Thursday, February 28, 2013

Photo Art Friday, March 1st - 2nd

Welcome to the 'vintage' version of Photo Art Friday! 

If you are new here and would like to participate, just click on the Photo Art Friday tab under my header for the guidelines.

You are always free to hang any piece of your photo ART in our virtual art gallery, and every week there is an optional theme or challenge that you can embrace if you choose.  As previously stated, this week's optional theme is 'vintage'.

Here are my 'vintage' contributions:

(Click on image to enlarge)

Next week for the March 8th, 9th version of Photo Art Friday, the optional challenge is to:

Create a piece of abstract art using
only pdpa textureS

 *** Addendum:  After a few emails asking for clarification about next week's challenge, I have decided that making an abstract from only textures is probably a bit too ambitious.

So the challenge is now changed to:

Create a piece of abstract art using:

*  pdpa textures (as many as you please)
* one of your own images or photos  

The key thing to remember as you create is that we have no 'theme police' walking our virtual gallery to issue fines for 'theme infractions'.  You are free to be creative!  

Think out of the box!  Embrace the edge.  Experiment!  Be unpredictable! Why you can even be outrageous (within in the PG-rated realm of respectability, of course)

Try things you don't think will work - you never know what you will discover - and if you don't like what you discover - simply undo it.  Some of my best composites have resulted from some very weird combinations that should not have produced anything worthy ... but surprise, surprise ... they did!  

Be willing to try something new ... again ... and again ... and again. Otherwise you keep on doing the same old thing again and again and again!  Where's the learning or development in that?  

Above all - be wonderfully, uniquely and artfully YOU.  And ... there may be way more to the artful you that you have yet to discover!

Here's a free texture that some of you might like to use (you do not have to) as the base or canvas for your PAF March 8th/9th abstract:

To download pdpa PAF Gift texture, click HERE.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

... my 'vintage' macho-man ...

Hey!  How are you?  Well I hope!

I've been trying to keep my DH off his feet (after surgery last week) by watching movies with him and playing Scrabble.  However, macho-man that he is, he ignored doctor's orders and my exhortations and tried to return to the normal pattern of his days. Yesterday, that included some heavy lifting (NO, not me!) ... and yes ... last night his surgery incision was bleeding.

Anyway all is well today.  The incision seems to have healed again (aren't our bodies wonderful?!!) and today he is quite contrite, realizing he brought this scare upon himself with the unnecessary (and forbidden) heavy lifting.

So ... my DH - stretch out on the sofa and let's play some more Scrabble.  NO, you do not have a choice!!!  (As you know, macho men would prefer that no one know they play Scrabble - so please don't tell anyone.)   ;)


As a nod to the optional theme for PAF this week, I thought I would try and give this image a vintage feel by adding my new texture, pdpa Antique Me.  I added it once blending it in Hard Light and then  duplicated the texture layer and blended it in Soft Light. Added a Layer Mask to remove some of the texture from the center of the image.  Kind of like it.

 Added one of my linen-like textures (twice) to this version.  It gives a slightly more subdued vintage look to the piece.

A new marbleized-looking texture was added here to achieve the desired vintage feel.  Looks rather old and a bit moldy to me.  Does that qualify as vintage?  :)

Have you prepared your vintage image to hang in our virtual gallery on March 1st and 2nd?  That's only a couple of days away!

Sunday, February 24, 2013


...................................................................................................... all these dots signify how lost I am for words ................................................................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You guys make such GREAT connections!

I have viewed all the submissions to our 'connected' edition of Photo Art Friday and was truly amazed. Bravo all!

Thank you SO MUCH for your kind thoughts and well wishes for my husband.  They worked!!  He sailed through the surgery just fine and is now home happily recuperating.  All seems to be going very well.  And I'm sure the good energy sent our way has much to do with it!  Sending virtual hugs to each and every one of you.

Hope you have a fabulous, productive, healthy week.  Hard to believe our next virtual gallery showcase will be in MARCH!  Spring is just around the corner!  Hurrah!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Photo Art Friday, February 22nd - 23rd

Welcome to Photo Art Friday!

If you are new to this virtual art gallery where you can showcase your art created from your photographs, you can read the guidelines for participation here.

This week (February 22, 23) our optional theme/challenge is to share a piece of photo art based on any of these words:  connected/connecting/connection.  Frankly, there is a way to make a case for the connection between almost anything - so it should not be too difficult.  Here are my connection contributions to our virtual gallery:

This piece was created from a mixed-media piece of art representing my three children.  I placed a photo of the mixed-media piece on one of my textures.  Blending it in Difference changed the grey figures to beige.  The image was sharpened and light added with a levels adjustment.

