Blue Stars And Bright Moons, Delving Into Creating Seamless Repeats.

2015 was a year of working on learning some new skills and improving rusty ones.

One of those skills i wanted to improve was my textile designing and pattern repeats.I decided to teach myself the different techniques for seamless repeats, refresh myself on pattern repeat terminology, and get back into the habit of creating full collections.

I invested in textiles design books and online courses to improve my knowledge where my pattern cutting and fashion design background was lacking.  I found them illuminating and set upon practicing what I was learning.

I decided that my first stop should be to learn how to create seamless repeats using the traditional pen and paper method, and then digitize and clean up after.  This proved to be a slightly more challenging lesson than anticipated.

The method is simple you start with your piece of paper or velum that is either perfectly square or rectangle and you begin your pattern design from the center working outwards. Before getting to the outer edges (how close I go generally depends on my design elements) you cut the paper in half horizontally and then carefully line up the two outer horizontal edges together as if they were the center of the paper and secure them in place. Once secure you then work on those now blank areas that are in the center of your paper.  After that you repeat the process again vertically.   Once your tile is filled up as you intend with pattern details you can scan the paper and edit using image editing software and test the repeats for breaks or unwanted channels and lines.

This process in itself isn’t too tricky.  I found the most difficult part was lining up the paper halves so that when pieced back together they didn’t have breaks or miss alignments in the repeats.   My first three attempts had lines that didn’t meet perfectly and I had to resort to using a software image editing program to edit them back to meeting up perfectly after scanning them.

If you want to read a book that covers this method, I have enjoyed my kindle copy of A field guide to fabric design by Kim Kight.

Spoonflower had announced a contest themed for moon phases back in September and I was itching to enter.  I love the moon and stars and general space themes.  I decided that I was going to use the paper cutting method to create my entry.

For the design idea I had in mind I decided to create it in three layers, mostly for ease of creating more variations but also because I thought it might simplify things when trying this method for the first time.

I broke down those three layers into three elements of my design.

Abstracts swirls to represent space,

creating a swirls seamless repeat pattern using the paper method.

Creating a swirly seamless repeat pattern using the paper method.

Geometric stars,

Geometric stars tile on paper.

Geometric stars tile on paper.

And the moon.

Geometric moon drawing.

Geometric moon drawing.

I had the most trouble with matching up my swirls after cutting the paper and re-taping.  In the end I resorted to using a software app for creating those swirls as after 3 attempts on paper I kept miss-aligning the swirl lines and was quickly running out of time to submit before the contest started.

Four paper tile patterns.

Four paper tile patterns.

Once I was confident in my basic repeat line ups in each layer repeat, I took my digitised tiles,  cleaned them up and edited them to the same size ratio as my digitally created tile for the swirls was different proportions to my paper created repeats.  A lot of my lines lost some bulk in the clean up process so I did some touch ups with the brush pen to re draw any broken lines in the same colour as the pen lines.  Otherwise I think I did really well on the moon and stars paper repeats considering it was my first time using the paper and cut method.

When I finished each layer I was able to create three repeat pattern variations with them and fill them in with my chosen colour palette.

Space swirls blue tile.

Space swirls blue tile.

Starry sky monochrome textile pattern.

Starry sky monochrome textile pattern.

Blue stars, bright moons.

Blue stars, bright moons.

 

In order to create a full collection I have created different colour ways for each repeat that pull from the same colour palette.

A different colour way of the starry night sky.

A different colour way of the starry night sky.

A yellow moon colour way of Blue stars and bright moons.

A yellow moon colour way of Blue stars and bright moons.

I have also created some co ordinate patterns from smaller more concise design elements in the main designs.

Starry night Kaleidoscope.

Starry night Kaleidoscope.

Moon flowers.

Moon flowers.

Luna Love in Blue textiles collection.

Luna Love in Blue textiles collection.

The ultimate goal for this project was to learn a new skill, perfect old ones and create a full collection of seamless repeat patterns for textiles that consisted of a properly edited colour palette, and matching focal and co-ordinate prints.  Which overall I think I achieved and I am happy with the result.

Oh and as for the contest entry, I got a lot of compliments and likes and even though I didn’t win, I enjoyed creating the design.

