About the Melisanda Factor

I started this blog in 2006. I intended it to be a vehicle for creative transformation. But I grew lazy. Or maybe just overwhelmed with the demands of life.

Today is 7 June 2013. I’ve started blogging again after a break of two and a half years. This time I intend to be more persistent. Whether there will be any releasing of my creative spirit I don’t know. One can but hope.

What do you need to know about me?

Name:  Carmel Glover
Age:  Timeless (so you know I’m ‘mature’, don’t you)
Occupation:  Book designer/artist
Location:  Redcliffe Peninsula, QLD, Australia

Things I love:

■  colour and texture

■  music and musicians

■  art­ – the sort that reveals the soul of the artist

■  design – that combines function and beauty in equal quantities

■  movies – those that make me laugh or cry or think

■  books – especially beautifully produced ones

■  people­ – those with a sense of humour, who don’t take themselves seriously

■  dappled things

■  beaches – especially deserted ones

■  shells and beach stones
– the imperfect broken ones whose scars show they’ve lived

■  surprises

■  a whisper of danger and adventure

■  the whimsical

■  birds, cats, dogs, donkeys,
snow tigers … all of the natural world and its creatures really (except cockroaches and mosquitoes)

There, I think that’s enough. If you want to know more, ask me questions.




8 thoughts on “About the Melisanda Factor

  1. Hello Carmel,
    I just dropped by your Blog via Barb Kobe. I’m a member of the medicine doll group. I love what you are doing here. Your art is so inspiring. I’m in Oz too, and I have wordpress blog which you might enjoy, since we seem to have many interests in common. Anyway I wanted to wish you all the best on your healing journey. Lisa

    • Thank you so much Lisa. I hope to become more active in the Medicine Doll group … but have a lot of ground to make up. I checked out your blog, and yes, we do seem to have a lot in common.


      • Thanks for following my blog Carmel. I look forward to sharing with you.
        Best wishes,

  2. Hi Carmel, I wanted to know what kind of camera you use? I am thinking of upgrading mine soon. At the moment it’s a little Olympus…got me through my art therapy course but doesn’t capture close up details or provide any depth of field. I’d be interested in your experience if you care to share. Thanks very much, Lisa

    • Lisa, the camera I use is 6 years old … Canon Powershot S3 IS. At the time it cost me $1100. The latest models, which are MUCH more advanced, are also much cheaper. Here is a range of Canon cameras http://www.canon.com.au/en-AU/Personal/Products/Cameras-and-Accessories/Digital-Cameras. Great value is the SX500, which I think you can find for under $500. There’s a new one on ebay for $264, with free delivery. I think you’ll find the SX50 for under $500 too. The GIX can be found for under $600. There is so much choice on the market, and any number of excellent cameras, but Canon seems to hold its own (whereas Nikon has slipped, according to reviews I’ve read). But it’s hard to buy a ‘bad’ camera these days.

      If you’re really into photography, DSLRs are the best choice … but they’re more expensive and you have to be prepared to lug extra lenses around. The advantage is that you look through the lens at exactly what you’re seeing. All the compacts (as listed above) have ‘digital’ viewfinders which are not as clear. Mine is awful in bright sunlight, but the modern models are better … it’s something you’d need to check though.

      The advantage of the compacts listed above is that they have super-zoom lenses, which get you up close views from afar. They’re also considerably lighter than the DSLRs.

      Think about the sort of photography you want to do most. If closeups are important, the camera should have the ability to focus really close. With my camera, I have to use manual mode to get really close, which is a bit of a fiddle. Still, it’s good to have a camera with a manual mode, as it gives you more flexibility with exposure too. I’m pretty sure those listed above will all have manual mode.

      As regards the pixel count … much is made of the megapixels, but from what I’ve read from people who should know, once you reach 6 megapixels, it’s more than adequate unless you want to enlarge beyond 8×10 inches. Most of the modern ones will be 10 and above, but I wouldn’t pay extra just for more pixels.

      That’s all I can think of at the moment, but if you have any more questions, pass them on.


  3. Hi Carmel,
    Thanks so very much for your comprehensive reply and taking the time to share your experience. It really helps to narrow the field down somewhat because there is so much out there, and I tend to get overwhelmed by choice! I’m going to look into the Canon definitely. The more people I talk to, the more I hear the name Canon. If I have any more questions I’ll get back to you, thanks. In the meantime enjoy creating and I hope to see you on the Medicine doll board. With gratitude, Lisa

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