Creating a buzz

Art, Photography, Poetry

4th September 2018

#Beeinthecity #Manchester #Buzz

A poem in honour of those colourful bees currently nesting in my city

The hive will be in Gtr Manchester till 23rd September – it’s well worth a visit.

(for those who haven’t read my #beeinthecity posts – they’re artworks!)

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Banks-B , #Beeinthecity on Manchester’s Market Street

The hive arrived
Home for some bees
With artistic flair

Swarming around
City streets, with a
Hint of colour

Covering the sights
Of the county
North to south

Bringing smiles
From Salford’s quayside
To Manchester’s airport

Colourful Swarm

Art, Arts, Poetry

#beeinthecity

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brought out of the hive

everyone is smiling at them…

each one bringing colour to the street

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if you walk  through the city, you’ll see

numbers of them by

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the terraced areas of the city, their

hive now used by the residents to soak up the sun

each bee happy of the attention they get

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Ludwig Van Bee-thoven

Congregated in well known areas, the

Insects bring a smile to

Those who pass by,

Yelling to the youngsters – “You al’right our kid” ?

Getting crafty

Art

Salford, Wednesday 8th August

#crafts #stamps #art #ink

Returning to a craft, I enjoyed doing.

The medium…simple enough linoleum, like the stuff mum and dad used to tile the kitchen with, only a lot more plainer than the colourful patterns that contained

My tools, an inked pad, like the ones they had at school, and a carving tool…with attachments you had to treat like a drill

The subject, a common tree leaf, basic as you can find at this time of year, and drawn out onto the linoleum and then cut out

Transferring the design onto the Lino in reverse, came first. Do it the other way you would get a reverse image…and that would just be daft.

You took care with the tool…that thing cutting into the medium could also take out the ends of your fingers. Once finished the carvings went into the bin. Before I did a test run.

Letting the ink form a thin layer on the Lino, before applying just the right amount of pressure to print onto the paper

For a first attempt, it’s not that bad…I’ll be giving it a go with some watercolour to create a picture, later.

Another day, Another Creation

Art, Photography

#Art #Photography

I’ve been pulling the images off my Nikon Camera and shoving them through the various programs on my laptop

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Took this pic of the local tram and put it through Painnt’s randomizer.  Like the ripple effect running through it.

Painnt_Creation_2018-08-02_105409.jpg “Drawing” – Roses in a winebottle

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Pencil drawing from original photo : Rosescove.jpg

Cove : Drawing of a cove in Kos, Greece

Off on another Bee Hunt

Art, Photography, Poetry

Manchester 26th July 2018

#beeinthecity #Manchester #Bee #Travel #art

“We’re going on a bee hunt”….Winnie-the-Pooh in Manchester,  July 2018

I took myself off on a Metrolink today, on the search for more Bees on the #Beesinthecity trail

The tram took me into Manchesters centre…but i stopped at Manchester Central where i spotted the first of my city bees

All of the photographs were taken in the city centre with my Nikon D3100….enjoy!

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Creating a #Buzz at Manchester Central

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Bling Bee outside Manchester Central

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Buzzwig van-Beethoven, outside the Bridgewater Hall

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Buzzi, by the central library

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This is Manchester!

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Rutherford Bee, celebrating science

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Dazzle Bee, in the Atrium of Central Library

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AuBee, outside Piccadilly Station

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Rubee, in Piccadilly Gardens

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Bee United, Outside Old Trafford

#Beeinthecity

The bees have landed

Art, Arts, Photography, Places

#beeinthecity

Salford and Manchester 23rd July

There’s been a swarm of colour land on my home city

Hard working and landing on the landmarks around the place

Bringing a buzz to the neighbourhood!

The bees will bee (deliberate typo) in the surrounding area till the end of august

Check them all out at https://beeinthecitymcr.co.uk/art-trail

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Blue Beeter – at the home of Children’s Bee Bee Cee!

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St Johns Bee – Created by Schoolchildren in Salford and on display in the Lowry

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Diverse-bee and Friends –  created by Withington Girls school and on display in the Lowry

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Beedazzle – at home in the Lowry Outlet

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Gravitbee – landed by the ship canal

#beeinthecity

#beeinthecity Update

17th August – Have been checking out the Little bees that have been added to the trail

Greater Manchester – If there’s any you would like me to photograph – let me know

In the meantime – I’ve found some archive photography from 13 YEARS AGO!

(Good evans I was only a bairn (sic))  – Cowparade was a forerunner to #beeinthecity

and I have one or two photos in the archive should you want to see them.

Applying the Digital Paint,

Art, Art Gallery, Photography

Salford 6th February 2018

This is a photography post with a bit of a difference.

I mean – what do i do with a pic after i’ve taken it ?

With my new Nikon Camera (i use that term very loosely) I can already adapt a photograph thanks to the imaging tools on the camera

OK if i just want to switch the image from Colour to Black and White, and add a bit of Sepia, but what about an artistic angle ?

Here’s an original photo of the Fort at Albufeira in the Algarve, taken with my Sony DSC H-300 Bridge Camera

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It looks good enough – i particularly like the anchor 🙂 but with a few tweeks using my Art Programs i get some lovely effects. This photo was edited with the latest edition of Corel painter essentials, but I also have a copy of adobes photoshop essentials to hand, should I want to create any layered effects.

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Here’s the same photograph using an oil effect – very impressionist……

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Here’s the photo using what Corel call a “Coloured Pencil” Effect

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and here’s one using a “Modern” paint effect

They’re all a bit abstract in their way but they produced some great artwork!

Stained Glass Window

Art, Arts, BASIC, Places, Pleasures, Poetry, Religion

Salford 18th September

Poem borrowed from my page at Allpoetry.com

A tale a bit crafty, a bit religious, but all by me

Artwork created at Craft Sessions at Brain & Spinal Injury Charity in Salford.

 

 

As the Sun comes up,

its light shines through

the panels of coloured glass

angling the now coloured light

painting a picture,

of scenes on a floor

And as the sun shines,

through that brightly coloured window

reds cast with yellows

and greens cast with blues

as molten lead holds on tightly,

keeping the picture alive

 

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Enter a caption

 

 

Priceless

Art

Salford 3rd September 2017

Priceless

its interesting the way things are valued

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I’ve returned to this pic i took at the local art gallery, currently displaying some pieces from the Pilkington factory, once of Salford, now St. Helens.

Of course , every item has its price tag.  There is a replacement value for Insurance purposes….initial cost of production….blah blah.

The artist will want their recognition of course, the irony ? Their work’s rises upon death – thanks to some VERY Shrewd investors.

But the cost to replace the artwork – is priceless – for it would take a great deal of time, skill and blood sweat and tears to replace the artwork behind the glass panel.  And once the artisan has passed, you could copy his/her work…but it would never match the original….it would be a pale imitation

drop it….and it might get its value back….buried and recovered decades later….

So, with that in mind – here’s a pic of a local northern landmark from a local artist (you might know him, you’re reading his stuff!!!) – lets call it £10 for a print

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