 

This Mantis Is Awesome Sauce

A lot of people have pets. I am no exception. I have always had pets except for when I married my husband… marrying into a family with very bad dander issues my husband and I chose not to have any for a while.  Then last year I decided to get a pet, a particular pet.  Most of the people who have pets have the cute and fluffy kind, not me (though I do like the cute and fluffy and traditionally would opt for those types of pets).  They are beautiful, albeit in an exotic way and perhaps in some eyes cute.  Though to many they are not their cup of tea.  I also think they have their own cuteness.  But again there are a few who don’t share my view.  But there are many out there who surprisingly do share my point of view.  In fact my current choice of pet is actually more popular than you might think.  I currently take part in online world wide communities relating to my pets and their care that are in the 1000’s strong.  From all parts of the world, sharing advice and knowledge on the care and upkeep of these beautiful pets ranging from the absolutely exotic species to the more common and hardy.

I currently have ten of them, and It all started with two oothecas, or as they are often referred to as ooths. One in each tank.  A spike of warm weather and bam we had 200 or so tiny babies. If it’s not completely obvious by now an ootheca is an insect egg case.  The eggs were laid in a type of foam that hardens around them to protect the eggs.  As the eggs hatch the babies work their way out of the ooth.

Ootheca raised on a makeshift tripod/cradle with newly hatched Baby Praying Mantises. At this point they were a matter of hours old if that.

Ootheca raised on a makeshift tripod/cradle with newly hatched Baby Praying Mantises. At this point they were a matter of hours old if that.

Close up of some of the babies, a little darker in colour. These has had the chance to harden up their exoskeleton.

Close up of some of the babies, a little darker in colour. These has had the chance to harden up their exoskeleton.

Yes there was a lot of babies.

Yes there was a lot of babies.

By this point you have probably Identified the insect… yes those are praying mantises. teeny tiny baby praying mantises. Hundreds of them in fact.

Baby praying mantis scribble because.... procrastination that's why.

Baby praying mantis scribble because…. procrastination that’s why.

Each ootheca had the potential to produce as many as 200 per ooth and I had two.  I estimate (no I didn’t count them) that I may have had at least 100 or more from each hatch/ooth.

However they have a high mortality rate so the numbers quickly dropped though at first there was very easily good healthy number for quite a while. I now have ten adults left out of the most likely 200 plus that hatched.

1st Instar Tenodera Sinensis (Chinese Praying Mantis)

1st Instar Tenodera Sinensis (Chinese Praying Mantis)

This mantis species is Tenodera Sinensis or more commonly known as the Chinese mantis. There are over 2,400 species in the mantodea order, with a huge variety of looks and sizes. One exceptionally large and unique looking species is the Giant African Stick Mantis, also known as Cat Eye Mantis (Heterochaeta) of which I would love to own one day. Another which some what smaller yet, exceptionally pretty to look at is the Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus coronatus).

Praying mantises are predatory insects, earning the pray part of their name from the resting stance of their raptors which when tucked under their front look like they are praying.  They hunt live prey which mostly consists of other insects that are smaller than themselves but have been known to take on prey either much bigger than themselves or even more surprisingly lizards and birds.  There has been more than one account of one of the larger species of mantis taking on hummingbirds and lizards.  I have even seen accounts of pet mantises striking the glass enclosures of much larger pets from other keepers in the hobby.  Though it’s important to note that what types of feeder insects are safe to give will vary in different species. Some species in their natural habitat mostly hunt flying prey.  And in captivity some of those species have been known to get sick when fed crickets.

The way mantises grow and develop from hatching to adult is like many insects.  They grow in multiple stages/ sizes as nymphs until adulthood.  Each stage till adult is known as a particular instar or sometimes in the mantis keeping hobby is abbreviated as L1, l2, and so on. Between each stage they molt their old exoskeleton.  It can take a few minutes to an hour or so but preferably not too long so as not to harden and dry in the old exoskeleton and get stuck.  Once freshly molted they are now bigger, more developed and at their new instar. Initially their new exoskeleton is soft and must harden, sometimes their colour becomes darker or more muted once hardened. The molting process and hardening up afterwards is a delicate and dangerous time for a mantis.  Miss-molts are a real possibility and can be deadly.  They are also very vulnerable to predators (other predatory insects and even others of their own kind),

Female Chinese Mantis called Awesome Sauce, molting to pre sub adult. Sixth Instar.

Female Chinese Mantis called Awesome Sauce, molting to pre sub adult. Sixth Instar.

