Sunday, March 3, 2013

Oooops ... my bad ...

Hey there all you wonderful photo art aficionados!!!  

Standing ovation coming to you for all your great pieces of photo art showcased last week in Photo Art Friday!  If you listen carefully you will hear me chanting "Encore!",  "Encore!".  (Encores will have to take place next week, on the March 8th, 9th edition of PAF.)

I've had a few emails inquiring about the optional photo art challenge for next week.  I see that challenging everyone to make a piece of abstract art from textures only was a bit too ambitious.  I also did not take into consideration those of you who create your photo art without the benefit of Photoshop.

Oooops.  My bad.

So I've decided a gentler, more realistic approach would be to modify the challenge to:

Make an abstract piece of photo art using

*  pdpa textures (you choose how many)


*  one of your own images or photos

Speaking of modifying things ... I modified the first image above by adding a texture made from a photograph of the postal code images found on Canadian mailboxes these days.  Think I prefer the modified version.

Sorry, I cannot detail all the steps made while modifying the image in Photoshop, for I don't record them.  (My bad ... again.)  In a perfect world, I would interrupt my creative experimentation and type each manipulation in the space provided by Photoshop in each layer box.  

But that actually would not be a 'perfect world' for me, for it would interrupt my creative flow.  Occasionally, when I know I want to share a tutorial, I will record the steps taken - but I know doing it drains away some of my creative juices and slows down the entire process.  

In fact, the problem, which is probably common for us all, is that making art activates the right brain, while making explanations, lists, writing words pulls you away from the right brain creative mode and activates the evaluating, judging, explaining left brain modality of your brain.

Of course, we never completely turn off one side of the brain while using the other - but attaining flow, that magical component where we are not thinking analytically and where creativity reigns does require a shift to allow the right brain to dominate.  Engaging in left brain activities like making lists, writing out explanations, etc. hinders right brain dominance and therefore, creative flow.

Some people say that if you don't record all the steps taken, you will not be able to duplicate it.  There may be some truth to that, but frankly I don't care if I can duplicate it. In fact, it would be like interrupting the flow of love-making to record every touch, the amount of pressure, the exact position, the words whispered, etc. etc. so that you could replicate it the next time.  Who would interrupt such glorious flow to do that!!!  :)

BTW, you may have noticed that many who offer precise tutorials and explanations of every step of their creative process, are often producing the same type of image or work over and over again!  That's fine when you are first learning ... but once you get the basics under your belt, it's time to allow your imagination and creativity free reign!!!  

Besides, memory allows me to have a general idea of what I did even if I don't recall specifically the exact percentages of color, opacity, saturation, brightness, etc. that I applied.

So that's my excuse for sometimes not having all the specific steps that I used to create each piece of photo art -  and I'm sticking to it!  :)

Have a wonderful week, dear friends.  Thank you again for sharing your artistry with PAF!


  1. Good change to this! I would have no idea how to do an art creation using only textures... bet you had some great ideas though! I will not be posting for the next couple of weeks as I will be out on that long awaited cruise! Hope you are well and your husband is on the mend!!

  2. Hear, Hear! I couldn't agree more as I have frequently moved well into the process before I think about writing anything down ... and unlike you, my memory doesn't serve me so well anymore, so I just move on. Or, as you said, I would lose the flow ... and I need my flow:) Thanks, Bonnie ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  3. I always look at it like cooking...a little of this, a little of that...and I don't write the process down either.

  4. Super interesting to read your explanation of the right brain/left brain dichotomy of flow and analysis. That's exactly how it feels. When I'm involved in processing an image, it's a lot about experimentation and one step leads to about twenty more before the thing feels right to me. Plus I usually have several different versions that I'm playing with, so it really becomes impossible to keep track of just what I did where, which is why I don't share my process on my blog posts for the most part. Besides, what works on one image will not necessarily have the same pleasing results on another. Creating is not done with cookie-cutters.

    I think your revision of next week's challenge is a good one. I was concerned that making a piece of photo art only from textures would pretty much result in...another texture! But, then, a lot of painted abstract canvasses are just that.

  5. I really appreciate this post because I never record (or remember) exactly what I do with my images and I agree that it would interrupt the creative flow. Glad I'm not the only one!

  6. Thanks for allowing me to have a simple brain:) I cannot remember what I did a few minutes ago, let alone remember what I did to produce a piece of digital art and if I change my mind while creating the named layer needs to be changed or deleted anyway. Your right slows my juicies. Hope you had a great weekend.

  7. Love it...and I don't take the time to write down what I'm creating either and I love your analogy ;) I'm going to work on this weeks challenge.

    See ya on Friday/Saturday!

    Capture Life,

  8. Good post! Who would want to duplicate EXACTLY anyway? ;)

  9. another stunning image and as the previous comment says - I can't imagine wanting to duplicate anything I had made before

  10. Obviuously, PAF is not a series of lectures meant to teach students exactly how to go about editing certain images, but a virtual gallery for appreciation and inspiration!
    I do, however, like the descriptions for educational purposes - that's one aspect of this challenge, and one that I really appreciate: it helps me break new ground.
    But I agree that exact details are often pointless; what I want are suggestions of new things to try. Like, if I think "Wow, those kind of light and shimmering images are really cool, I'd really like to try to achieve that effect on some of my shots!" when I browse the gallery, it could be interesting to know that adding a blurred copy of the motif layer in Screen blending mode might get you that effect. Exactly how much blur and at what opacity is perhaps not relevant (or interesting), however, as the effect will depend on the image.
    Which us why I try to include a mention of some of the effects I've used when I post, even if I can't remember all the details.(Or, indeed, even if I can... ;) ) Not because I have to - I've never seen that as a prerequisite for participation - but because I appreciate the opportunity for sharing that PAF provides. With no strings attached :)

    And Bonnie; I love that modification, too... :)

  11. Maybe you can hear my sigh of relief. Not because you changed the challenge (to me a texture is just an image that happens to be very abstract, and then called a texture. I think you should have a make your own texture prompt - I love making textures. ) The reason I am relieved is because you went ahead and told everyone that you don't write down every move you make while processing. Like the others that have commented - WHAT A RELIEF! Your lovemaking analogy made me laugh. Excuse me I need to write that down dear... Great post see you Thursday. Oh and here is a link to a easy book to read on the right and left side of the brain-
    and here is the author giving a TED talk about her stroke and recovery. As a neuroscientist she documented the whole thing brilliantly.

  12. opps forget the link to the talk...

  13. Looking forward to this week's gallery Bonnie. I love what you've done's striking, exotic and surreal.


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