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 

OR

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!  :)



27 comments:

  1. All very beautiful, but my favourite by far is the floral with Tao quotation. I could just float in that space as if it were a pool of meditation.

    Got a little something up my sleeve for this exhibit...just putting on the final coat of varnish...

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  2. Oh my gosh, your samples are absolutely stunning, Bonnie!

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  3. so very BEautimous, Bonnie. I love your "marriage" and the thought you put into your photo art.

    I am glad to BE assuming you are feeling fit as a fiddle again, and I enJOYed your sharing about "public" as I have some funny editing stories that it brought to mind.

    really looking forward to seeing everybody's take on this. such a lovely texture, the Bamboo Dream.

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  4. Each and every one so beautiful... and I see where I went "wrong" with mine - the shot of the bohemian waxwings (I do love that name!) is too lively in itself; the texture deserves a more sedate companion... Thank you again Bonnie; for texture and 'seminar' both!

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  5. What a beautiful collection, thank you for the lovely party.

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  6. Love the indigo/black flower edit! Glad I found you:)

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  7. Gorgeous collection of art Bonnie, my favourite is the cherry blossoms.

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  8. I love that first piece. The background frames the flower the way breath releases the seeds of the dandelions through the wind.

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  9. Oh my goodness you have out done yourself on these!! The first three are my favorite, the spring blossom is so fresh, and the kimono so fitting....and that third one just makes me feel good! Hope you are feeling better Bonnie!!

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  10. Bonnie these are all just lovely! Running late but will be by soon. very busy week. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO YOU. Love your art work here!

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  11. Beautiful pieces, Bonnie! I really love that first one. So soft and simple and elegant.

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  12. Bonnie you did a fabulous job with these pieces and your texture. I love the first one (I almost used some blooms just like those but then went with something different). It's very soft and romantic feeling.
    I also loved the 3rd one with the white flower. The tulips were a very different and bold look.

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  13. Wonderful images, I used the ability of the texture to change colour of my background, so the beautiful symbols do not show. Cheers

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  14. Your mixture of images and words is both superb and inspiring. Thanks for that.
    Have a good weekend.

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  15. the white flowers pieces are serene and then the black tupils really grab me - a great set of creativity

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  16. I fell for the translation in your wonderful composite and the quote. This was a great texture to work with though took some thought

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  17. Beautiful work Bonnie. You come up with so many creative ideas every week. Thanks.

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  18. Beautiful images and the terxtures you are making are so great to use.

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  19. Bonnie your 1st pic is just gorgeous! Thank's for sharing your Bamboo dreams texture!

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  20. I love them all Bonnie ... you have so captured the essence of oriental art, which I love. This was a fun and thought provoking prompt ... but, next week, oh my. I am really going to have to put my thinking cap on :) Thanks for everything, Bonnie ... I look forward to this every week.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  21. Thank you for hosting this hop. Will link up in just a moment. I admit, I was inspired by the bamboo idea - but I couldn't find the post. When I clicked on it, I got a "not found" message. In any case, will link up. :)

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  22. Wonderful texture, Bonnie - and this is just fun - I couldn't stop making pictures with your texture *hugs*

    My contribution is to find here:
    http://www.starone.dk/b2/?p=346

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  23. You INSPIRED me-- hope I gave your Bamboo paper justice.. Your second to last image is to me Breath taking!!!
    Hugs

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  24. I am hoping my comment will take this time, having trouble on a number of sites. So impressed with your creations, Bonnie. They all suit the bamboo texture so well.

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  25. such a challenging texture! I enjoyed seeing what everybody came up with using it!

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