Thursday, April 4, 2013

Photo Art Friday, April 5th - 6th


Welcome!  

It's time for the first edition of PAF for April, 2013.  Guidelines for participation are here.

Any pieces of photo-ART are welcome.  Although, each week we have an optional theme or challenge which you are invited to try.  This week the theme is:


COLLAGE

Here are my submissions:


The base for this piece of photo-art is one of my photographs of pink daisies.  A beautiful public domain image of a woman was added (you can see that image below in a screen shot).  Then one of my recent textures was applied to produce the version you see above.  (Don't forget to click on all images for a larger and more detailed view!)








This screen shot was taken before the texture was applied.  You can see the base photo of pink daisies and then the web image in the layers panel.  The image of the woman was applied and blended in Overlay at 100%. A layer mask was used to mask off parts of the image around the woman and to allow more of the photograph beneath to be visible.

I am still using PSE 8 which has a Bin (row at bottom of screenshot) where files I have opened in PSE are visible to me.  I usually load up the bin with images I think might make a good collage and then make my selections from there.  I rarely, if ever, use all the images I open - just like to have a selection of images and textures visible from which I can choose while making a collage.





This piece began with one of the new textures you can find in the new Mini-Sets Texture Shoppe, used as the background.  The other three images are from the web: the hands, the moon, the woman.



If you look at the layers panel on the right side of this screen shot, you can see each element as it was applied to create the collage.  Again, in the work bin you can see the variety of images loaded from which selections were made.



This is a collage of variations of an older composite (collage).  The base is one of my backgrounds (textures) and if you look closely you will find: numbers, a black arrow from one of my paintings, two faces of women from the web, my grandaughter's face appearing here and there, a row of bells, a music sheet, etc.  Everything random - or seemingly so.  My subconscious might tell you different! :)





Another example (a similar version of this was published here in the past) using photographs of a stone stairway on our land, my DH and his shadow, a fence with an iron bar, text, and a ballerina from the web poised on the bar. One of my textures produced the yellow and rust design at the bottom of the image.



So there you have a variety of digital collages or composites, as I prefer to call them.  My suggestion is to do as I did and just start pulling things together without over-thinking the process.  Don't get too caught up in a lot of precise planning.  Try to allow an art piece to emerge as you experiment with all the different elements.

The thing I love about making collage is how things evolve when you give up trying to make a particular image that makes sense to the left brain and just start placing things willy-nilly - with only a vague plan in mind.  Almost invariably you will find that what you have designed is not all that 'willy-nilly' or random.

If your creative subconscious has been given the helm, it can guide your choices, placements, and PS edits.  If you work from the left-brain perspective of planning, calculating, evaluating, over-thinking, etc., you are really working more from an ego perspective that has rather limited vision, is careful, measured, interested in protecting or boosting its self-image, and is even anxious.  This is not the optimal place from which to create art.

The best way to move out of your left-brain ego is to not think (or agonize!) too much (left brain); but rather to approach your art-making from a playful, relaxed (right-brain) state.  Try to quiet the mind and enter the zone.

Creative expression coming from ego (left brain) is quite limited by its own constraints. Whereas the playful, unbridled, non-judgmental dynamic of the subconscious (right brain) bypasses egoic limitations and gives free rein to expression often suppressed by the ego. You tap into a fabulous, huge resource that has recorded every sight, sound, taste, experience of your life and then ... you bring it to your art.  It's all there ... quietly and patiently waiting for you.  Now that's exciting!   :)




Next week, April 12th, 13th the optional theme is:



Shadows and/or Light





27 comments:

  1. I am completely overwhelmed by your enormous creativity, Bonnie! It is always a pleasure to see what you come up with each week! Clever you!
    If I should pick a favorite, I think it has to be the first and the last one... Beautiful work!
    Have a nice weekend:)

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  2. oh my oh my oh my!!! Bonnie your work is utterly magnificent and inspiring!!
    love love love all of them and each one especially much for its own reasons. such richness and gorgeosity!!!

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  3. Thank you Bonnie, for sharing your enormous creativity with us! It means a lot to me.

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  4. Bonnie, your collages are beautiful. They make me want to redo this challenge. I was having fun just being silly, but now I want to do something gracefully beautiful like yours!

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  5. Bonnie, I love what you've done with your images, and I absolutely love your thoughts on collage and left brain/right brain. Wonderful!

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  6. truly admire your creativity ... it's boundless!

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  7. Gorgeous collages, Bonnie! My favourite is the first one - love the delicacy of the flowers. I didn't do a collage for my submission this week, but am now inspired to go and play!

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  8. Beautiful, beautiful pieces, Bonnie! simply gorgeous!

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  9. Your artwork is always beautiful. You are the perfect person to have this Blog ... you not only teach, but you set the standard. Thanks for another rewarding week, Bonnie ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  10. enchanting and a bit of magical with softness you want to see all the hidden objects of number 1.. now number 2 is my favorite it is mesmerizing.. wonderful work and I am always eager to see your ideas and images and how you edit them..
    Hugs

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  11. Wow you are indeed one creative lady. Your collages (or composites as you call them) are fabulous. I think my favorite is the one with the girl dancer...she appears to be literally walking on a page from a book and looking at the world that is possible in it's pages. This was a fun challenge that I enjoyed very much.

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  12. