Thursday, August 9, 2012

Photo Art Friday, August 10th, 11th



Welcome to Photo Art Friday!  Did you come bearing gifts?

Yes, the artistic prompt for this week is the word 'gift(s)'.  Can't wait to see the interpretations of that prompt.  And yes, if you prefer to do your own thing you do not have to use the prompt.  Show us any piece of photo art that you are inspired to share.

I was in a bit of a reflective mood this week.  My reflections seemed to be mainly about the things I appreciate - that I am grateful for - and there are so many.

One recurring reflection was about the magical healing properties of my body, the body.  It does so many extraordinary things for us that are totally out of our conscious awareness and that therefore go unacknowledged.  So I dedicated some to time to simply thanking my body for all its chemical, hormonal, neural, etc. etc. processes.  Seems it's the least one can do when you think of all the gifts we receive from our genius body.

Those of us who love photography and digital editing of our photographs must be folks who are awed and humbled by the beauty all around us.  Beauty is such a healing factor in a life - an ever-accessible gift.  One of my favorite books is "Beauty:  The Invisible Embrace - Rediscovering the true sources of compassion, serenity, and hope." by John O'Donohue.  If you are a lover of beauty, you will appreciate this book.  It's one of my favorites and I have purchased many to give as gifts to those I love.

As a lover of beauty I have to say I am also grateful for the surroundings, resources, tools, information, etc. that I have at my disposal to help me create my own bits of beauty.  So I am featuring some of these resources as my interpretation of the prompt 'gift(s)'.


 The gift of a lush, white bloom from my garden this Spring.  The gift of being able to use Photoshop to eliminate any background noise that could detract from the beauty of the peony.




 The gift of looking out at mountains, sky, clouds, trees.  The gift of my camera with which I can capture moments where all of these things come together.  The gift of being able to manipulate my photographs into textures (pdpa Magic Mountain from the Impressionist Interlude Texture Set) that I can use to enhance other photographs.




The gift of the alchemy when tools, resources, choices come together to create more beauty from what was already beautiful.  Such a healing gift - to be able to create little snippets of beauty and to be elevated, renewed somehow by the process.




Next week the prompt for Photo Art Friday is 'container' - open to any and all interpretations.  But you are always welcome to post whatever piece of photo art you are moved to showcase here.  

Every piece linked up here is a gift.  All your gifts of photo art are welcome and appreciated.

31 comments:

  1. I love the eventual result .. and the color is captivating. A work of art, indeed!

    Cheers on this Friday morning, Bonnie!

    Tito Eric of Panglao Island, Bohol

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  2. I hope you son´t mind me psoting two. I had a hard tiem choosing. :( They are both gifts of natures beauty. :)

    I like what you did here. I think it is one of your best pieces. :)

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  3. Gorgeous photos, Bonnie. Actually quite breathtaking. The 3rd on in particular makes me just want to stare and lose myself inside its many gifts.

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  4. Bonnie, your art work with week is a delight, and love the techniques. Hugs

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  5. beautiful interpretation, and thank you for sharing your gift of creativity ...

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  6. What a beautiful result! Although I also love the second image all on its own. Thank you for another great challenge, Bonnie.

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  7. A fantastic edit...beautiful image.

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  8. Wow, what you did with this one little white bloom. Magic!

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  9. Beautiful photos, beautiful work!

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  10. Beautiful work. I loved the processing in the last photo. Took that rose to another dimension. Valerie

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  11. What a beautiful and touching post...your images are fantastic, and your words resonate. We were both on the same wavelength about our gifts this week. Thanks for all you do, Bonnie - and I will definitely investigate that book. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. OMG, Bonnie, you photos are gorgeous, but the final piece just blows me away!
    What color!!!

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  13. This process ended with something totally unbelievable...a wonderful piece of art...I hope to become as creative and experienced...thank you for all the inspiration.

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  14. Great result! Love the colors.
    Thanks for the book recommendation; I'll check it out.

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  15. Your photos are beautiful and the technique so interesting. They inspire me.

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  16. In my mind, the tools are just that ... tools. The gift is what you are able to do with them and, as usual, you have surpassed beauty ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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  17. Hi! I like the first photo to eliminate any background noise by proshop.
    Almost of all my photos are SOOC. I want to learn many technics in a future. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  18. That's really a fantastic combination, Bonnie. Definitely a pic I would put on my wall!

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  19. Wonderful reflections in your thoughts on Gifts this week. Your rendering of the photo's into the finished piece is fabulous and most certainly a "Gift". Thank you for sharing it with us. Love the end result.

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  20. your number 3 is so gorgeous!!!!
    A fun idea for a challenge!
    Now, off to see the gifts!!

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  21. I love how you put this together Bonnie, and you are such a gift with all that you share with us! And I'm so mad that I forgot to order some sets when you had them on sale!!

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  22. Wonderful, Bonnie, and my favorite is the last one with that fantastic tones! I didn't come up with any "Gift" theme this week, but you said it so wonderfully.... "The gift of the alchemy when tools, resources, choices come together to create more beauty from what was already beautiful. Such a healing gift - to be able to create little snippets of beauty and to be elevated, renewed somehow by the process"
    Wish you a nice weekend:)

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  23. Bonnie!! What beautiful creations....I am in constant awe of your gift!

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  24. Did you get this reply to the comment you left me?
    Hey Bonnie, thanks for the kind words. I added your button to the end of the post and my blog. I enjoy going through all the entries! :))
    I'm still learning about the blogging world and the commenting system.
    Karen at http://bridgitsbell.blogspot.com

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  25. What a lovely post, Bonnie, thank you!

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  26. Truly exquisite. Thanks so much for sharing your art and such lovely sentiments. And, thanks for hosting!

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  27. Ijust found your blog and the Photo Art Friday is a wonderful site. I plan to revisit often.

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