From Yardwork to Artwork: Collage


Collage of today’s pruned camellia branches together with past watercolor studies.

Waste not want not

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they’re back!

This year our camellias are more beautiful and abundant than ever
and with them my camelliaddiction has returned, as you can see 🙂

Those of you who know of my camelliaddiction will understand my pleasure at the opening of the first camellia bud of 2017 resplendent in amongst the dense shrubbery, which will soon be sparkling with more glorious white blooms than ever this year. Stay tuned 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract 2

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camelliabstract I

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camelliabstract II

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camelliabstract III


For this week’s Discover Challenge: Perspective Ben states “We each inhabit a specific vantage point from which we blog” and asks What’s yours? As those of you who follow my blog will know my vantage point is always both visual and written, so in response to Ben’s question I thought I would express my camelliaddiction once again today with pen, ink, watercolor and photography, with one final image that is clearly very much about perspective.

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camellia studies 31.3.16

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WPC: Half-Light 2 continued…

I thought I would add a follow up to yesterday’s post, inspired by The Lady of the Camellias for the photo challenge Half-Light, as these camellias are just too spectacular not to share.

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“The theme of The Lady of the Camellias is a love story between Marguerite Gautier, a “demi-mondaine” (“courtisane” in the original French, i.e., a woman “kept” by various lovers, frequently more than one at a time) suffering from tuberculosis, and a young provincial bourgeois, Armand Duval. The narration of the love story is told by Duval himself to the (unnamed) narrator of the book. She is named as the Lady of the Camellias because she wears a white camellia when she is available to her lover(s) and a red one when her delicate condition precludes making love.”   Wikepedia

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light 2


My beautiful camellia bushes are flowering once again, which is why I couldn’t resist a second response to Krista’s challenge for this week’s photo challenge “to share a photo inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story.” This one is of course inspired by Alexander Dumas’s novel La Dame aux Camélias.

Looks like my camelliaddiction is back.