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Derelict School Cottage

Please say hello to first-time contributor Rachel Mathias, a 45-year-old woman from Pembrokeshire, Wales in the UK. Rachel is a long time sufferer of bipolar 1 & ADD. She is a single mother to two teenage boys & carer to youngest son Christopher with autism. Rachel is a world traveller & lover of culture, nature, architecture, design & all things beautiful.

About this photo: “I have taken hundreds of pictures of this little cottage which is in a tiny village here in Wales. It is now derelict although was part of a working school up until the late ’80’s.

I was on a creative roll when I captured this. It’s an intriguing building. Overgrown & wild with floors & ceilings collapsed. I painted the grass purple & added the setting sun as that’s just the way I saw it at the time. My mind was in overdrive earlier this year & I saw beauty everywhere I looked. Unfortunately, I’ve suffered from a creative block following the choice to quit my mood stabiliser. I’ve also had a breakdown but I am finally starting to recover & enjoy art once again.”

More from Rachel can be found on her 500px.

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13 comments on “Derelict School Cottage

  1. Embracing a Wounded Soul
    September 2, 2014

    Wow!

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    • Rachel
      September 4, 2014

      Thanks 🙂

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  2. Developing A New Image
    September 2, 2014

    Rachel…welcome, and what a great image to start with. May you find peace here…en theos..jim

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    • rachmathias
      September 4, 2014

      Thanks so much. Yes, I was very excited to come across this site. Hope all is good with you

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  3. Jann @ AustinDetails.me
    September 2, 2014

    Stunning. Nice work, Rachel.

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  4. kellannsheridan
    September 2, 2014

    Beautiful image!

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  5. thehappyhugger
    September 3, 2014

    Love your photo and the edit, it is gorgeous!!!

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  6. vastlycurious.com
    September 3, 2014

    This is wonderful !!!

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  7. bluebrightly
    September 3, 2014

    Interesting image! It’s so hard to go off psychotropic medications – and one feels bereft when the inspiration is gone. I’m glad it’s getting better. It may not look as exciting at first glance, but life closer to the middle road can still have beauty, and inspiration, too.

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    • rachmathias
      September 4, 2014

      Thanks. Yes, it’s tough but I had to do it. I haven’t found any medication that’s right for me unfortunately but, learn a little more with every breakdown

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  8. Dreams and Zeros
    September 3, 2014

    Superb shot!

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  9. rachmathias
    September 4, 2014

    Thanks to all of you for your support & kind words. I hope to start practising my art again soon. At the moment it’s still very difficult to find that drive.

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