Thursday, August 16, 2012

Photo Art Friday, August 17th, 18th



Welcome to the weekly showcase of art made from photographs, aka, Photo Art Friday!  If you are a new visitor to our virtual photo art gallery, you can read the guidelines for participation here.

Any photo art is welcome in our gallery, but each week I provide an optional prompt.  This week's prompt is "container(s)".  Can't wait to see all the creative interpretations you've fashioned with this prompt!

Here are two pieces of photo art that feature containers:


I have four clay pots on our back deck where I plant my herbs each year.  Nasturtium plants are always tucked in each pot for their pop of color and because I love to place their edible flowers on our salads.   They have really taken over this year!   Nasturtium flowers, if you have never sampled one, have a peppery, radish-like taste.  These herb containers are placed on a bench so that our little rabbit and ground hog herbivore friends don't help themselves and deplete our source overnight.

To give the container garden  photograph a more artsy feel, I cropped, saturated, sharpened it, and added a touch of the PSE filter "poster edges".





Above is an old jewelery box that contains some of my deceased mother's keepsakes.  It's a container of bits of old jewelery, a few photos - but much more important than that it is a container of memories, hopes, dreams, sorrows, joys, disappointments, triumphs and meaning.  Containers can hold so many precious things beyond the obvious.

Of course, the most precious container of all is the heart.  Do you ever consider the contents you carry in your heart?  Are there resentments, grievances, griefs, hurts, disappointments, anger housed there that are no longer relevant and/or helpful?  Is it time to release some of the things the container of your heart has been carrying?  

It's never too soon to stop holding and nursing old, long-since-past trauma and grievances.  They weigh us down and do both symbolic and literal damage to mind, body and spirit.  (Sometimes we can benefit from professional help as we release the wounds of the past from our heart.)   Make a conscious effort to reserve your heart as a container for delight, joy, love, appreciation and gratitude.  It's a healing choice to release old grief and grievances from your heart space - and no one can prevent you from making such a healthy choice, but you.



I've decided to take a break from Photo Art Friday for the next two Fridays.  It will be back on Friday, September 7th.   I'll post a reminder and a prompt earlier that week.




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31 comments:

  1. Lovely post, Bonnie. So true that it's healing to let go of the past, and open our hearts to joy and gratitude. I'm away this week, and won't have a chance to link. Enjoy the rest of the summer. See you in September! :)

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  2. love both containers. And now I am off to bed, that´s my container for the night. :)

    Have a great weekend.

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  3. Your photos are exceptional, Bonnie. I am inspired and encouraged. EnJOY your wee bit of time and see you in September!!

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  4. I'm in my container (bed) joining in via macbook :) I love both of your images Bonnie, I hope you enjoy your break, I just had one and feel better for it. Have fun!

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  5. sorry i haven't been around! i've been taking an unplanned blog break this summer--very few posts on my blog recently. your container shots are great. hope to see you in september.

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  6. Bonnie, I love those herb containers! Being a gardener myself I should have thought of those. I didn't follow the prompt this time, just played around a little bit and let the magic happen...
    Good for you to take a couple weeks off, enjoy the time!

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  7. I love the difference in these, both beautiful!!!
    Enjoy your break and see you later, take care!

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  8. Bonnie, I love this statement from your post:
    "Of course, the most precious container of all is the heart. Do you ever consider the contents you carry in your heart? Are there resentments, grievances, griefs, hurts, disappointments, anger housed there that are no longer relevant and/or helpful? Is it time to release some of the things the container of your heart has been carrying?"
    So true!

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  9. Lovely jewelry box, Bonnie. I hope your two weeks will be filled with delight, joy, love, appreciation and gratitude. Enjoy!

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  10. Hi Bonnie
    Enjoy your vacation from the computer :).
    Stay inspired!

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  11. Wonderful containers with just the right amount of post processing love. Enjoy your break... it seems we bloggers have all been taking some time off. As always really enjoy your place. xo teri

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  12. Your post is great...I love nasturtiums too, and never thought about putting them in the pots with the herbs. I will do that. I love the image of the jewel box - It holds very special memories for you. See you in a few weeks. Have a nice "vacation".

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  13. Beautiful photos...I've got my thinking cap on.
    Hugs
    SUeAnn

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  14. Lovely photos. I have a friend who always leaves flowers (from a neighbour's garden) on my doorstep if I am not home when she visits. Yesterday it was a stem of lavender and three nasturtium leaves. They are in a vase on my kitchen bench. A lovely gift. btw my neighbour encourages others to share her garden:) I love the textures and sepia of your picture of your mother's jewellery box!

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  15. I think I will put nasturtiums in a pot for our Blinky. Love your edit. See you when you are ready to come back. Hugs

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  16. Your images are lovely, but your words are even more beautiful...I loved what you said about the heart. You give very wise advice, Bonnie...I hope you enjoy your two weeks off and I will look forward to seeing you again in September!

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  17. I wish I had as much success you do with my herbs!

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  18. The heart is indeed a vessel of all things good including life itself. I love your profound thinking as well as your pictures, especially your antique treatment of the memories in your mother's jewelry box. I will miss PHF ... I look forward to it every week, so September can't get here fast enough for me (Not that I want to wish away your break time:). Thank you for adding a spark to my blogging life. Be well ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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  19. Enjoy your break Bonnie. See you in a couple of weeks.

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  20. I love the bold brightness of your nasturtiums. They look lovely in the brown pots. The soft, sepia tones and old-fashioned script are perfect touches for the box of family treasures.

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  21. Lovely containers.
    Have a great vacation.

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  22. I am joining for the fist time, sorry I did not know about the prompt in advance I will check in future. I posted my photo this am and then forgot to link up!

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  23. I came to check out what you do, after seeing other's posts. Beautiful!
    McGuffy's Reader
    http://www.mcguffysreader.blogspot.com

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  24. Enjoy your time off; see you in September!

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  25. I love your containers and the Nasturtiums are beautiful! :)

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  26. Thanks for visiting roadworkink.We love Nusturtium flowers in spring and summer salads,your pic has inspired us to plant some,they look so inviting!

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  27. Tack för din kommentar. Gillar din textur. Så bra att det sparas på gamla saker. Ha de gott i helgen.

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  28. Love your beautiful containers for your herbs! We grow ours in pieces of eaves trough attached to the shed but I had never thought of planting our nasturtium there (for both colour and bunny protection!) Clever idea!
    Also love the jewelry box full of memories...very precious! What a treasure you have in that!
    ...and thanks Bonnie - for all you do to hold this space for us to create and grow.
    special thanks for that awesome texture 'starburst'...which I am hoping will save an overexposed but loved wedding photo! (I knew I was keeping it for a reason!)

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  29. your photos are delightful, Bonnie, your words are a treasure trove as much as the container of keepsakes is.
    My efforts at following your sage advice are meeting with some success now, grievances and old hurts really should not be allowed houseroom at this time of my life.

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