Relax and kick back by all means, but please keep being creative …

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Rain on the lens.  How amateurish!  But I quite like the effect.

This was taken a couple of weeks ago on the sea-front at dusk.  The sun was just dropping into the sea and it was worth a ‘point and snap’.  I have to admit I didn’t realise I had water-marks on the lens, hence the dimpled effect.

At the moment I am playing with digital effects on photographs.  They usually look good straight from the camera, but like a child with a paint box I am having great fun tweaking colours and shapes using Picassa, and I am really enjoying some of the effects I am achieving.  It’s engrossing looking at the images, planning and experimenting.

The marketing of my output is a challenge too – in a good way – stretching the brain and the imagination.  We don’t want to make a fortune – just to cover our costs and hopefully have a little extra on the top.

Our shop on ebay is getting good interest and we had lots of sales before Christmas.  January has been quiet, but that is only to be expected.  The up-side of that was that over the last month there was more time for experimenting.  Our latest experiment has been opening a new shop on RedBubble. If you don’t know the site I think you’ll find it well worth a look.  Artists download their images to the site and choose the products the’d like it to appear on.  They produce prints, framed and on canvas, of course, but also t-shirts, hoodies, tablet cases, smart phone cases …  RedBubble do the printing, handle the admin and mailing, and the artists get a cut.  I have got carried away and put a number of designs up on MagsArt. Follow me if you like what your see – although I am happy in my work a little affirmation is always good! You might like to set up your own shop too, and share your creativity.

We’re still working (slowly) at own own website, and I’ll post news when that is ready.

And I have cleaned the lens now, so the next photos were sharper.  I like this one!

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2 comments on “Relax and kick back by all means, but please keep being creative …

  1. Sue Westgate says:

    Hi Margaret,

    You are such a busy bee! Three blogs in two days. I’m impressed. And envious because you are so obviously doing all the things you love to do. Everything seems to be going well and you definitely have an eye for a good picture.

    Keep it coming! It’s lovely to hear your stories.

    All the best,

    Sue

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