This piece uses one of my photographs of a giant puddle near a construction site.  An image of a girl from the web was added.  She is 'connecting' with the water by carefully dipping her toes into it.  Several manipulations were made both in Photoshop and RadLab.

pdpa texture, Forster quote, image from Web, processed into one piece in Photoshop

For next week's edition of Photo Art Friday (March 1st - 2nd) the optional theme is:

I am writing this post on Tuesday as I do not know when my schedule will bring me back to the computer.  My husband is scheduled for surgery Thursday morning and we do not know how many days he will be required to recuperate there.  I doubt, therefore, if I will be available to comment on your photo art this week - so am counting on all of you to support each other's work.  I will peek at each and every piece when I get the chance - wouldn't miss it!

Saturday, February 16, 2013


What marvelous images were featured at our last Photo Art Friday!  Loved the many creative ways you found to use the pdpa Bamboo Dream texture!

A few of you have expressed some concerns about dealing with the optional theme for next week - connected/connecting/connections (any one of those words).  Not to worry - everything is connected to everything else in one way or another.  For example:

*  smiles are connected to a face
*  dogs are often connected to a leash or their play pal
*  steps are connected to a walkway or a doorway
*  chimneys are connected to a house
*  flowers are connected to the earth
*  handshakes make a nice connection
*  birds are sometimes connected to a branch
*  raindrops make a connection with whatever they land upon
*  quotations can be connected to an image
*  etc, etc, etc

Be assured that there are no 'connection police' that will visit our virtual gallery next week  -  so you can stretch the boundaries of the theme as much as you like without fear of being called out for a connection infraction!

 ;)           :)

I know you don't want me to make the PAF optional challenges tooooooo easy, for it's in stretching that we move beyond our comfort zone and learn and grow.  Besides, you always have the option of ignoring the theme.  Can't get more flexible than that, right?  Of course, I always entertain the hope that you will find a way to connect with the PAF theme.

Thanks so much all you wonderful photographers and digital artists!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Photo Art Friday, February 15th - 16th

Time for this week's edition of Photo Art Friday!

You (yes, YOU!) are warmly invited to showcase any piece of your photo ART 


you can feature a piece of photo ART using our optional theme.

The optional theme for this week, February 15th, 16th is to create a piece of photo art using my texture, pdpa Bamboo Dreams.  If you missed the free download of this texture, go here to this post.

I went a bit crazy with this theme, as I love both the texture Bamboo Dreams and Asian/Oriental design.

 Spring blossom and bokeh added to Bamboo Dreams.  (Click on the image for an enlarged view.)

A public domain image of a kimono - added twice to the texture. 

(I always check and double-check when I type the word 'public'.  My husband who has worked in advertising for years tells the story of a pamphlet designed, printed and distributed to all the attendees at an important scientific conference.  In the pamphlet, the written introduction of the world-renowned guest scientist claimed he was a gifted public speaker.  The trouble is proof-readers of the pamphlet did not catch that the letter "l", the fourth letter in the word "public" had been omitted.  Oops!)

I have long been intrigued by the psychological sophistication of the ancient text called the Tao Te Ching, and have included a couple of quotes from it to marry with my images. As a psychotherapist I am convinced that anyone who reads and follows the Tao Te Ching's simple, non-religious, way-of-life principles will enjoy psychological health, contentment, inner freedom and peace.  Hope you enjoy the little quotations from it here.

Of course I wrote the word "Translation" with tongue in cheek, as I have no idea what the script on the texture Bamboo Dreams says.    ... Any excuse to share this beautiful quotation ...  
(The border on the texture was cropped off for this image.)

This image combines the texture Bamboo Dreams with an image of silvery tulips from the Web.  When blended in Difference, treated with a Levels Adjustment and a run through Rad Lab - the result is dramatic and pleases me.

Here I applied an image of a monk (from the web and manipulated by me), my own photo of a withering Gerbera Daisy from my garden and a Tao Te Ching quote.

Next week, February 22nd, 23rd, the optional theme for Photo Art Friday is inspired by a delightfully brief, yet powerful quote from the British author, E. M. Forster:  

                            "Only connect." ~E. M. Forster.   

Okay, let's make it a little clearer, the optional theme is any of the following words:

*** connected/connecting/connection ***

Have fun interpreting the theme any way you choose!  :)

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Word Of Thanks!

The words "Thank You" seem inadequate to express my gratitude for the wonderful response to the PAF 'abstract' challenge last week.  Your efforts and abstract pieces surpassed anything I could have imagined.  

For me, all the submissions were beyond amazing - but especially the abstract composites.  Many of you expressed that you did not really feel up to an abstract composite challenge, but were still game to try - AND best of all many of you surprised yourself with your own results.  So inspiring!

