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.
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: