Thursday, March 15, 2012

Photo Art Friday, March 16th - 18th

I can't believe it is time for Photo Art Friday already!  Where do the days go?  Wherever they go, they certainly fly there faster than ever before ... or so it seems to me lately. 

Hope you are all thriving and ready to showcase your photo art in our little virtual gallery.

This week's options for our photo art are:

1.  any piece of photo art you wish to 'hang'
2.  a piece of photo art with some element in it that is hidden in plain sight
3.  a piece of photo art highlighting the color green ... it will soon be St. Patrick's Day after all!

Next week's options for your photo art link-ups are:

1.  any piece of photo art you choose

2.  a piece of photo art that, without using a photo of yourself, is somehow autobiographical in nature

Here is my photo art contribution for this week:

This composition was crafted using 2 of my textures and several public domain images from the web that I altered in PSE and incorporated into the image.  It has a little bit of "hidden" and a tiny bit of "green" to include parts of  two of the theme options for this week.   

I know the above image represents something from my unconscious, but I have not spent any time trying to figure out what ... exactly.  I know much good, unconscious work takes place simply through the process of art creation.

That's one of the great things about creating composite art - it's like weaving a dream from disparate elements that have been hanging around inside you, patiently waiting for expression or release. 

Composite photo art can act a bit like art therapy, and like a dream does not have to be analyzed or understood to do its work of processing and releasing charged elements from the unconscious.  Analysis, of course, can provide valuable insights, but the act of expression (be it in dreams, in art, in expressive arts, etc.) releases some of the energy bound up in the images all on its own.

I am aware that some of my images that appear sombre and dark in mood come from my own inner 'stuff ' ... and many come from toxic, tormented issues and images absorbed from the stories of clients over many years of work as a psychotherapist.  Though therapists are trained in establishing boundaries so as not to confuse their psychological issues with those of their clients ... some 'cross-over' is bound to happen.  In fact, the clinical name for this phenomenon is "vicarious traumatization". 

So that may explain for you why I often say I have not spent any time trying to analyze an image.  I sense it is old stuff, often not mine, and simply needs expression to be released from my system. 

Nice to know our photo art endeavors can be beneficial for the mind/body/spirit as well as for our purely creative needs, don't you think?!


  1. Wow!!! Incredible image. Well done!
    Stay inspired!

  2. Really fantastic Bonnie.
    I love how thought-provoking it is.
    Thank you for hosting, and have a great weekend!

  3. Bonnie - "love" your image this week; especially like how the "trees" form a face. Beautiful. I am trying to get back into the swing of things after a holiday; and, it sure takes time! LOL - thanks so much for keeping the creative juices flowing.

  4. Fascinating image. I haven't started exploring public domain images yet, but really must add it to my to-do list!

  5. Wow! fantastic work! Beautiful tones, and lot of interesting thinks shows up
    the longer I look at it!
    Have a nice weekend:)

  6. your "composite art" is stunning and your thoughts and comparisons of composite art to art therapy are insightful . . . thank you for your words and for sharing them. (and I can't find the little bit of hidden)

  7. I've been a therapist for 20 years this year and I've found making art/photography has kept me sane and often it'll lift my mind back up to a more positive place.

    I'm glad you find your creating therapeutic, I think all creations are healing on some level, even when the artist doesn't see it at the time. That's why I love your link up as Thursday's a busy therapy day for me, so after my bath I come out and post something to share with you and go to bed thinking about all our lovely pictures :) Thanks for hosting Bonnie.

  8. Your piece reminds me of "daughter nature" or a woodland fairy. Soft greens that are unique, lovely creation.
    I always enjoy what you offer!
    Thank you!

  9. I just love your abstract work...well all of your work. I'm glad that you can use your talent to release all that's inside. I think when we quiet our minds and let go of the stuff inside, we create some of the best work.

    Thanks for sharing. Now I'm hoping to let go and start creating...been a bit bogged down at work.

    Bright blessings,

  10. I love the way the tree branches outline the face, eyes and mouth of a clever and creative.

  11. There was a lot of "inner stuff" going on in my mind tonight as I worked on this image, Bonnie. ;-) Our oldest son is on a solo trip to Panama, Peru, and Colombia. I don't care if he's a grown man....I still want to know he's okay! Thank heavens for Facebook, where he can post without paying premium data fees for his phone. I hadn't seen a post since this morning, so that was in the back of my mind while I was working on the "green" piece. Finally, he posted that there is no water (or toilets) in Cartagena but he's going to Isla Baru tomorrow. Working on my post was therapeutic for me because there was no way I was going to bed not knowing.

    I love the shade of green in your art...and all those "sketchy" images. Amazing how the woman's facial features are really branches. Wow!

  12. Beautifully done again Bonnie. I love the lines of the trees and how they blend into her eyes! I look forward to experimenting with my new textures, thanks again!!

  13. I like this picture you show today. You have done nice work with it.

  14. I've found photo journaling to be very powerful. It will be interesting to experiment with composite photo art. Thanks for writing about it!

  15. I absolutely love your results this week! What a beautiful image - I love how her eyes are the tops of the trees. I always thought I would be a good psychologist since I'm a very good listener...but I did worry that I would take in everyone's trauma as my own (which I tend to do). I agree with you that art is a very therapeutic way to express those trapped emotions. Thanks for sharing your photo art and your thoughts!

  16. come i have never been over loss for sure...some really great art in the links...i def feel that cross over this week, it has been brutal regardless of boundaries...can a full moon last all week? smiles. have a wonderful weekend!

  17. Your background story is interesting
    and gives broader meaning to your photo creation this week.
    I like that you can give "voice" to the feelings and memories
    and then just let them be.

  18. Fabulous image!

  19. Such an interesting piece. It's intriguin and makes you really sit back and think about it for sure. Your abstract work is wonderful.

  20. I like this picture you show today. You have done nice work with it.
    Hollister Clothing also like your posts.

  21. Very artistic site! Just made my first contribution. Thanks for sharing, everyone! :)


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