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The Arts School – the start

So I have been quiet because I have been busy! 

1) the boy who will be 7 months old next week, amazing! 

I could spend all day watching him learn the world! The greatest time consumers!

2) The Little Art on the Green, more details next week

And 3) 

I have started an arts school! 

The Arts School will start running day courses in Drawing and Mark making and Reflective Practise. Come and spend the day on a beautiful farm in East Sussex. 60 acres of woods, fields and lakes. A delicious lunch is included, provided by Sam. So excited! A few spaces left for our intro day on July 8th and confirmed dates to follow! 

Visit our website or follow and like our Facebook and Instagram 


Unsuccessful experiments 

Today I tried a quick play with still life photography, it wasn’t very successful, but it is just a starting point. 


 I learnt:

  • Cats are not helpful, 
  • I have a large amount of dried petals from flowers from my husband which I need to do something with, anyone got any ideas please let me know!
  • I need to allow myself more time to set up and consider.

Thanks for reading!

©www.sophiemayer.com 2015

Artist insite: Nathalie Croquet

Today I saw these images, and the artist, beauty stylist and journalist, Natalie Croquet.

I find the images beautiful, interesting, enquiring, and fun! 

Fashion is not my realm, but I am drawn to these images. I think they work as colour, props, pose, and compostion, so the spoofs are as attractive as the original campaigns. 

What do you think?



All images taken from other websites and are not my own.

I thank those for sharing and inspiring!

©www.sophiemayer.com 2015 

Social Media and me: What is a hashtag and how do I work it?

  1. When I am looking into something new, I, like many, start with google. 

    It is a quick way to get initial answers to your question. 

    I am re addressing where I am with social media and where I want to be. 

    Today it is a simple and quick google Q and A: what is a hashtag and how does it work.

    Here is what I found out and where I found it:

    tag: A word or phrase preceded by a hash mark (#), used within a message to identify a keyword or topic of interest and facilitate a search for it. So whenever a user adds a hashtag to their post, it is immediately indexed by the social network and searchable by other users.15 Aug 2014 #google explained 


    “A hashtag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. For example, if you type #Gravity (or #gravity or #GraVItY, because it’s not case-sensitive) into the Search Twitter box at the top of any Twitter page and hit Enter, you’ll get a list of tweets related to the movie. What you won’t get are tweets that say “Who discovered gravity?” because “gravity” isn’t preceded by the hashtag  

  2. “Which characters can you include in a #hashtag? 
    For starters, spaces are an absolute no-no. Even if your hashtag contains multiple words, group them all together. If you want to differentiate between words, use capitals instead (#BlueJasmine). Uppercase letters will not alter your search results, so searching for #BlueJasmine will yield the same results as #bluejasmine.
    Numbers are supported, so tweet about #50ShadesOfGrey to your heart’s content. However, punctuation marks are not, so commas, periods, exclamation points, question marks and apostrophes are out. Forget about asterisks, ampersands or any other special characters.
    Keep in mind that the @ symbol does something completely different. Using @ before a person’s Twitter handle will tweet at him directly, letting him know you have written to him via the @Connect tab. A hashtag will not. Sometimes users will hashtag a celebrity’s name instead of using her Twitter handle — it is acceptable to tweet #Lorde or @lordemusic. But if you are trying to reach someone directly, don’t use a hashtag.
    There is no preset list of hashtags. Create a brand new hashtag simply by putting the hash before a series of words, and if it hasn’t been used before, voilà! You’ve invented a hashtag.” 


Thanks to the websites for sharing and educating me!

©www.sophiemayer.com 2015

Patterns: continued

Researching via google images to get the artistic juices going.

Exploring patterns, geometric shapes, and colour.



If you would like to use or share my images, please contact me directly, thanks for looking!

Daily blogging research 1: Daniel Lakatos

Today, and for the next few days, I am sharing my research into “daily blogging”. This started as me trying to do a Saturday addition on daily blogging by asking a few bloggers some questions, but I think there responses are worth a blog each. So firstly thank you to them for their time.

One of my goals for this year was to start and maintain a daily blog (LU.N.C.H.) and this has led me to find other daily blogs, so today is the start of a daily post for the next few days where I share my findings, and a few questions answered by some lovely people I have met in this virtual world.

My research is into the motivation and inspiration to run a daily blog, and I have started with asking a few people questions into their motivation and inspiration.

I start with Daniel Lakatos at Photodiary365.com.
The reason for selecting this blog;
1) I love the images
2) Then I realised that there are images that are I similar to mine (14.01.10)
3) Then I realised the format is similar to mine as well

So I think the overriding attraction is my own narcissism and the feeling that what I am doing has to be interesting to somebody, if I see similarities in others work.

Daniel’s Q&A
Why are you doing a blog that post daily?

I study photography in a contemporary art school in Hungary, so I take photos as often as I can. I think this project could help me to improve my skills (such as visual communication and techniques), and I can express myself in an easy way. It’s not easy to shoot every single day, but I will insistence on it.
So, the blog and the pictures describes me, even so I am really happy, if other people like it.

What do you find inspires you for the content of the posts?

Most of the posts are street photographs, because it’s my favorite genre of photography. I love walking on the street and taking pictures about interesting people and places. I am searching for the decisive moments, but it’s hard to find every day, so I keep searching for it.

What others blogs or projects have inspired you?

Of course there are a lot of 365 days projects, but few of them meet with my style. There is a photoblog, which inspired me most, which is running since 2006 December (http://www.1day1photo.com).

What do you think you get out of it?

I hope I will finish my current project in 365 days and maybe I will launch another (and another and so on J ) projects in the future. I think photographing is a kind of lifestyle, so we can never quit.


Thank you Daniel for your time and answers!

Tomorrow I will be posting the answer to these questions from another blog, and at the end of this process I hope to have a little more clarity, and inspiration to continue. I hope you have found this interesting.

Interview and images kindly given by Daniel Lakatos at www.Photodiary365.com.
This work is created by Sophie Mayer