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Artist Uses Real Pressed Flowers to Create Delicate Animal Illustrations via My Modern Met

June 15th, 2020 Comments off

British artist Helen Ahpornsiri brings whole new meaning to botanical illustration with her incredible artwork made from pressed flowers and leaves. Her delicate compositions depict the diversity of the natural world, from mammals and birds to insects and sea creatures.

 
Using real flowers, petals, stems, and leaves, Ahpornsiri responsibly forages her materials from her own garden and local nature spots. Each botanical component is carefully chosen to celebrate its natural form, and in some works, the artist even uses specific components to correspond with her subject’s natural habitat. In one piece, a seahorse is crafted from tiny pieces of red marine algae, and in another, a majestic blue whale is made entirely from pressed seaweed. “The marine algae I use is foraged from beaches on the south coast of England,” Ahpornsiri reveals. “I search for loose pieces of marine algae along strandlines and in rockpools, especially after stormy seas, to avoid being disruptive to the surrounding ecosystem.”

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June 14th, 2020 Comments off

How to Create a Photogram Effect with a Digital Process via Digital Photography School

June 13th, 2020 Comments off
One of the first photographic processes I learned was how to make a photogram. Since then, I’ve often wondered if a digital process could adequately mimic the appearance of the finished photogram aesthetic. The difference between the original and digital processes means that the results of any digital technique can’t really be called a photogram as such (I’ll call it a photogram effect). Nevertheless, there are digital processes that do hearken back to the appearance of the photogram.
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Spotted Leaf via Instagram

June 13th, 2020 Comments off

Spotted Leaf

Spotted Leaf via Instagram

Sitting in the sun today

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Mums in the garden via Instagram

June 11th, 2020 Comments off

Mums in the garden

Mums in the garden via Instagram

The yellow mums in a container in the back garden are blooming again. I had to move them to a shadier spot as the sun and heat were baking them each day. Now they look really good.

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Home School: Film Adaptations of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol via Gresham College on YouTube

June 9th, 2020 Comments off

Home School: Film Adaptations of Dickens' A Christmas Carol via Gresham College on YouTube

How do the different film versions of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol reflect the politics and culture of their own particular times?

A lecture by Dr Christine L. Corton, Wolfson College Cambridge
10 December 2019 6PM GMT

A Christmas Carol (1843) is the most filmed and televised of Dickens’ works. Many will warmly remember the 1951 Alastair Sim version, but how many are aware of A Carol for Another Christmas (1964), a propaganda film produced in support of the UN, or The Passions of Carol (1975), which attempted to highlight the evil of the pornographic industry? How do the different versions reflect the politics and culture of their own particular times? What makes a good Carol movie? Is it truth to the original or is it something else?

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A Christmas Carol: With Original Illustrations In Full Color
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Day 90 via Instagram

June 9th, 2020 Comments off

Day 90

Day 90 via Instagram

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Homemade Pizza 🍕via Instagram

June 8th, 2020 Comments off

Home School: Archeologists Unearth Ancient Roman Mosaic Under a Vineyard via My Modern Met

June 7th, 2020 Comments off
Archeologists Unearth Ancient Roman Mosaic Under a Vineyard via My Modern Met

Thanks to Italy’s rich history, if you dig a little bit you’re sure to find something special—even in unexpected places. This was made clear in Verona, where the city has been excavating a privately owned vineyard since the fall. And now, their hard work has paid off as archaeologists have uncovered a pristine mosaic floor dating back to the 1st century CE.

It’s an incredible find in an area that’s long been recognized to house treasures from ancient Rome. In fact, according to local sources, the land was known to sit on top of Roman artifacts since at 19th century. Some mosaics, which are on display in a city museum, were already excavated from the site in the 1960s.

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Crow and Clouds via Instagram

June 3rd, 2020 Comments off

Crow and Clouds

Crow and Clouds via Instagram

The crows have been visiting the garden more as human activity has slowed elsewhere. This one joined me as I sat in the garden a few days ago.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America, Fourth Edition (Revised)

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