In the above photo you can see my favorite mantis molting to pre-sub adult.  At that point when the photo was taken she was mostly finished and had already started to dry and go back to her dark colour. She was just hanging from her butt from her old molt.  They require hanging upside down so as to make use of gravity to get out of their old exoskeleton. failure to hang results in a miss molt. when has been deadly for some of my mantises. there are many other causes for miss molts though.  They tend to from my observations break the skin on the back of the head/neck first and continue from there.  The following photo shows two different exoskeletons after the molts.  Both were female Chinese mantises molting to the same instar. though a week apart.  The size difference fascinates me.

Two Sheds side by side. Same instar and species but two different females

Two Sheds side by side. Same instar and species but two different females

One of my males miss-molted to sub adult getting his raptors stuck. Luckily for him it hasn’t proved fatal but has cost him both raptors and one eye in adulthood.  Bellow you can see how his raptors were hooking over his eyes instead of resting perfectly.  They rubbed and damaged what was otherwise perfect eyes and he lost one in the next molt.  Sometimes if they have enough molts left they can fix many things with subsequent molts such as a missing limb or damaged raptors. Unfortunately he has to be hand fed as the next molt was his last and he was unable to heal the damage.

Sub adult male Chinese mantis with deformed raptors after a miss molt.

Sub adult male Chinese mantis with deformed raptors after a miss molt.

Generally mantises go through anywhere from 6 – 10 molts. How many will vary depending on species and even sex.  For some amantis species the males molt fewer times than females to get to adulthood.  Some species are an exception with males and females molting the same number of times. Some larger species taken more molts than others to get to fully grown.

Other notable growth differences is that praying mantises do not hatch with wings.  They start growing wing buds at pre-sub and then come adulthood they get their beautiful wings.  The difference is staggering.

My favortie female Chinese Mantis Awesome Sauce Molting to adult.

My favorite female Chinese Mantis Awesome Sauce Molting to adult.

Closer inspection of Awesome Sauce molting to adult. Check out those tucked in wings where once were teeny tiny wing buds. They look like napkins folded into triangles.

Closer inspection of Awesome Sauce molting to adult. Check out those tucked in wings where once were teeny tiny wing buds. They look like napkins folded into triangles.

Those little triangles for wings that have replaced the tiny wing buds… Remember those when you see the next stage.

Now she is free of her old molt it's time for her to hang from her raptors and unfurl and pump those wings out.

Now she is free of her old molt it’s time for her to hang from her raptors and unfurl and pump those wings out.

Still pumping out those wings. I find it impressive and fascinating to see the difference.

Still pumping out those wings. I find it impressive and fascinating to see the difference.

I am still trying to get my head around how they were so nicely tucked away.  At this point they look like pale green lace. But as she hardens and her colour gets darker and darker the colour of the wings change just like her body. The top wings will gain a darker green, brown with an almost metallic/pearlescent look with a racing stripe along their edge of lime green.

You may have noted in the above paragraphs that I have a favorite.  She is the female Chinese mantis molting to adult in the above pictures.  Being the largest and first of this year hatches to make it to adult, as well as my first ever successful attempt to raise a mantis to adult. She is entertaining to watch and quite beautiful to look at.  She earned her moniker by her impressive growth and hardiness.  Although it did come at a few small costs which I wasn’t two thrilled about, such as two siblings, despite being very well fed with prey in the tank just before I was able to separate them to separate enclosures.

Female Chinese (Tenodera Sinensis) Praying Mantis, named Awesome Sauce

Female Chinese (Tenodera Sinensis) Praying Mantis, named Awesome Sauce

She has inspired me so much so that she has managed to creep into my art.   I like to design fabric prints and patterns, I find the continuity of the designs quite therapeutic.  A couple of months ago I wanted to do a continuous fabric print that was feminine and beautiful.  Part of me was leaning towards the old liberty’s staple of pretty fabric prints, which was often floral and organic subjects.  But I didn’t want to create something so obvious. I wanted a subject that caught the eye and surprised you to see on a dress or drapes.  Something unique.

Then I remembered who was sitting in her tank to my left.  Little old Awesome Sauce, with her lime green racing stripe wings and pinky brown big eyes.  And I thought why not?  She is pretty, unique, and likes to hang out on flora which you usually find on fabric.

So I began drawing on my tablet using a ornament app that automatically repeats my pen strokes in a repeat pattern.

The raw unedited black and white grass leaves pattern before I worked Awesome Sauce in.

The raw unedited black and white grass leaves pattern before I worked Awesome Sauce in.

Then I worked Awesome Sauce into the pattern.

After Awesome Sauce made her way into the pattern, but prior to clean up and editing.

