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October 4, 2015 / diannegray

Little Shop of Pictures

I take lots of photos of the ‘farm dog’, Tammy, on my daily dog walk. The reason behind this is that her parents, (my mother and father-in-law) can’t join in on this daily ritual. So, (as they say in the corporate world) I like to keep them in the loop.

This is one of their favourites. They have it laminated and stuck on the fridge with pictures of the grandchildren and great grandchild. I would have taken similar shotsΒ of my dogs but they don’t know the meaning of sit and stay when they’re playing in the fields.


My work has been going well. I landed a job a few months back writing content for a Government website and I love it. I work in my pajamas from home and the Writer’s Nook is the perfect office πŸ˜€

I’ve been obsessed with digital art lately and my hubby is now calling the RUC the Little Shop of Pictures. I took a photo of a passion-fruit flower several weeks ago and wanted to do something special with it. But passion-fruit flowers are so awesome and beautiful that I was stumped. Nothing I could do could make it look better than the real thing.

Then hubby saw the photo and said, “I’d love to see the inside of that flower the way the bees see it.”
I thought, “Okay, why don’t you make it a little harder for me, dude!” Sheesh! Some people are so fussy creative.

Anyway, I played around with it for a while and came up with the first of my two ***Arty Bits*** for this week.

I call it A Bees-Eye View

Passionfruit Flower1

Β The second piece I’ve been working on is a bunch of flowers with the illusion that they are in a glass bowl.

So far this one doesn’t have a name


My daughter is arrivingΒ from Melbourne on Sunday night for a four day visit and I’m scrambling through the joint trying to get everything ready for her. She has a blog – Little Food Blog – so I’m looking forward to trying some of her tasty treats when she gives the RUC kitchen a good working over! Don’t worry – there will be pictures πŸ˜€

Have a great week! xxxxx


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  1. Theo Fenraven / Oct 4 2015 7:05 am

    Nice pics! Sounds like everything is going your way these days. πŸ™‚ I’m happy for you.


    • diannegray / Oct 4 2015 7:29 am

      We always have to celebrate when things go our way – these days it’s is few and far between! πŸ˜€

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  2. JackieP / Oct 4 2015 7:47 am

    The pictures are great Dianne! πŸ™‚ Enjoy your visitor and the great foods I’m sure she’ll make.


  3. Jill Weatherholt / Oct 4 2015 7:50 am

    Wow! Your pictures are beautiful, Dianne! I love the colors, so vibrant! Enjoy the time with your daughter. Hopefully she’ll cook you a few yummy meals. πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Oct 4 2015 8:45 am

      I’m so glad you like the pics, Jill. They’re a little odd but I really like them πŸ˜‰

      Nom nom nom, I can’t wait for some awesome cuisine πŸ˜€

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  4. Carrie Rubin / Oct 4 2015 8:08 am

    Wonderful pictures, including the one with the dog. That should do his ‘parents’ proud! Wonderful news on the job. Best of luck with it. And have a great time with your daughter!


    • diannegray / Oct 4 2015 8:47 am

      Thanks so much, Carrie. I think it’s a dream come true having a good job (that we like!) and doing it from home. It makes it so much easier to take care of Tammy’s ‘parents’ as well as paying the bills πŸ˜‰

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  5. Jacqui Murray / Oct 4 2015 8:08 am

    That bee’s-eye view is amazing. I can see showing that in a lesson on perspective.


    • diannegray / Oct 4 2015 8:48 am

      So true, Jacqui – I hadn’t thought of that, but it would make a great lesson indeed! πŸ˜‰


  6. avwalters / Oct 4 2015 9:05 am

    I love the bees’ view passion flower best, but the flower-fusion is also intense and flowing. Keep it up.


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:11 am

      Flower Fusion – I love that! Thanks Alta πŸ˜€
      I was telling someone last night about your Facebook post ‘the other 98%’ – what a fantastic post, and so true…

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  7. Jenny Ackland / Oct 4 2015 10:34 am

    Great to catch up on things with you. Enjoy your daughter’s visit!


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:14 am

      Thanks Jenny. The visit has now started and I’m loving every second of it. She arrived late last night, I woke up at 4 this morning while everyone is still asleep to catch-up on WP and get ready for a big day! πŸ˜€

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  8. nrhatch / Oct 4 2015 11:01 am

    Woo Hoo! Glad the job is going well. What a great fit for you. And I love your photographic art . . . especially bee’s eye view. Bravo!


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:17 am

      Thanks Nancy! I love the fact that you love the photographic art πŸ˜€ I was pretty chuffed with the bees eye view because I did it without having to shrink myself πŸ˜‰


  9. donnajeanmcdunn / Oct 4 2015 12:46 pm

    I love the photos. You are so creative. Don’t you just love it when the kids come home to visit. It gets even better when there are grandkids too!


