And I had the opportunity to really have a good chuckle this morning after realizing that the skinny page I had made for Frieda on Vienna - well, it was a a V city but, not quite Austria - but VENICE! Hmmm... is this a new form of dyslexia? Or just another brain cramp? Luckily, there is still time as I have until the end of January to finish her page. Here's a glimpse of what I've managed to accomplish this far (again thanks to the public domain for these images...) Now not only have I had the motivation to do some arm chair travelling through Vienna, I now had a great history lesson on Venice this morning!
Above are the very beginning of the pages I created digitally. I have printed them onto fabric and will now begin embellishing them with machine and hand stitching.... and perhaps some gold to reflect a the ornate "byzantine" feel. I wanted to also add some Renaissance art , since Venice to me is a city that played a central role in the history of the Renaissance period. As well, whenever I think of Venice, I think immediately of the canals and the byzantine and gothic architecture. Venice was one of my mother's favorite European cities and she had a beautifully ornate and carved jewelry chest she brought home from a trip she and my Dad took in the early 1970's.
They say there are no accidents. I think that's true in this case. Yesterday, and before I discovered my goofy mistake I went for a visit to Frieda's blog and was inspired by her daily BLIPS. So much so, that I decided to start BLIPPING myself! Daily. Starting today. Had I not visited Frieda's blog, like you, I too would be asking myself...what the b l i p is a blip? The answer lies buried in Frieda's blog or if you are in a hurry - here's a link for you!
Let me know if you start to BLIP? I think it's an extraordinary way for anyone to tighten up on their photography skills plus it provides a good excuse to stop, breathe, appreciate nature and enjoy the moment.
For me, I am very close to purchasing a new DSLR camera and so, this will also give me an added reason to be even more snap happy..
Onto my blip today - dedicated to Frieda of course. It is taken at the edge of our property which backs onto the coulees with a very very very distant view of the Rocky Mountains.
Thank you Frieda - had I not discovered your daily blipping, I would have probably stayed indoors today, and missed the beautiful sunshine and crispness on a fresh winter's day and the many benefits of some exercise and nature at its coolest!
Blip 1 - The Coulees - Lethbridge, Alberta -facing west - in the distance, the west side of Lethbridge and the Rocky Mountains - Jan 11 - temperature - minus 21C