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Camera obscura Jerez Spain

While I was in Spain I was lucky enough to visit, Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera, I was so excited when I found out they had a camera obscura, first I’ve never seen one and having studied it in art in the survey of western art I was quite surprised how large this one was, it had a lens at the top and so it magnified the city scape onto this beautiful white disk below and we stood in the dark on top of the castle and it was really quite an extraordinary exciting events for me

Below you can see how the Tour guide is playing with the card, allows the image of the person to walk up onto the card and put him down again it was delightfully fun

Camera Obscura

I wonder if it would be like an artist today using a photo projector and projecting an image on the wall and then drawing it.

Do you think that would that be the equivalent what are your thoughts onit? Fascinating idea, it is a kind of a cheating but also very clever…

Sometimes when I use my iPad I feel like I’m cheating; however, I’ve had years of drawing and years of experience as a painter, drawing on the iPad is like drawing on paper so is there a difference. Maybe the difference just in a finished piece that you print out later. You have a photo or poster, rather than brush strokes on a canvas?

Another question; Would having a photograph or a poster created from an iPad make a difference to you as a finished piece?

More about how the old masters used this technique

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Suzanne M. Clements

Suzanne M. Clements is a working studio artist and muse currently based in Bridport, Dorset, UK. Born in River Vale, New Jersey, USA, Suzanne majored in Studio Art at Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, USA. She has lived and worked in New York and Arizona as well as Oxford, Devon and Dorset. Her work is inspired by nature and the human condition. As a studio artist Suzanne uses watercolours, photography, acrylics and ink to give voice to the natural world around her

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More on Songs of the Birch

Started a new painting today,

back to my depictions of the beautiful sacred birch trees.

This one came spilling out,

end of summer and into the autumn

In each painting I use different songs and different words of Mr Wright’s songs are revealed on the birch trees.

In this one I wanted more sky and always find it difficult once you start working through the ticket.

Close up below

I feel like I’m coming to the end of this series, with just a few pages of Mr Wright’s music book left.

One thing that struck me though I wondered how it would look in black and white, so maybe I have to try that.

Here are some of the original

Pages from the book

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Visiting Les Potirons -Foxgloves

Foxgloves taken at St James Church, Exeter at celebration days before our trip to Jersey. We went to a 50th year celebration for our dear friends and I saw these beautiful foxgloves in the church yard and had to get some close ups and try to study them.

The next day we’re off to revisit the island of Jersey near the coast of France, little did I know we were going to a farm called Les Potirons

Ferry to Jersey

Dolphins diving

Jersey cows

The windmill

The tractors on the beach

The Farm at St Marys

We had a delightful visit and talked about Family visits dating back to 1961

It seemed time stood still with no internet or computers

Tim and Graham

Thank you for a wonderful visit!

Study Nature every thing else seems a waste

Full article from Brainpicking.org

Pythagoras, quoted in Simon Singh’s altogether fascinating Fermat’s Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World’s Greatest Mathematical Problem (public library), replies:

” Life… may well be compared with these public Games for in the vast crowd assembled here some are attracted by the acquisition of gain, others are led on by the hopes and ambitions of fame and glory. But among them there are a few who have come to observe and to understand all that passes here.

It is the same with life. Some are influenced by the love of wealth while others are blindly led on by the mad fever for power and domination, but the finest type of man gives himself up to discovering the meaning and purpose of life itself. He seeks to uncover the secrets of nature. This is the man I call a philosopher for although no man is completely wise in all respects, he can love wisdom as the key to nature’s secrets. ”

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Having learned from some of the greats, studying Scientists, Artists, Creators and Designers they all seem to eventually turn to Nature.

It seems that in enduring life and it’s traumas and it’s majesty, people like Frank Loyd Wright, was Erickson, Emily Dickinson and so so many others

is our instinct I always wonder where is there something more magical and mystical that presents itself to us on this great earth love this quote thank you Breen picking you always lift my thoughts up to higher places Suzanne