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:22 am

      I can’t wait for grandkids, Donna Jean. I’ve got two furry-grandkids at the moment, but I don’t think that counts πŸ˜‰


  10. Gallivanta / Oct 4 2015 1:09 pm

    Oh, the new job sounds perfect. Many Government websites need a lot of help! Some of them would benefit from your art pictures. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:27 am

      Haaaa! I love that idea, Amanda. I see some of the pictures on those websites and wonder sometimes πŸ˜‰

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  11. Pagadan / Oct 4 2015 1:18 pm

    I enjoyed your photos, especially the flowers in a glass bowl that you created. It does need a name..


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:28 am

      I know – I’m just not sure what to name it. Alta mentioned ‘Flower Fusion’ and I kind of like that πŸ˜‰


  12. Roy McCarthy / Oct 4 2015 3:39 pm

    They are very clever and intricate Dianne. Try framing them and slapping a A$4,000 price tag on them, see what happens. Hope you have a great time with your daughter.


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:31 am

      Hey – not a bad idea Roy! πŸ˜‰ SOLD! (lol)

      I think I might create a book of them with some kind of writing (not sure what yet). But I really would like to have some of them framed. I’m really glad you like them xxx


  13. cocoaupnorth / Oct 4 2015 4:27 pm

    Stunning pics! You are talented. Have a lovely time with your daughter:-)


  14. pommepal / Oct 4 2015 5:21 pm

    How creative you are Dianne, the bee’s eye view looks, to me, like coral and kelp waving around under the water. Love the composition of the flowers, they look to be in free fall. How great to have a job that you can do as you loll around in your PJ’s, pleased it is going so well for you. Enjoy your daughter and make the most of her creative genius in the kitchen…


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:34 am

      She arrived last night and I had forgotten she wouldn’t have had dinner. All I had on hand were some sausages and frozen veg (yikes!). I think she’ll be really happy to take over the kitchen this morning (and I will be too) πŸ˜€


      • pommepal / Oct 5 2015 8:33 am

        I bet with a bit of curry and creativity she could whip up a meal like a master chef from those ingreds…. πŸ™‚


      • diannegray / Oct 7 2015 7:49 am

        Absolutely! πŸ˜€

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  15. ramblingsfromamum / Oct 4 2015 5:56 pm

    Congrats on the new job and you can’t fool me, you SO do write in your P.J’s πŸ˜‰ Your photos are amazing and what a good girl to pose. Have fun with your baby girl and yummy recipes. πŸ˜€


  16. restlessjo / Oct 4 2015 6:29 pm

    Love your treatment of the passion flower. Good old husband! πŸ™‚
    Have a super time with your daughter πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:36 am

      Thanks, Jo. I just love it when the kids come to visit. My daughter arrived last night and she hasn’t seen the RUC since it was moved here (old and crappy) about two years ago. She was blown away with all the work that has been done and absolutely loves the place πŸ˜€

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  17. anotherday2paradise / Oct 4 2015 11:11 pm

    Your hubby must have been amazed with how well you responded to his challenge, Dianne These are stunning mages indeed, and would grace any wall. Love the photo of Tammy. She really does have lots of space to roam. Enjoy your daughter time and I’m looking forward to seeing some of those delicious foody pics. Congrats on the new job. Working in pj’s from home, sounds ideal. πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:41 am

      Hubby was pretty stunned, Sylvia! He tries to act all manly but he’s got an enormous creative side that really comes out sometimes (and then gets quickly put away) lol. He loved what I did with the picture and looked at it for about 10 minutes πŸ˜‰
      I’m going to have some of the pictures framed and might also put them in a book. I’m really enjoying the arty process πŸ˜€

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  18. Britt Skrabanek / Oct 5 2015 1:44 am

    Congrats on the gig, Miss Dianne! And wowza…those pictures are breathtaking. You’re a triple threatβ€”writer, photographer, exotic animal/bug whisperer.


  19. ripe red berries / Oct 5 2015 4:34 am

    love these new photos….congrats on the writing job too!! have fun with your family!! I’m sure you will!


  20. Naomi Baltuck / Oct 5 2015 5:32 am

    Dear Dianne,

    What a lot of news! Your writing brought a smile–the photo of your pup is perfect, and I loved this line: “I would have taken similar shots of my dogs but they don’t know the meaning of sit and stay when they’re playing in the fields.” You found the perfect job! And I am so impressed with the digital art–you are a woman of many talents.
    I know the joy I feel when my kids are home for a visit–have fun with your daughter!