After Awesome Sauce made her way into the pattern, but prior to clean up and editing.

After I was happy with Awesome Sauces presence in the pattern I exported the pattern tile to another app for clean up. The above pattern is actually multiple tiles in a seamless repeat. Can you figure out where each individual tile begins and ends? You will find the answer in the following images.

Once I had cleaned up the Line drawing tile I then opened it up in Art Rage to give it some colour.  Being a fabric pattern I knew I wanted a varied colour palette.  Some artwork I just do one design option as I am often more art orientated when I create those artworks.   But for this art I weas designing for a fabric from the start and with those you usually have a set colour palette and variants of one or more designs with in that that all complement each other. So I knew I wanted to do more than one version of Awesome Sauces pattern.  I decided to be inspired by awesome sauces colours. She has a great camouflage that complements and blends into the greens and browns of her intended habitat. To vary the look of the print i decided to also variate how much colour was added to where on the print.  I make three different tile layers each time adding more colour than the last and I used the watercolour paint effect to bring colour and life to the print.

My first variation I utilized the boldness of the black and white line drawing and helped it pop by setting it over a deep green background. (If you buy this pattern variant on Zazzle the green background is customisable just like all the other versions with white backgrounds.

This mantis pattern is Awesome Sauce. Black and White line drawing pattern of a female Chinese praying mantis (Tenodera Sinensis) resting upside down on a contiguous grass leaves print. Set over a green background.

This mantis pattern is Awesome Sauce. Black and White line drawing pattern of a female Chinese praying mantis (Tenodera Sinensis) resting upside down on a contiguous grass leaves print. Set over a green background.

I really like how the green helps the black and white drawing pop in a modern and bold manor.

For my next variant I chose to make Awesome Sauce stand out from the rest of the pattern.  I chose to paint her in a digitial watercolour effect to give her not just colour but some dimension.

Awesome Sauce the mantis fabric pattern, semi colour filled variant.

Awesome Sauce the mantis fabric pattern, semi colour filled variant.

My third variation I decided to bring the leaves forward too, so as to compliment Awesome Sauce.  So filled them with colour again using the digital watercolour painting effect in Art Rage.

This is the full colour variant of my praying mantis pattern. Green and brown praying mantis resting on green grass leaves.

This is the full colour variant of my praying mantis pattern. Green and brown praying mantis resting on green grass leaves.

I think I successfully managed to create three complimentary variations of the same print.  No doubt I shall add to the collection with more complimentary prints and their variations. The aim will be to have a collection of fifteen prints in total, including the variations.

Of course once I had finished the patterns I just had to order some Spoonflower samples to see it in person.  Especially as it had been a while since I had ordered any new proofs for sale.

The three fabric samples of the praying mantis prints

The three fabric samples of the praying mantis prints

 

And then they arrived.  And they were even more Awesome than I expected them to be….

 

Close up of some of the Black and white line drawn praying mantis print on green background. Printed on basic cotton ultra.

Close up of some of the Black and white line drawn praying mantis print on green background. Printed on basic cotton ultra.

Close up inspection of the semi colour print.

Close up inspection of the semi colour print.

Awesome Sauce's likeness was looking pretty good.

Awesome Sauce’s likeness was looking pretty good.

Close up of the full colour variant.

Close up of the full colour variant.

Seeing them in person got me all excited for the possible uses of this print.  Imagining all the dresses, bed linen, shower curtains and more.

And of course I had to show Awesome Sauce her awesome fabric prints!  It would have been rude not to!

At first she took a defense stance and tried to hide like grass on it.

At first she took a defense stance and tried to hide like grass on it.

Eventually she relaxed And chilled.... perhaps the leaves made her feel at home.

Eventually she relaxed And chilled…. perhaps the leaves made her feel at home.

I think she seems to match the colours pretty well.

I think she seems to match the colours pretty well.

I think she approves.

I think she approves.

And now I have finished this post I think I shall go hide my credit cards, this project may end up with me spending more than I make if I am not careful.  Or perhaps I shall go make a dress pattern that deserves the Awesome Sauce print.

If you would like to see how good it looks as wallpaper and fabric check out my Spoonflower shop. Alternatively It’s available at Both Red Bubble and Society 6, as a variety of customisable fabric and products at Zazzle.

 

 

Good New Iris, Floriography Inkblot Art.

