The Gallery – Education

24 Mar

I don’t think there could be a Gallery theme more appropriate for my life at the moment, unless of course next week’s theme is ‘what I look like after two years of sleeping for no more than three hours at a time’. I seem to be constantly learning something new or passing on my knowledge to someone else. Some things I am enjoying more than others, but it is all about learning new stuff and new stuff, in general, I like.

So, what am I learning? Apart from how to be a mum and how to operate the baby (which arrived with the manual missing so not an easy thing to figure out), I signed myself up for a couple of courses and started taking more photos with a little more thought than point and click.

One course is about childcare and, to be honest, I hate it. I’m sticking with it because I’ve done quite a bit of work and it would just be a waste to give up, and also because I’m a tad stubborn. I dread Monday mornings even more than ever.

I signed up for swimming lessons so I could take my son swimming and not be afraid, and although I can now swim 25 metres (yay me), I hate it.

The other course is to make the Rocking Horse. I am LOVING it. I am learning so much about wood, working with tools, carving, visualising, patience… it is brilliant. It’s only a small class, but what a great bunch of people they are. The tutor is fantastic, he makes it look so easy then I spend about five hours trying to recreate what he did in five minutes.

So this is my Gallery photo this week, the latest picture of my horsey. He now has lips!

The other thing I mentioned I was learning was photography. I’ve always enjoyed taking photo’s and they usually turn out reasonably well, but I never used to put a great deal of thought into them. Ooh, that looks nice, click! Since I’ve been blogging, however, it’s almost like I’m taking a photography course.

Taking part in The Gallery is teaching me to take a photo on a given subject. I actually have to go out and find something that fits. Silent Sunday is teaching me to open my eyes, to see something interesting in the everyday stuff, to remember to take the picture instead of just thinking about it. Looking through all of the amazing entries that other people post is giving me new ideas, new inspiration. They are making me want to go out and take better photo’s, and keep trying the same shot until I get exactly what I want. For me, it is the best way to learn about different styles and compositions of photographs.

So I guess I just wanted to add a big THANK YOU to Tara Cain and Mocha Beanie Mummy for hosting these great weekly blog link-ups, to all the people who enter their own photos for giving me something to think about, and to all the people who take the time to comment on my photo’s for making me believe in myself and that I can, on occasion, knock out a half decent picture.

Thank you, you are all fabulous xx

Don’t forget to pop over to Tara’s place and see all the other great entries this week.


14 Responses to “The Gallery – Education”

  1. alysonsblog March 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    wowzers thats just BRILLIANT

  2. jay March 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    WOW!!! Ok that’s so awesome. I am seriously blown away. I can’t wait to see the finished product and love your take on jumping feet first into education; that’s fantastic.

    Thank you so much for the mention too, I really appreciate it! Thoroughly glad you’ve found Silent Sunday (and of course The Gallery) to be helpful with your photography!

    • octarinefire March 25, 2011 at 12:51 pm #

      Thank you 🙂 There will be more horsey pics along the way, hope to have it finished for son’s Christmas prezzie.

      After everything I’ve learnt from doing Silent Sunday, a mention is the least I could do! x

  3. tiddlyompompom March 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    yay you! I love love LOVE the rocking horse 🙂
    I agree, the gallery and silent sunday are making me look at the world very differently. great post 🙂

    • octarinefire March 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Thank you, I’m very pleased with it so far x

  4. Tara March 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Made my day there O, made my day.
    Everything you have said here is exactly why I personally set up The Gallery. I wanted people to appreciate photos more, to look at the world through a different ‘lens’ when out with a camera and to get just a little bit geeky like me!
    Chuffed to bits that you enjoy taking part.

    And holy moly, that horse is fabulous. Make sure you show us the finished result x

    • octarinefire March 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      Aww, thanks 🙂 You and Jay do a fabulous job, I do really enjoy taking part when I can and I see a definite improvement in my photo’s. I’ve never had to take photo’s to a theme before so liking that challenge too.

      There will be horse updates through the year, each time I make some noticeable progress x

  5. emma March 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Wow, that horse is great! and how do you find the time to do all those courses! Fantastic! x

    • octarinefire March 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      Thank you! Each course is only a couple of hours each week, it’s the homework I struggle to keep up with x

  6. Erin March 25, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    Oh wow, I’m envious your woodworking class, that sounds fascinating.

    • octarinefire March 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      I absolutely love it, never done anything like it before but getting the hang of it now x

  7. Susan Mann March 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    What an excellent take on the subject and what a fantastic rocking horse it’s gorgeous. x

    • octarinefire March 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

      Thank you 🙂 I can’t wait to see the look on my son’s face when it’s finished. Trying to keep it secret until Christmas is going to be tricky x

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