    • diannegray / Oct 5 2015 5:46 am

      I’m so glad you like the art, Naomi. Your pictures are awesome and I love looking through your blog so I’m very flattered indeed πŸ˜€

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  21. the eternal traveller / Oct 5 2015 9:22 am

    Nice work Dianne. Have a wonderful time with your daughter. I’m popping over to read her blog now.


  22. Polysyllabic Profundities / Oct 5 2015 11:44 am

    I’ve missed catching up on your life. Your pictures are incredible!! xx


    • diannegray / Oct 7 2015 7:50 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like them πŸ˜€


  23. Luanne / Oct 5 2015 12:40 pm

    I was going to comment on the dog, etc. but then I saw your gorgeous art photos. HOW DO YOU DO THAT? i can’t figure out how you just learned to do stuff like that without working on this for years and years and years.


    • diannegray / Oct 7 2015 7:53 am

      I don’t know how either, Luanne – it just kind of comes to me πŸ˜‰ I’m enjoying it so much (and my muse is really cracking the whip). I’m SO glad you really love those pictures (it makes me think it’s not just my imagination that they’re cool) πŸ˜€


  24. Charissa / Oct 6 2015 12:18 am

    I love the bees eye view. That one is incredible! Have fun with your daughter.


    • diannegray / Oct 7 2015 7:54 am

      We’re having a great time, Char. I’m just a little slow at doing everything I normally do this week, but it’s worth it just to spend every waking second with her πŸ˜‰

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  25. Bonnie / Oct 6 2015 7:03 am

    Love passion flowers too and love that we have them in common. I have two swamp-monster like vines growing in my backyard. I love the idea of getting to see it from the bee’s view and you did a fabulous take!! Your hubby can ‘commission’ you πŸ™‚ Have a great visit with your daughter!


    • diannegray / Oct 7 2015 7:55 am

      Hahaha – hubby would love to β€˜commission’ me πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you like the pic. I was really stumped with that flower until he asked me to do the near-impossible πŸ˜€

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  26. Lilith / Oct 6 2015 10:28 am

    oh! i love that passionfruit flower and flowers as if they are in a bowl!


  27. Janna G. Noelle / Oct 7 2015 7:52 am

    Love you’re bees-eye-view pic. I’ve seen other sorts of pictures like that taken under infrared or UV light that also show what the bees actually see. Some flowers have all sorts of other features that the human eye can’t see to help attract the bees: landing strips or the silhouette of other insects, for example.


    • diannegray / Oct 7 2015 7:58 am

      It’s amazing how beautiful nature is but we only really see a speck of it, Janna. I’m so glad you like the picture πŸ˜€


  28. EllaDee / Oct 7 2015 11:45 am

    Stunning Arty Bits flower photos. I remember the first time I saw a passionfruit flower… because it was only a decade ago! Somehow I’d just focussed on the fruit my whole life. I was convinced it was an exotic alien bloom. But was impressed to learn it was the precursor to the humble passionfruit. Now I have my very own passionfuit vines, once which fruits and the other is an vibrant red ornamental.


    • diannegray / Oct 8 2015 6:55 am

      My cousins used to have passionfuit vines on their verandah in Wauchope and I ate heaps of them as a kid. Strangely enough – I never noticed the flowers until about ten years ago as well. I think as kids we’re so focussed on the fruit that we don’t even notice the flower! They’re absolutely beautiful πŸ˜€


  29. Susan A Eames / Oct 7 2015 11:29 pm

    Love the inventiveness of those flower pics – very clever… and your dog looks lovely too!


  30. mcwoman / Oct 8 2015 2:56 am

    It amazes me how artistic you are! The photos are beautiful. The dog is cute. You are a wonder.


  31. jmmcdowell / Oct 8 2015 6:15 am

    I love being able to work mostly from home. I’m far more productive here than in an office full of cubicles and lots of folks talking around me. πŸ™‚

    The photos are wonderful, and I’d really love to see you put them in combination with your writing!


    • diannegray / Oct 8 2015 7:01 am

      It really IS the life working from home, Jacqueline. Less stress, less interruptions and the work is done a lot faster πŸ˜€

      I’m so glad you like the photos. I’m enjoying the process immensely!


