February flew by in an instant but I still managed to capture lot’s of great things along the way. In my last I saw this and thought post I noted that Spring was slowly starting to arrive. Well in February, it arrived in abundance! Flowers were in full bloom, colourful fruit and veg were on display and the skies shone bright. This was perfect and resulted in me taking a fair few food and flower photos, purely by coincidence of course!
Hello November, I can’t quite believe you’re here already. I woke up this morning thinking ‘how has it got to November so soon?’ But then I started to think about all the things I love about this month…
The misty dark nights that make you feel cosy.
Bonfire night and the smell of fireworks in the air.
Big scarves and wooly hats.
Bright blue skies that fool you into thinking it’s warmer than it actually is.
We’re slowly moving into the depths of Winter.
The colours, oh the beautiful, crisp colours that nature offers.
And finally… the anticipation of Christmas, without wishing the month away. November, I’m pleased to see you.
What’s your favourite month?
After a very grey, dull week I thought I’d bring a little color into our Friday with this colourful Zebra Finch illustration by Pete Cromer
Happy weekend x
I wanted to share a couple of colours that are inspiring me at the moment; Pink and Black. These colours have just come out of nowhere and I can’t get enough of them, you’ve probably seen me pin a few on Pinterest over the past few weeks. I love the two strong colours contrasting against each other, and I feel there may be a few designs with vivid pink and black popping up in the coming weeks!
What colour combinations have been inspiring you recently?
Spring is most definitely here and it has brought an abundance of colour and flowers with it, which has meant for lots of flower photos over on my Instagram feed. In between the flowers I also captured animals and food…
Last week I posted my first instalment in this month’s Artist of the Month series, featuring Neon Workshops. In this second part I’ll be showing you their work and explaining how they create these bright neon designs
At the moment Richard is exhibiting his latest work; Beautiful Hazards in the Neon Workshops gallery space. The exhibition concentrates on Richard’s interest with industrial hazard graphics and features both neon and mixed media.
The exhibition runs until 15th March, so you still have time to catch this great work.
There is a lot of time, effort and skill that goes into creating these pieces, along with a little touch of alchemy to add to the effect. Once a design has been decided, the real hard work begins. Shaping and cutting the glass over 800 degree heat is no mean feat, especially when there are no gloves! Then you have to carefully blow into the glass tube to stop it from buckling under the heat, but don’t inhale, otherwise your design will become deflated and imploding!
Next comes the fusing, where the electrodes are fused onto the ends of the neon, and to do this you need an electron bombarder, a machine that uses 20,000 volts to pump helium into the neon, creating a vacuum so you can then add your choice of gas depending on what colour you’d like your design to be. To begin with all neon lights emit an orange light…
and by adding different chemicals and gases other colours are created; adding hydrogen will give you red and a touch of mercury will give you a beautiful blue hue.
The list of colours and designs are endless, and with a little bot of imagination, there is nothing you can’t create with neon.
I’ve been wanting to share these copper and blue colours for a while now, so I thought why not now? It will brighten up your Monday and hopefully ignite inspiration, like it did for me.
This colour combination post was sparked by the wonderful copper pot with the blue embroidery at the top. I’ve never thought of fusing these two colours together, but when I saw this photo, I knew I had to do a Love Colour post, especially as I have a huge copper crush at the moment!