I’ve been quiet lately on the posting news front as well as new blog posts.  This is mostly in part because I started a project that I expected to take no more than a week and that snowballed into a bigger job than I thought it was going to be.   I decided to do a bit of virtual house keeping, and no doubt some of you have noticed a few changes on this website, with new additions and tweaks here and there.  Unfortunately I am still not finished.  But you can expect a new blog addition to this website in the next few weeks focusing on my fabric design.  Hopefully I shall be finished with the majority of my virtual house keeping by the end of the next two weeks, unless more things pop up that I hadn’t thought of.

One of the changes I wanted to make was a featured image for my news page.   It’s been my to-do list for a long while. I kept changing my mind as to an appropriate image.  I finally a month or two ago settled on an idea and instead of changing my mind it stuck. Simple to the point and with meaning.

What imagery could convey news you ask? That’s pretty much what I was struggling with for a long time too.  But then whilst I was looking through my floriography dictionary, I came across the entry for iris flowers, blue ones to be exact.  A beautiful flower that I not only loved enough to consider for my wedding bouquet (unfortunately they didn’t happen due to the florist couldn’t find any at his supplier that morning of good enough quality, though my bouquet was still beautiful none the less) but also in my favorite colour.

The symbology made sense. It also made sense to call on my floriography inkblot artwork for another element of my website seen as I already had incorporated the medium and style for my logo. It was decided, hopefully no more changing  of my mind.

So this posts artwork is a floriography inkblot piece on the blue iris.  I call it “Good News Iris” for the floriography meaning of blue iris flowers which is good news..  Inspiration was it’s meaning and intended purpose.

I used blue finger paint and green food dye dissolved in water to create to create the inkblots on watercolour paper stock as I was at the time making salt and watercolour art with my daughter S and that’s the paint mediums we were using for that.  Which just goes to show you don’t need to use professional mediums to make something look good, and weird experimentation’s can result in some beautiful outcomes.  Over the inkblots I drew by hand the Iris details, first in pencil and secondly in gold oil based sharpie pen. Then finished it off with gold gel pen for the hand written floriography and my two signatures.

And this is the final piece.

"Good News Iris" Floriography Inkblot artwork of a blue Iris. The blue iris can mean good news.

“Good News Iris”
Floriography Inkblot artwork of a blue Iris. The blue iris can mean good news.

So there you have it…. my new news page icon.  Now don’t forget to check out my news feed page for babble, I mean good news from me between posts.  Now it has a featured image there’s no excuse to miss the page.

As I always do with most of my art I shall be making “Good News iris” available in my POD stores, should you wish to own your own piece of good news. Just follow anyone of my various store links to check whats available.

 

Koi Carp

There’s an aquarium store near us that have a large indoor pond just inside their door. In which they keep large beautiful koi fish.  It’s the sort of set up that most fish lovers would love but I am sure would cost a bomb or two to achieve your own, not considering the upkeep, maintenance and space.  I don’t think I have seen too many of these since I moved over here if any apart from the one at this store.  My 3 yr old daughter likes the fish but what she really loves is that if you go to the till the other side of the door you can buy a pre-measured out little pot of fish food for a dollar and feed the koi.  The excitement and thrashing that ensues from the feeding frenzy, as their big mouths open to gulp down the tiny pellets gets giggles and raucous laughter from S.  So every once in a while we visit the aquarium store so she can feed the fish.

We have actually been doing this a while, yet it hadn’t made it to this blog yet.

But I have recently been trying to reorganize my digital devices which I use for my art.  Even when I hand draw or paint with traditional medium I still use technology to scan it, finish it or tidy it up and enlarge, before I share on this blog. Other times I use it to actually make art from scratch with my different apps and programs I have.  But I am pretty bad at transferring and deleting things and so it’s gotten to the point of clean up and tidy up or not be able to do anything more.  Digital memory is limited it seems more than my memory on a Monday morning, during a caffeine ban.  One of my favorite and go-to creative apps is the Art Rage for IPad app, which was struggling to process the simplest of tasks thanks to the multiple large as possible multi-layer works it had saved all waiting to be transferred or finished.  I can no longer ignore spring cleaning my digital files and work. So I have been trying to do it here and there, especially when it comes to inside the apps, which I found have quite a few pieces not finished.

And then I saw a fish, an unfinished fish, a whole lot of effort put in already fish, but no where near finished.

 

A fish in need, Koi in progress long forgotten.

A fish in need, Koi in progress long forgotten.

And then I remembered our walks to feed the fish and S’s squeals of laughter and happiness.  And that this fish has been waiting for more detail since 2013, poor poor lonely forgotten fish.

