When I began this blog back on 06 January 2005 I had no idea I'd still be blogging come 2011. Hell I didn't even know if I'd be alive in 2011. However thanks to all you wonderful people who have shown me kindness, caring and love over the past 6 years.I'm still blogging away. Badly in need of a refurbish, the blog not me, and I hope to update the look sometime soon.
Every day I seem to face new challenges associated with cancer. Some I overcome, some do get the better of me. I'm fortunate to be surrounded by friends and family that step in on those days and make my day better. Particularly Bryan, my best friend and husband, our children Chris and Michael and several good friends (you know who you are!) here and in New Zealand.
Because those challenges are unwanted, I need to set my own wanted challenges. Challenges I can control. Challenges which will help me grow. Challenges which will expand my knowledge and skills and make me a better person.
Photography became a passion once I began blogging. Last year I completed Project 365. Thanks to the help of sites like White On Rice Photography, and friends like Jen who kindly shared her knowledge with constructive critisism of my photos I have improved outta site. I cringe when I look at some of my earlier photos.
Along with food and wine, I have a love of art. This year I have decided to combine my love of art with my photography challenge. Each month I will recreate a favourite painting and photograph it.
Within this I have set a further challenge to myself by not buying any further props for this project. Every recreation can only use things I already own.
My first attempt is from one of my favourite artists, Renoir. Fraises was painted in 1905 and is on display at the Musee de l'Orangerie.