Tuesday 29 June 2010

Monday 28 June 2010

June Afternoons

June Afternoon by Jo Bradford


"And what is so rare as a day in June.... 
Then, if ever, come perfect days"
~James Russell Lowell~

June is a month of the most perfect warm breezes and soft light - especially here in Cornwall where the light reflects off the sea in soft pastel colours that beg to be photographed.  

Friday 25 June 2010


Whisper by Jo Bradford


I hope that you have some fun and relaxing plans for your weekend.....  mine is going to be all about walking dogs, making pictures and hanging out at the beach, long may this glorious sunshine continue :)

Have a good weekend!!


Tuesday 22 June 2010

Summer Sale!!


What with all this glorious sunny weather we have been blessed with recently it feels only right to share some of my sunshine smiles around.  

Cape is a brand new listing in my Etsy & Dawanda Shops today.  

I hope you have a lovely day in the sunshine, whatever you are doing!

Jo xoxo

Thursday 17 June 2010

Aqua & White

I always love to be featured in Etsy treasuries...... 
I thought I would mention this one which made it to the Front Page of Etsy yesterday, because I just love the colours in it, not to mention al the lovely things featured to add to my burgeoning wishlist....... well done to Amanda from the delightful MilkandHoneyHandbags for the Front Page Treasury and thanks for featuring my photo "Sunday Morning (9am)"

Tuesday 15 June 2010

The Joy Of The New :)


I have so much newness to share with you today!

I have decided to make my photo card range (notelets or greeting cards by another name) available online.
Up until now these art cards have only been for sale in a select few bricks & mortar galleries and gift shops across the UK.  However, due to popular demand, I have decided to offer them for sale to my collectors outside the UK too, so as of today, all 14 designs are now available to buy in my Etsy and Dawanda stores.

As you can see the card is large enough to be framed as a gift, and the photograph is full frame to the front of the folded card.  Printed on high quality acid free 290gsm card stock by a professional printer whose other clients include such luminaries of the art world as the Tate Art Gallery, St. Ives, the paper card is bright white. The rear of the card is titled and bears my name. 

The card is blank inside for your own message, comes with a white envelope and is packed in a clear cellophane sleeve for protection.

Oh and before I forget, I am offering free shipping if bought with another item!!


p.s. I hope that you will like the new look of the blog, it was very much in need of a facelift and I am pretty pleased with the results.  But please do let me know if anything is not working properly for you on your screen / browser combo... I can tell that it looks pretty sexy on my Mac, but how does it look from your place?

Bye for now  :)

Jo x

Monday 14 June 2010

Blue Beach Days ... the third

Blue Beach Days III by Jo Bradford

I am sure that if you are aware of my photographs in my Etsy or Dawanda shop, that you will be familiar with my very popular photographs from a series called Blue Beach Days. (see part 1 of the series below)

Blue Beach Days I ~ by Jo Bradford

I recently had the opportunity to make a new picture for the ongoing series, and have just finished working on it.
So with out any further ado, I am pleased to present Blue Beach Days III.  See the details from Blue Beach Days III below....

Blue Beach Days I, II & III are available to buy in my Etsy store in various formats right now.

Happy Monday Folks :)

Jo x

Tuesday 8 June 2010

Singing all the while

~Ophelia by Jo Bradford ~ {click here to view at my Flickr instead}

Today is the birthday of Sir John Everett Millais, co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

He is most famous for his painting of the Shakespearian character, Ophelia, from Hamlet.

Millais' painting depicts the young Ophelia's final tragic moments, as driven to madness after her father, Polonius, is murdered by her boyfriend, Hamlet, she falls into the river while picking flowers and slowly drowns singing all the while.

I saw this painting in the Tate Britain as a teenager and have been haunted by it ever since. Millais masterpieces in the Tate Britain collection sparked a long time love affair with the works of the Pre-Raphaelites and to a lesser degree a greater interest in the writings of the Bard as well.

To celebrate the birth of Millais then, let me show you my own homage to Ophelia (top), as inspired by Millais, and all the other artists who have re-imagined this iconic image from both classical literature and art.

~ Hamlet, Act IV, Scene VII ~

LaertesDrowned! O, where?
Queen GertrudeThere is a willow grows askant the brook,
That shows his hoar leaves in the
glassy stream.
fantastic garlands did she make
Of crowflowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do
dead-men's-fingers call them.
There on the pendent boughs her
crownet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke,
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide,
And mermaid-like awhile they bore her up;
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes,
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that
element. But long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pulled the poor wretch from her melodious
To muddy death.
LaertesAlas, then she is drowned?
Queen GertrudeDrowned, drowned

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