How could I leave it for so long languishing, with all the memories it represents? Clearly I had lost momentum during the creative process, probably from loosing my nerve.  I tend to get scared about ruining a piece and back off for a breather.  This breather apparently took a year.  Well I clearly couldn’t leave it any longer.  So I pushed through the uncertainty about what direction to take it and started making progress.

Close up of the nose details in progress.

Close up of the nose details in progress.

 

In Progress Koi Carp close to being finished. Screen shot of the work in the Art Rage app which I am creating it in.

In Progress Koi Carp close to being finished. Screen shot of the work in the Art Rage app which I am creating it in.

I was surprised how little time it took to finish considering how long it took me to get to the point in which i found it. I came to the conclusion that it’s my dithering and lack in confidence in my directional choices that make it such a long creational process.  The minute I chose to ignore those little voices and just go with the flow it seemed to speed up.

But as always I had a last minute wobble with the eye colour.

Screen shot of Koi Carp in progress within the app. With lighter blue eyes.

Screen shot of Koi Carp in progress within the app. With lighter blue eyes.

I realized whilst on screen the darker blue version was striking, but in print the lighter blue would stand out more.  So I decided to make both versions. Why not? This is the benefit of digital art. you can create different versions of things with simple tweaks quite easily without having to start over on a canvas or board.

So here they are my two versions of the same fish.

Dark blue eyed koi carp.

Dark blue eyed koi carp.

And with a lighter touch.

Koi Carp version two with lighter blue eyes.

Koi Carp version two with lighter blue eyes.

I think it works. I am glad I didn’t go whole hog on the water swirls, as I think that the plain black areas of the water add a nice touch and stop the water from overwhelming the koi.  I have to admit it makes a nice mirrored fabric print design.

And more so I have something finished to represent all those memories of S and her screams of laughter and giggles whilst feeding the fish.

I think it’s probably time we take another walk back to feed the fishes.

 

 

Yoo-Hoo I See You

 

Since I started selling my art on Zazzle and Spoonflower, I have realized that being social is a necessity to get my work seen and perhaps make one sale. And since then I’ve been on steep learning curve as to what marketing means to an artist.

Many think that selling your photography or artwork on a POD site (print on demand website) is a simple and quick way to make money from your creative efforts.  But it’s anything but quick, simple and by no means easy.

Starting out I expected to spend majority of my time creating the art, followed by creating designs for POD sites from said art and finally promoting. But the reality has been in fact the reverse. I have at times spend majority of my time networking or socializing, followed by designing for the POD sites, and then some artwork. Which may not sound like a big deal, except for me it matters as my time in the to create is already short.  But I still do it anyway. I do it because because without networking and socializing nobody would see my art, or my blog.  Let alone my art of the POD sites.  Often I do it religiously, sometimes I take a break for a couple of days, or more.  I follow advice I have been given.  And I try all the social media networking/marketing advice I find.  Post regularly and I try to not go a huge amount of time between blog posts (which is hard because I don’t like posting till I’ve completed a project which may be more than one piece in my mind when I start out.  But through all of that I sometimes…….Actually quite often find myself looking at the screen like this.

Peek a Hoo, I see you!

Peek a Hoo, I see you!

And wondering Do you see me?

You see for the most part, the only time I can see someone has read my blog, or liked my work, and designs is if they tell me.  Be it through a simple like or comment, even an email, or a simple mention, share on their profiles and pages, or re-tweet. Without those I can’t tell what you think or if you have even read what I have written. Yes I have statistics for this website…but they are very vague. It doesn’t say if you liked something….sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between the visits from genuine folks and the bots or spammers with their dubious shoe sales.  So often when I publish new posts and network on all the different social sites, I sometimes wonder if anyone sees me? Sometimes it feels like I am talking into the massive abyss that is the world wide web. The proverbial tree in an internet forest.  If I post something and no-one is there to read it, does it make an impact of any kind?

I create to be creative as it is what I love.  And I also wish to show S that you can still try to do something that makes you happy even if its not a nine to five that’s guaranteed to make a living.  So I wont stop doing so, because I cannot see who’s listening to me.  And I wont stop sharing in case someone is.

So I shall just have to continue to be inspired and create.  And I shall continue to share.

And I shall probably also still often find myself staring at the computer screen,

Peek-a-hoo

Peek-a-hoo

still like this looking for that  spec of encouragement.

Still wondering are you out there? Can you see me?

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