Every now and then, I am compelled to get all wanky over my photography and do arty farty things to it in GIMP. I do hate myself for it but it turns up some gems, and so I continue. For rare examples of the average turned awesome, see below:
Unfortunately, this fascination with embettering my images digitally (usually through poncey monochrome, if you hadn't noticed) goes hand in hand with a belief that at the heart of every arty photographer is a failed artist - someone with the flair and imagination to draw and paint things but, unfortunately, none of the actual talent. This is probably a huge slur on those photographers who can draw and paint. There will obviously be a few. Feel free to rant in the comments if I'm wrong.
So I've bought some of these:
And one of these:
The idea being that I will better myself on several levels by learning some simple watercolour, and maybe learn a bit about art in the process. Certainly can't hurt my photography.
And when the birds don't turn up, you can paint trees. My plan is full of WIN.