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Making a mess

In life, things change all the time, and how we deal with that is so important. Change can be unsettling, but it can also be vibrant and exhilarating. It also often involves making a mess.

Right now, we are stripping the wallpaper from the dining room, and it’s making a mess. It’s ugly, feels cold, and the walls are horrid. But by the end of the week we’ll be painting and it’ll look so much better. It’s change, it’s making a mess, but it’s worth it.

We might have to wait for a plasterer to come and skim the chimney, but we can get on with the painting everywhere else. We’ll be rearranging furniture as well, I think, probably. It’s going to be lovely when it’s finished.

In the background, the website is undergoing constant change too. The guidelines for what works in terms of search engine optimisation (SEO) are in flux, always changing. The software is being updated and adjusted all the time. So the website has to change to take that into consideration.

It’s the same with any creative art, here it’s photography. I take loads of pictures, and many are less than great. Some are dreadful. But I adapt, I learn from those and improve.

This applies to my writing, to my paid job, to parenting, to everything. Change is unsettling when it’s unexpected, but if you embrace it, run with it, change can be guided to your benefit.

I know, it doesn’t always work like that, but it’s worth thinking about, right?

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Canvases and Greeting Cards

When working with images, photographs, any visual art, the most obvious saleable products are probably canvases and greeting cards, posters, or framed prints.

I’ve had some small canvases available for sale in my favourite beach restaurant for a while now. They attract comments and people seem to like them. But without any indication they might be for sale, they haven’t sold, yet. So, I made some signs, and that should help. After all, it’s a restaurant, not a gift shop, or art gallery.

canvases and greeting cards

This morning, the new batch of greeting cards arrived. I’ve checked them and all looks good. So now I’ll be adding each new design to the shop. First I’ll update the restocks, and update the descriptions, then add the new ones. It’s going to take some time, please bear with me.

Greeting cards are available online in the shop. I will make sure your order is posted out to you as soon as possible after payment is received and cleared. At worst, if you order late on a Saturday night, I might not be able to get to a post office until Wednesday. Usually, I’d get your order posted within 2-3 days.

At the moment canvases are only available through Franco’s at Aberavon beach, but I’m considering adding some to the site too. Would you be interested?

Canvases and greeting cards are 2 different things. I can pop an order for greeting cards in the post easily. But a canvas will need packaging, more careful handling. These are things I need to consider before adding canvases to the shop.

I have a current favourite photo that I’m going to have made into a nice size print to go on my own wall. So a canvas order could well be going in soon. Let me know if you’d be interested, and which photos you might like to see.

 

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New Greeting Card Designs

Silhouette at sunset

Over this weekend I have been preparing images for some new greeting card designs. I made sure to include some previous designs that were popular, and sold out, too.

It wasn’t easy to choose the images. But they are with the printer and I now wait for the cards to arrive. When they do I’ll check the quality and assuming all is well, the new designs will be added to the shop.

But, you want a peek at what’s coming? There you are, gallery below with all 25 images.

This is a selection of the photos I am most proud of, the images that make me smile. I hope you agree.

Unfortunately, with printing and shipping costs to consider, the price of cards has had to go up to £2.50. I do apologise but this is a necessary increase, and not one I applied lightly. This does mean that I’ve been able to keep the shipping to you free, as long as up to 5 cards are ordered. Six or more will incur a postage fee, and a tracked or signed for service will also have a cost applied. It’s all worked out at the checkout stage in the shop.

I try to get to the post office as often as I can but sometimes there can be a short delay. Please bear in mind it’s only me here, and I have to fit this around family, and my other job.

The new greeting card designs

The new greeting card designs will be available for you to buy very soon, I hope you like them. As always, any feedback, comments, or thoughts, are welcome and I will try to answer every one.

An apology

Now, I do owe some of you an apology. The comments from an earlier post have been deleted by accident. I’m not sure how, but they’re gone. It wasn’t intentional, I think I pressed the wrong button. I am sorry. I appreciate and value every comment made (apart from the ones trying to sell me pharmaceuticals!).

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Beach sunset, and a celebrity

As it was Wednesday yesterday, I took my usual stroll along the beach as the sun set over Swansea. I love the magic of a beach sunset.

Wandering along the sand, camera clutched and ready, I almost bumped into someone walking the opposite way. Of course I wasn’t looking where I was going. The tide was coming in, the sun was setting, and I was looking for things to photograph, not people. An apology was offered, smiles exchanged, and I carried on, wondering where I’d seen that familiar face before.

beach sunset celebrity

Yes, that’s Michael Sheen, star of Twilight, Passengers, and Good Omens – among others. I know the focus isn’t great, but I’m not a papparazzi. No I didn’t interrupt his walk, I just carried on and took some lovely sunset photos.

The deep, burning, orange as the sun sank was stunning and coloured the whole beach. Fleeting moments in nature are always the most difficult. You can’t predict what might happen, you can’t easily set up the perfect shot. But, I think I captured it reasonably well this time.

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Canvases for sale

My canvases for sale!

canvases for sale

Some of my photographs have been printed onto canvas and are for sale at Franco’s Restaurant, Aberavon Beach, Port Talbot. They’re prominently displayed in the heart of the restaurant, and you can buy one for £30. There are 5 there at the moment, with different images, all taken right outside Franco’s. Look in the gallery below if you want to see them. Other artists also have their work on display.

When these sell I’ll have more done so the prints will change. Even if I use the same image, the crop and adjustments will be different. But, I’m going to try to make sure each set of canvases for sale uses different images.

Of course, if you prefer, I do have some greeting cards also for sale in the shop here.

It’s constantly changing at the beach. One day the waves are high, and fierce, the next calm and soft. Today was flat and grey. Last Wednesday the waves were pounding on the sand and the gulls screaming in the wind. Every day is a different view, and I love that.

Franco’s is well worth a visit anyway. The views are lovely, they make an excellent coffee, and the food is good too.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

 

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