  32. maggiemyklebust / Oct 8 2015 4:32 pm

    Hi Dianne.. Your pictures are great! Do you post them on Instagram? I don’t write anymore.. But I take like 50 pictures a day! Delete 40 of them and post one everyday on Instagram. Have a great visit with your daughter. xx


    • diannegray / Oct 11 2015 8:34 am

      I haven’t posted to Instagram, only here. I’m actually not even sure how to post to Instagram πŸ˜‰ but I’m looking forward to having a look at yours (can you send a link?)
      I’m really flattered that you like mine. I’m not writing much anymore, but have been obsessed with taking pictures so I know exactly how you feel πŸ˜€


  33. roughwighting / Oct 9 2015 10:16 pm

    Bet you’ve been having a fabulous time with your daughter! Like you, I love working from home, writing, creating, thinking, reading, and baking (of course, keeps the creative juices going). I’m so jealous of your dog walks. I know I’m ready for a dog again…but just waiting. Not sure yet for what. Your flower photos are luscious.


    • diannegray / Oct 11 2015 8:41 am

      Thanks, Pam. You lifted my heart when you said you’re ready for a dog again xxxx

      I had a wonderful time with my daughter, she is such a sweetheart. It’ll be my turn next to go and visit her and I’ll make sure it’s not too far into the future πŸ˜€

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      • roughwighting / Oct 12 2015 9:18 pm

        Not sure where your daughter lives – if it’s near Boston, let’s get together in real time! πŸ™‚

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      • diannegray / Oct 13 2015 11:54 am

        She lives in Australia and was in the US last year. If she travels anywhere near Boston again you’ll be the first to know πŸ˜‰

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  34. Letizia / Oct 11 2015 3:10 am

    I giggled at the crossed out “work in my pajamas”. I sometimes work from home too so I know what you mean haha! I just love that photo of your parent’s dog in the field. What a good dog to sit so still for the photo!


    • diannegray / Oct 11 2015 8:45 am

      I’m not saying she’s lazy (lol – yes I am) but she will sit still for a long time while the other dogs play πŸ˜‰

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  35. ParentingIsFunny / Oct 11 2015 8:38 am

    Always enjoyable. Thank you. πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Oct 11 2015 8:48 am

      Thank you for coming by, it’s always great to see you here xxx


  36. Minuscule Moments / Oct 18 2015 6:49 am

    Dianne you are in a new zone of experimental art and I love where its taking you. The passion fruit flower is such a stunning, intricate flower. I can imagine being a bee and feeling like I just found heaven looking at that capture. Truly beautiful. I look forward to reading more of your daughters wonderful recipes soon.


    • diannegray / Oct 18 2015 9:12 am

      Thanks, Kath πŸ˜€ Coming from an awesome artist like you, I’m truly flattered that you like my pictures πŸ˜€

      Enjoy the food blog, she has some great recipes xxxx


  37. jannatwrites / Oct 19 2015 2:04 am

    I like what you did with the flower pics! I like that life is good for you and you have a visit-and food – to look forward to! Life is good, especially when life is good πŸ™‚


    • diannegray / Oct 19 2015 8:27 am

      Life is good when life is good, Janna! I love your reasoning xxxx


  38. Sheila Morris / Oct 19 2015 4:35 am

    The picture of Tammy is terrific!! You are good to keep her in the loop…none of our dogs have ever mastered sit and stay except when they tell Teresa and me to obey. I sit and stay very well. πŸ™‚
    The colors in the glass bowl – absolutely gorgeous.


    • diannegray / Oct 19 2015 8:33 am

      I’d love to say Tammy is well behaved, but she can be a little lazy at times (except when she chases cars) Do’h! Ma and Pa in-law loved the photo, so I’m really glad about that πŸ˜‰
      I’m so glad you like the glass bowl pic. It’s one of my faves xxx


  39. Aku / Oct 26 2015 8:24 pm

    I want your home!!!!!!! :/


    • diannegray / Oct 27 2015 2:53 pm

      It’s pretty cool πŸ˜‰


      • Aku / Oct 27 2015 6:16 pm

        Yes. Yes it is. πŸ™‚


  40. davidprosser / Nov 17 2015 8:24 am

    The pictures and the way you’ve done them are awesome Dianne. Truly fantastic and different. That’s quite a skill you have.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / Nov 18 2015 6:42 am

      I’m so glad you like them, David! Thank you πŸ˜€
      xxx Gigantic Hugs back xxx

      Liked by 1 person

  41. Carol Balawyder / Nov 25 2015 11:33 am

    Really neat photos! πŸ™‚

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  42. beeblu / Dec 1 2015 7:55 am

    This bee loves the bee’s eye views. Fabulous. (PS. Am about to roll out of bed to my office next door, so you’re not alone in the PJ thing πŸ™‚ )


    • diannegray / Dec 1 2015 10:59 am

      Haaaa! I love working in my PJs πŸ˜€

      I’m glad the bee loves the bee’s eye view. I had a big smile on my face when I read that πŸ˜€

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