Monday, 30 July 2012

PEACOCK COLOURS

Last weekend we took my eldest step-son, who has autism, to Staunton Country Park (near Havant).  He happily fed the animals and I happily photographed this handsome fellow - well he's handsome from the front but his tail was a disaster!   He seemed so used to people that I'm sure he was posing for me!



One of my favourite colour combinations - blue and green - and no, they aren't false nails, they are beetle wing cases!


I am linking to Color Me Weekly and Mosaic Monday.

Since trying to send specific information to a blog friend a few weeks ago, and it kept failing, I have discovered another three people who aren't receiving emails if I send them by clicking the reply button in my mail box.

I don't reply to every comment by email as I would have no time left for blogging! But I can only apologise if you haven't been receiving the odd little email from me, commenting back on something you said or thanking you for dropping by.   

So here's another big thank you to everyone who visits and takes the time to leave kind and supportive comments - each and every one is truly appreciated.



17 comments:

  1. Beautiful blue tones...I looove the feathered palette, so creative.

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  2. I love the blues and greens of the peacock too,you have captured the colours so well in your mosaic. Those beetle wing cases are amazing there are such beautiful colours in nature.
    It was interesting to see your comments on replying to peoples questions. I have been wondering if my replies have been delivered when replying from my mailbox and I wonder if I leave a reply in the comment box on my own blog if the person may will visit that post again to see the reply. Now, where ever possible I leave a reply on the other persons blog and hope they read there own comments.

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  3. I adore that colour combination as well. I LOVE this week's mosaic, it is stunning. Those beetle wing cases are something else, they have the most amazing colours and shimmer.

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  4. What a beautiful bird!

    And don't worry about replying to my comments, I know that you stop by my blog from time to time, and that is enough for me. Plus I come here to see your pictures :)

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  5. ...oooo what a striking montage you have put together Diana, peacocks are incredible creatures, their plumage is the most stiking colourway & the blues and green are so vivid in their depth...gorgeous...Mel :)

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  6. Diana,I think peacocks are just amazing,I've wanted a chicken coop/yard with all kinds of fowl and defiantly peacocks,oh to dream,some day...Your mosaic is sooo colorful and pretty.Thanks for visiting me too!!

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  7. Such gorgeous colors - blues and greens are my favorite too, and that blue of his chest is just stunning. He doesn't appear to have let the mess that are his tail feathers affect his ego! And please, no worries about ever replying to me!

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  8. Gorgeous colors!

    You have to check the actual email address when you reply to blogger comments from your email. Many comments I receive and try to reply to directly have the email address noreply-comment@blogger.com. Either they have opted not to share their email or something else is the problem; I am not sure what does it. (I could have replied directly to your comment, so no problems there...) Maybe you could check with your friend and see if she has her email as part of her profile?

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  9. I love those peacock colours with the feather palette and the other bits you've included in the collage aswell. I've never heard of beetle wing cases before.

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  10. OOOOOH I LOVE IT! Your photos are gorgeous as always, and this is one of my favorite color combinations, too. Not that I use it much, because I tend to get stuck in a rut with what colors I use in my art, but it's one that I love to look at. Thank you for the regular dose of eye candy!

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  11. Well of course they are beetle wing cases.... we knew that (!)

    I blame the bad weather for his poorly conditioned tail.... other than that he is totally gorgeous.

    Sounds like a fun day...

    Karenx

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  12. I adore peacock feathers, Diana. When we went on holiday to Kent a couple of years ago (my very first blog posts!!) there was an absolutely stunning one at Leeds Castle and he posed for me so I could take loads of photos. My sister gave me some peacock feathers recently and I've been examining them again. It's fascinating that their wonderful colours are nothing to do with pigments, but they are caused by diffraction of the light into its constituent rainbow colours, as are the beetle and butterfly wings in your lovely photos. I have been thinking about incorporating these colours into my art recently, especially since I got my new Perfect Pearls, some of which are dichroic, and behave in the same way as these incredible natural forms.

    Thanks for sharing - I love the palettes you make!

    Shoshi

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  13. Thanks for your lovely comment, Diana, and I'm so glad you like my recent work! I did the faux porcelain on my blog: http://shoshiplatypus.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/faux-porcelain-sentiments.html and you can find a link in that post for Splitcoast Stampers and their tutorial, which I followed (with some modification because I didn't have all the stuff). It's a really cool effect, and great fun to do!

    I have recently discovered the wonderful mixed media artist Jennibellie on Youtube (and subsequently her blog) and am thrilled that she's another recycler and non-waster of materials - an extreme case lol! I'm thinking of doing a blog post about her as she's great - she comes across as a lovely person too, and her work is amazing, what she creates out of rubbish! I'm definitely going to do some blog posts about using rubbish. She always works on a large sheet of paper which is then used for other things - very impressive - she did a video about it and showed just how much we waste doing a single project - all the ink we clean off stamps, getting pens to work, etc. I'm definitely going to start doing this.

    The 80th birthday card went down very well - she loved it, as did everyone else who saw it. I pointed out the faux porcelain to someone and they said they thought it was real porcelain! My hubby thought the kitchen paper background inside was fabric to start with. It's amazing the effects you can get, isn't it.

    Your comments are so kind and encouraging! I'm really glad you enjoy visiting my blog. The feeling is mutual! I am very flattered, because you have had formal art training and really know what you are talking about. I'm just a graduate of the University of Life, picking up stuff as I go along and enjoying using my imagination and creativity in a totally undisciplined way - they'd probably have chucked me out of art college for wanting to do my own thing all the time lol!!

    Off to see some more London Lympics as the Aussies have dubbed them. If they were ever hosted in Dublin, I suppose they'd be the Dublin O'Lympics?

    Shoshi

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  14. Magnificent photos! Your blues are so vibrant- you have even captured metallics well- which a real challenge for me!

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  15. Thank you for taking the time to drop by my posting of color palettes...a first for me. But you are obviously a PRO! You did a fantastic job, love the light and airy strokes of color. Plus your entire post was very enjoyable to read. Peacocks are simply sublime....glorious beyond our imagination. And your photography captured their essence beautifully. Great work. smiles: sharon

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