Dance in the Rain

This week for Writers Quote Wednesday, I decided to share a photograph of a quote. The wooden plaque was decorating a restaurant wall, and I immediately thought of Colleen’s challenge.

Just because I have to play with my photographs, I have edited out the background and given it a rustic brick finish.

Life Quote © Amanda Lakey, Unique Art Continue reading

Japanese Florals

Delicate hand-made Japanese flowers.

It’s the 4th week on Sally’s challenge, which means it’s challengers choice. I have chosen ‘objects’ – macro photographs from a collection of handmade Japanese flowers.

Japanese Florals © Amanda Lakey,

© Original Photography by Amanda Lakey

Continue reading

Word Snap Weekly: Monochrome Passion

Welcome to Word Snap Weekly…

This week I have created a bit of vintage drama. An artography design featuring Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara, along with a Haiku poem.



© Original art and haiku by Amanda Lakey


monochrome passion

love is lost – gone with the wind

drama all over


Continue reading

Horse Tales

Horses are so very solemn aren’t they, they have a grace and kindness that seems to emanate from their very souls. I have a distinct feeling they could teach us humans a few things.

These photographs are of different horses that live in the same field. They were snapped at various times of the year,  Steve and I love to visit them on our walks, we give them carrots and a loving stroke if we can.

Our dogs Lissie and Leo, are full of respect for these gentle creatures. They don’t bark at them at all, they just wag their tails at the sight of old friends. Continue reading

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Hope


Artography, with an adapted quote by Emily Dickinson.

Hope © Amanda Lakey,

© Artography by Amanda Lakey


The quote has been adapted from a poem written by Emily Dickinson, you can read the bio here.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops – at all -

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard -

And sore must be the storm -

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -

And on the strangest Sea -

Yet – never – in Extremity,

It asked a crumb – of me.

  Continue reading

Word Snap Weekly: Pegasus Alights

Welcome to Word Snap Weekly…

This week I created a digital art image of a flying horse over the sea, using multiple apps on both my iPad and iMac. My Word Snap is a Tanka poem.

Pegasus Alights © Amanda Lakey, Unique Art

© Original Art and Tanka by Amanda Lakey

Flying over waves

there is magic in the air

good fortune is yours

so, dream and make your wishes

Pegasus alights with love

Continue reading

Word Snap Weekly: Illusive Romance

Welcome to Word Snap Weekly.

What a hectic and stressful week – well at least in terms of my blog! I really must apologise for not visiting anyone. I have transferred over to so that I can incorporate a shopping cart for art and card designs. I thought I was accomplished with WP, I now know different – OMG what a huge learning curve this is!

I purchased a truly stunning new theme, but you will see I’m not using it yet. I ended up switching to a basic  theme to make my blog useable for the short term. After all, I have a challenge to run! I have much to get my head around before my new theme will be public.

I was assured that followers would still see my posts in their readers, this doesn’t appear to have happened. I am seeking help on this, but for now if you wish to see my posts. Please follow via email

Anyway, onto the challenge. This week I have created an artography design of an old city with a flower montage. The completed image inspired romance, and a Haiku poem.

Illusive Romance

dreamy reflections city passion fantasy illusive romance


Continue reading

Word Snap Weekly: Floral Double Helix

It’s a new year and time for a big refresh for the Pixel Prose Challenge, now re-branded ‘Word Snap Weekly’.

A huge thank you goes to Colleen from Silver Threading  who kindly spent some time with me discussing the challenge title. She came up with the name Word Snap, I thought this was such a cool name and it says just what I want it to. I was planning to call it Word Snap Sunday, but my husband Steve – Walk The Self-Talk preferred weekly. We ended up tossing a coin, Steve won :D

About the Challenge I began in July 2014 with the aim of encouraging myself to write more often. As many of you know I love creating Artography and card designs, but images always mean so much more when accompanied by words.

Writing doesn’t come easy to me, but hosting the challenge does have it’s benefit – I can’t give it a miss! So, each week come what may, I have dedicated myself to writing something. I am loving exploring poetry, but one of these days I intend to write a short story.

