that's okay!


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