Saturday, 23 March 2013

Bonnie's Challenge: A Self-Portrait

"Every man's work, whether it be music or literature or pictures or architecture
or anything else, is always a portrait of himself."
~ Samuel Butler

"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it.
 Autograph your work with excellence."
~ Unknown

"The countenance is the portrait of the soul
and the eyes mark its intentions."
~ Marcus Tullious Cicero

"A man walks through life painting a portrait,
not of what he would have done, could have done or should have done,
but of what he did."
~ Unknown

I had a great time taking and playing with these shots this week.  It can be difficult to take photos of yourself but I have learned not to be too quick to delete what might at first glance seem unusable.  These all came from shots I would NEVER use for anything but photo art play.

Now I must get over to Bonnie's before the linky closes.
Come, enjoy the gallery with me. 
Be inspired.

Photo Art Friday

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Art of the Prophets

"Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us."
~ Martin Luther

". . .  David took the lyre and strummed a tune.  Saul got relief and felt better . . ." 1 Samuel 16:23

The optional theme for Photo Art Friday this week is "Portrait".
Last summer I was delighted to attend a concert in the park featuring Willis Taylor, the subject in my submission this week. Beautiful music in the great outdoors is truly a wondrous gift that brings people together and lets you step away from the cares and concerns of the day and just "be". Willis and his band did a set of golden oldies that got this 60-ish couple movin' and a-groovin' with total abandonment that warmed everyone's heart and lit up faces with ear to ear smiles. It was a toe tapping, finger snapping, hands clapping, sing along, spirit refreshing time that I will not soon forget.

Joining Bonnie and friends at . . .
Photo Art Friday

Friday, 8 March 2013

Creativity is Spiritual

Here I am a little late to the party again but I sure did enjoy Bonnie's challenge this week for Photo Art Friday. Working primarily with textures and perhaps a single other image of our choice, we were to produce an abstract piece to hang in the gallery this week. I started out early in the week and came up with the image below fairly quickly.  It consists of a background layer of pdpa "Blank Page", a layer of pdpa "Splashes of Gold" and 2 layers of pdpa "Leafy Landscape" with one of them flipped vertically.  I do not remember the blend modes but I did make some adjustments to the brightness and contrast.  The piece sat in that state for five days before I got back to it and added the quote.  

The next two images are built upon the first with the addition of another texture layer, pdpa "Golden Bokeh". Using the "difference" blend mode the colours just popped in a delightful palette of blues and greens that I am totally smitten with.

This final image was flipped both vertically and horizontally and has an additional image layer  . . . a single tulip.  A different opacity percentage shifted the colour range in some parts of the piece but it still is clearly related to the one above .

I am very pleased with the way these all turned out.  I feel like the intensity of the colours matches the range of emotions I have experienced over these last weeks dealing with some difficult health issues and that is why the quote I chose resonates so deeply with me.  Some things are just too hard to articulate any other way and engaging in the creative process allows me to express what I don't have words for.

Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend.
Take some rest and have some fun.
Blessings, dear friends,
Andrea Dawn.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Vintage Themed Photo Art Friday

When the theme of "Vintage" was announced for this week's Photo Art Friday gallery my mind flew off in several directions at once.  Should I use photos from the 50's and 60's where vintage items would naturally be involved or should I use textures to create a vintage feel.

My first pieces are vintage Olsen kids (me and my sibs) . . .
I used 2 different filters and 1 layer of pdpa "Antique Me" at Hue 24%
 The middle child, Dallas Birk, perched on the back of a truly vintage automobile - 1942 Buick.

Next we have the rest of us.  My older sister Kari Jane is holding Martha Lorraine and I am holding her twin brother, Mark Leroy. This has always been a favourite family photo.
Comic Book filter and levels adjustment.

Later in the week some lighthouse shots I had taken came to mind and I thought they would be perfect to play with some vintage textures.  I really love how the first one turned out  . . .

Lyrics from "Lighthouse" by Phillipa Hanna
1 layer pdpa "Vintage Vellum" at Burn 77 %

I am not so sure about this one, but I enjoyed the process of trying different ideas and just being willing to not follow a formula or be too concerned about "getting it right".  It's art, right?  For me it kind of looks like something found in an old scrapbook where the writing from one page has transferred over to the photo from years of being stuck together.
2 layers of pdpa "Vintage Craquelure" and 1 layer pdpa "Signed and Sealed" at various blend modes.
I am looking forward to next week's assignment and seeing what is hanging in the gallery at Bonnie's.
Photo Art Friday