Let me also say how heart-warming it was to receive your many "Get Well" wishes.  They were so appreciated.  (I am feeling better, although I caught a throat infection at one of my visits to the doctor for the original ailment.  Ughh!)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Photo Art Friday, February 8th - 9th

Welcome!  It's time to finish up your last minute touches on your photo art for this week.  Photo Art Friday's virtual gallery doors open at 4:00 p.m. Thursday and will remain open to receive your submissions until Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

You are welcome to hang any piece of photo ART you choose OR you can link up a piece that follows this week's optional challenge:

The challenge this week (Feb. 8th - 9th) is to create a piece of abstract photo art using these components:

*  pdpa Dropped Petals texture/background

*  one other pdpa texture, and 

*  one or two images of your own, or images procured from the web

*  the above 3 or 4 required components can each be used more than once in your abstract

You can find the free Dropped Petals texture, in depth instructions and extra tips for making a piece of abstract composite photo art here.

I have been sick this week and running around while sick for medical appointments and tests.  I have not, therefore, had the time or energy to produce the type of abstract piece I had in mind and have had to settle with sharing one of my early attempts from last week.  It's simple but I like the effect.

In this piece I used two textures and one image from the web manipulated in Photoshop par moi.  Each piece was used once.

Above are the three components used to create the piece.  Each was applied just once.

In this screen shot you can see some of the steps taken to produce the final effect.  My best recollection of the editing process I followed, is:

*  used pdpa Dropped Petals background as the canvas or basis for the piece.

*  applied the edited woman's face image (from the web) at an angle, leaving parts of Dropped Petals uncovered by it.

*  blended the two above images in Difference and adjusted opacity to 62%.

*  applied a Layer Mask and blended edges of face image into Dropped Petals background.  I basically removed the line edges of the image with my masking.

*  added pdpa Dancing Dust texture on top of other two images and blended it in Overlay at 100%.

*  Levels Adjustment to bring in more whites (light).

*  Hue/Saturation Adjustment to increase saturation of yellows only - to make them pop.

*  Sharpened finished abstract composite slightly.

*  Added my copyright banner for posting on the Internet.

For next week's Photo Art Friday of February 15th - 16th, the optional theme/challenge is to create a piece of photo art using my texture freebie from earlier this week  -   pdpa Bamboo Dream texture.  If you have not downloaded it yet, you can find it in this post.

Photo Art Resource Cache subscribers can find new textures posted on the bonus pages and a new texture set will be posted for you this weekend.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Abstract Encouragement

Hi there!  Just checking in with a new, free texture and some encouragement to try the optional challenge for this week's Photo Art Friday.

Here's how I formulated the challenge:

The challenge for February 8th, 9th is to create a composite (collaged) piece of ABSTRACT photo art from these obligatory components:

*  pdpa Dropped Petals texture/background + 

*  any other pdpa texture of your choice


*  1 or 2 other images (preferably your own, or from the web)

So to summarize, there will be 3 or 4 separate components in your final abstract composite submission for Feb. 8th, 9th.  

Of course, while you use these separate components, the idea is to blend them together seamlessly to produce a piece of digital abstract collage art.  Here is the required texture/background (Dropped Petals) you must use for this challenge.

pdpa Dropped Petals texture - 300 dpi - free download

If you go to this previous post you will find several tips on how to make a composite piece of abstract art.

Here's an example of a piece I worked on using the challenge guidelines:

Here are the three components I used to make the piece of abstract art:  2 textures and an edited photo of one of my simple paintings.

With this screen shot (click on it for a larger view), you can see most of my layers while creating this piece.  Unfortunately you cannot see the Dropped Petals texture/background which would be at the bottom of the layers.  To it I added another of my textures (bottom layer visible) placing it at an angle and not covering the entire Dropped Petals 'canvas'.

I then added one image three times at different angles.  (YES, YOU CAN USE ANY OF THE REQUIRED COMPONENTS MORE THAN ONCE.)

Opacities of the face image were adjusted to my liking.  Layer Masks were used on the top two applications of the face image so that I could mask off parts of the image I did not want to appear on the final version.

Once satisfied with the component parts, their placement and opacities, I sharpened the image.  Then I merged the layers and then duplicated the merged layer and  used the Filter>Poster Edges to 'marry' the different components together.  I reduced the opacity of the Poster Edges to 35%.  For this post I added my copyright banner.

Note:  Photo Art Resource Cache subscribers - a new set of textures was posted for you last weekend, and I added one sweet, new texture yesterday.  They are waiting for you on site!

Okay, that's it for now.  Have fun with your digital, abstract explorations.  Can't wait to have you hang them in our virtual gallery.  Remember the doors open earlier than last year, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday.  I know, it's called Photo Art Friday, BUT at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, it IS Friday on the other side of the world.

See you soon!