I have spent the last couple of days designing a new badge for the challenge, and re-designing the instruction page. I hope you like the changes.

Continue reading

Red Robin

Red Robin, with a song quote by Al Johnson.

Colleen has decided we can use song lyrics on her challenge, this is such a fabulous idea, and really opens up the world of quotes.

I created my Robin Artography last week. In preparation, I was searching around for a quote to go with my image, but when I saw that we could now use song lyrics too – well, there was only one choice for me. 

When the Red Red Robin, goes Bob Bob Bobbing along. :D

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year, I hope 2015 will be brilliant for you… Continue reading

Christmas Review 2014

We had beautiful weather on Christmas Day. Although cold, it was sunny and bright. I took some photos of our dinner table before serving, and a few other pics with my iPhone 6+ throughout the day and since. What a surprise when we got our White Christmas on Boxing Day, with a sudden five or six inches of snow!

I have gone for a mix of photos for Sally’s iPhonography and Michelle’s Pet challenge. I hope you check them out. Continue reading

Pixel Prose Challenge: Big Ben’s Glory Chime

Welcome to Pixel Prose and the start of the new week 28th December – 4th January

As 2014 draws to a close, I wanted to write a poem to usher the new year in.

For my design this week, I have created an Artography montage of Big Ben amidst a magical snowy scene. My ‘prose’ this week is a two Stanza poem of rhyming couplets – using thirteen syllables per line. Continue reading

Snowy Stag Christmas Cards

I haven’t created many Christmas cards this year, but with a last-minute spurt of creativity, I designed these stag themed personalised cards for my husband Steve, my eldest son Dane and partner Joanne, and my youngest son Jayden.

Steve’s card is a giveaway, but can you guess which card went to my sons? Continue reading

Pixel Prose Challenge: Reflective Dreams

Welcome to Pixel Prose and the start of the new week 21st – 28th December.

Artography with Haiku.

Last week, I created a dreamy birthday card design. The reflection flower was beautiful as a card, and so I decided to do a bit more with it for the challenge, by adding a frame, border and Haiku. 

Continue reading

Pixel Prose Challenge: Christmas Star

Welcome to Pixel Prose and the start of the new week 14th – 21st December.

Artography of a Poinsettia, with a Shadorma poem. Continue reading

Christmas Quote

Artography of a Christmas tree with a quote by Thomas Tusser.

We have just put our Christmas tree up, so I feel inspired to begin work on Christmas cards and art designs – as usual I’ve left it far too late. Continue reading

Pixel Prose Challenge: Chrysanthemum

Welcome to Pixel Prose and the start of the new week 7th – 14th December.

This week I am inspired by flowers given to me by my husband Steve. This was completely unexpected as there was no specific occasion. Steve just said, “I love you, which is occasion enough” Isn’t that just so lovely! 

I adore macro photography, so I isolated the flowers against a dark background. After processing, I decided to create a poster – my ‘prose’ this week is a Haiku. 

In the west, a white Chrysanthemum is a symbol of love, loyalty and devotion. Steve didn’t know about that, but it turned out to be quite appropriate here. Continue reading

Impossible Dreams

Created Artography, with a quote by Lewis Carolle.

My design, depicting giant Daffodils growing in a dream-like butterfly lake, is of course impossible – especially with snow blowing all over my blog. :D

But… in my imagination, I can play as much as I like! Hence my quote this week. Which btw is very true for me, since I tend to wake up at silly ‘o’ clock! 

Inspired by Colleen at Silver Threading with her brilliant ‘Writers Quote Challenge’.  Continue reading

Pixel Prose Challenge: Colour My World Pink

Welcome to Pixel Prose and the start of the new week 30th November – 7th December.

Artography of a seaside dune scene.

Feeling fed up of dark nights and rain, this week I am bringing a little summer kissed colour, inspired by the seaside! I added a pink overlay to my dune photograph, which altered the tones and resulted in a pretty dreamy look. After adding the graphics, it was time to think about my Prose – Shadorma style! Continue reading

Life’s Dreams

Dreamy flower Artography, along with a meaningful quote by Emily Bronte.

I created the flower inspired by the fabulous ‘Writers Quote Challenge’, hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading.  Continue reading

Pixel Prose Challenge: Scottish Loch

Welcome to Pixel Prose and the start of the new week 23rd – 30th November.

We spent last week in Scotland, visiting Glasgow and Edinburgh.

On the long six-hour drive up there, we needed to stop, stretch our legs and have a driving break. I was taken aback and truly captivated by the magnificent views of the loch at Annandale Water, and I determined to go back some day.

My ‘Prose’ this week is a five stanza poem of rhyming couplets – using ten syllables per line. Continue reading

Wild Imagination

Artography of a Zebra, along with a quote by Henry David Thoreau. 

My entry for the Writers Quote Challenge, hosted by Colleen from Silver Threading.

I’m loving this fun midweek challenge. If you enjoy it too you may want to check out Sunday’s Pixel Prose challenge, where you can play with quotes, word art, poetry or fiction. :)  Continue reading

Pixel Prose Challenge: The Myrtle Tree Faerie

Welcome to Pixel Prose and the start of the new week 16th – 23rd November.

This week, I am in a magical mood. I created my faerie artwork using the face of a public domain model on my iPad, she has a striking and intense look which was perfect for what I had in mind. My ‘Prose’ is a four stanza poem of rhyming couplets – using nine syllables per line.

How the challenge works:

Choose the image that most inspires you e.g. photograph or artwork – then add your Prose. 

For the purpose of this challenge, ‘Prose’ can consist of any form of creative text: I tend to explore poetry styles, but you are free to use any artistic writing you wish e.g. word art, quotes, haiku, rhyme, short fiction etc. 

You are invited to join in the fun, please click here for full challenge details. Continue reading

Autumn Mists

A misty day can create a very interesting ambience: The trees outside my front door today.

Linked to Verenacave’s ‘Festival of Leaves‘. Continue reading

Lingering Rose

A Sunday afternoon walk found this sprig of wild roses amongst the almost bare branches. What a surprise to see the buds lingering on, looking so beautiful against the autumn backdrop. 

Do Not Go Gentle‘ is one of my favourite quotes, by Dylan Thomas. I think It’s very apt for this lovely determined rose. Continue reading

Pixel Prose Challenge: Poppy Pride

Welcome to Pixel Prose and the start of the new week 9th – 16th November.

Remembrance Sunday is my inspiration, and my chance to show gratitude to all the service men and women who have lost their lives keeping our country free and safe from tyranny. 

I wrote this poem in dedication to Jack Cornwell – my relative who died young and was awarded the Victorian Cross.

I am also reminded of my time working with older adults. So much sadness! So many women who had lost their husbands, followed by their sons. There were few men left to marry again, and many of these women lived their lives alone. I like to think I gave some care and comfort to them all.

My ‘prose’ this week is a triple Haiku with a rhyming twist on the usual style. 

If you would like to join in with the challenge, please click here for details. Continue reading

French Gray Stencilled – Demi-Lune Console

A John Lewis solid wood Demi-Lune console. Painted in Farrow & Ball Eggshell ‘French Gray’, featuring a hand-painted stencil to the top in a home mixed gold/bronze artist paint. Continue reading

Second Spring

Autumn artography, with a quote by Albert Camus. My entry for the challenge ‘Writer’s Quote Wednesday’ Ok, I know I’m a day late. :) Continue reading

Pixel Prose Challenge: Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the Fifth of November – It’s Bonfire Night! An unusual second entry for the Pixel Prose Challenge, with Artography and a triple Haiku. Continue reading

Sunshine Fall

Bright Autumn days, and further trials of the camera using the iPhone 6 plus. Continue reading

Pixel Prose Challenge: See Me

Welcome to Pixel Prose and the start of the new week – 2nd – 9th November.

This month in the UK we have celebrated National Poetry Week. I was very moved by this poem featured on the intranet at work.

The poem was written by a nurse in the 1960’s. It is written from the point of view of the patient, and is often used to raise awareness about Dignity in Care.

Obviously, the poem is not my own, however, I just had to share – the message is just too powerful not to! Continue reading

« Older posts

© 2015 Unique Art Chic

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑

%d bloggers like this: