Thursday, October 4, 2012

Photo Art Friday, October 5th, 6th




Welcome to our first virtual gallery showcase (aka Photo Art Friday) for October 2012.  Since it is already or almost Friday in half of the world - the doors to our gallery open Thursday here in the Western Hemisphere.

It just warms my heart to see digital artists from across the globe sharing their photo art compositions here each week.  And the caliber of all the work just blows me away!

This week you can share any piece of photo art that you wish to feature or you can link up a piece that highlights our weekly optional prompt.  The prompt for this week is "figure(s)".  If you feel a bit stymied by the prompt 'figure' but still wish to use it, in posts earlier this week I provided a texture and a background that you can use with one of your photos - if you choose.





This piece is from a photograph of one of my paintings that then had a couple of textures added to it. I like the abstract, stick-like figures and the textured background, although it may not be to every one's taste.







Thought I would throw in a little piece of composite photo-art featuring my favorite little figure skater.  These photos are from a competition in 2011.  She continues to train and compete - now travelling to different cities to test her talents.  We are all amazed at how fearless, determined and focused she is.

I arranged the photos of her on one of my textures, using it as a background.  Once happy with the arrangement, I added another texture full of swirls (my own) to suggest movement (and keep her Mom happy by blurring any clear view of her facial features)  - reducing its opacity until I was happy with the effect.





When I visit your blogs, enjoy your images, and read your posts I try to imagine you in your particular environment.  It's such a unique privilege to be allowed into your world in this limited way.  I hope life is good for each of you and that whatever challenges arise, you are able to manage and move through them.

If you are currently experiencing any of the myriad of challenges that life can bring, I would sincerely encourage you to check out (and evaluate for yourself) the works of Eckhart Tolle.   See if his gentle, non-denominational, inner-peace perspective can bring you some relief and comfort.  His two main books are The Power of Now and A New Earth.  His books have been translated into 33 languages, so they are available worldwide.  


You can also get a feel for the way he articulates this eternal philosophy by watching videos of him on YouTube, or by visiting his website www.eckharttolletv.com.




A composite of two photographs - one of a flowering bush, the other of a section of a piece of silver sculpture seen in a gallery window.  After manipulating and placing the figure where I wanted it, I brushed over it with a small, soft brush (foreground color a pink tone found in the flowering bush).  I reduced the opacity of the pink after application.  Then, still thinking about Eckhart Tolle, the word presence was added, and my initials (from a brush I made) to finish.  Easy peasy.  








Next week any photo art image is welcome or you can share one inspired by this prompt:

Liquid




28 comments:

  1. This is a wonderful post, Bonnie. I felt like I had been taken inside out of a driving storm when I read it through, as well your earlier one. [today?! NOT sure but I read it today]

    How is it someone can have so much goodness in her heart and share it so gently and generously?! You are an inspiration and I am so grateful for my path crossing yours.

    I loved this prompt/suggestion, for many reasons. I'm looking forward to posting my take on it, or at least the take I settled on this afternoon.

    I feel much the same as you have expressed about BEing invited and welcomed in. The more I participate the more full of JOY I feel. There really are a LOT of wonderfully BEautimous people out there and I especially love that they fit so nicely here in the Wee Cottage!!

    much much Love & Gratitude to you and a wondrous Thanksgiving, too!!

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  2. your first figure image has a touch of africa over it. :) It is my favourite for today.

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  3. Wow, you've outdone yourself this week, Bonnie...what beautiful images and processing! I'm amazed at how much movement your abstract figures have, and the photos of your granddaughter are precious...I also love your last image and the lovely pattern you achieved over top of the figure. Beautiful! And oh, how I love Eckhart Tolle...The Power of Now was a life changing book for me. Thank you for sharing both your photo art and your thoughts - it's a privilege to visit your blog each week, too. :)

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  4. I love the abstract art, you are so talented and kind! Thanks for sharing and allowing me participate:)

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  5. Bonnie i love the first offering that you did here, the lovely hints of dancers against the lovely textured background. You are so artistic!

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  6. Great pieces! I especially love that first one.

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  7. Dear Bonnie, thank you so much for the link to Tolle, I feel like I need to read his books, life has been too much a challenge over the last months. Loved the challenge although I did go tongue in cheek. Love the ice skater. Cheers

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  8. Bear with me while I share an image of our first grand baby!!! they have been married for 18 years and decided they really wanted a baby....lucky they got their wish and WE HAVE A GRAND DAUGHTER TO SPOIL!!!!
    MEET CLARA!
    I always enjoy this challenge and appreciate the opportunity to view and share!!!

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  9. beautiful examples ~ that first one is extraordinary~!!

    thank you for your generousity with the free layers/textures. they are beautiful and fun to work with.

    will have to look into the Ekhart Tolle information.

    i'm happy to be playing along once again this week and am looking forward to seeing what others have done with the challenge.
    i did find it a bit challenging but that's half the fun.

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  10. Bonnie your first piece inspired me to create one of my own. - I love the abstract look of those figures in your piece and what wonderful textures/colors. Also loved your piece of the little "Figure" skater - How old is she? I think it's so cool that she is dedicated to something like that she loves. We tried Coleen with ice skating but it wasn't her cup of tea at all.

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  11. Interesting composition of textures with these paintings, prehistoric paintings remind me.

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  12. Great JOB, Bonnie! The first one abstract figure piece of art is GORGEOUS.

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  13. I just love your work! You are so talanted!

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  14. Hello Bonnie - actually your theme prompt was not too hard but my figures refused to be artified. I love the abstract figures in the 1st image and the colour though your 'figures of 8' skater is charming. As for presence,it is a superb statement. p.s. just seen your free themes and eager to test them out. Thank you!

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  15. I think the figures on your first one also could be skating - they definitely seem to be sliding on ice or glass. It is a great artwork - i like the movement and the texture.

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  16. I really like the last one and thanks for the link to Tolle's website, I'm off to investigate further
    Carol aka traveller

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  17. A beautiful trio of images from you this week Bonnie,I love the abstract figures in the first one,and also the last one, the composition is perfect. You must be so proud of your ice skating prodigy ;) she looks great out there!

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  18. Where I got the notion that numbers was the theme is beyond me. I loved the collage of your granddaughters skating photos. I did read Ekert Tolle's book a few years ago. Must get it out again. Valerie

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  19. I love that first image, it just speaks to me on so many levels . . . the colors are perfect, happy but not too bold. And I agree with Sherri on the movement, it even feels a bit graceful! And I wanted to tell you that I am loving the (I think 5) sets of texture I bought...loving them! Thank you so much, I love coming here! xo

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  20. The composite of your little figure skater is so neat! I hope you framed a copy for her! :)
    Thanks for hosting each week, it's always fun to see what everyone comes up with!

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  21. I love the first piece, Bonnie. I also like the way you used the second texture as framing for the montage of photos of the lovely little skater.

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  22. The first abstract piece shown is very intriguing - love it!

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  23. Underbara kontraster mellan svart och lila.Supersnyggt. Ha en trevlig helg.

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  24. You really captured your own prompt ... your abstracts are perfect figures and so beautiful. The little skater, it goes without saying ... she is beautiful and beautifully displayed. I love your prompts and this meme and everytime I look at your posts, I realize I have so much to learn from you. Thank you for all of it ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  25. your pieces are wonderful, Bonnie! as usual. I really like the first one.

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  26. Hi Bonnie, I love all that you have shared.Beautiful! I hope this comment comes through. I am going to use another another method..

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  27. I think your first piece in particular is astonishing and I love that you mentioned Tolle --he is a constant companion on my journey.

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  28. Hello, Dear! I've just found your lovely blog...so nice to meet you!
    ~ I "play" at digital photography, and am amazed by what you do!...I'm now following you, as well ~ ♥
    Hugs,
    Anne

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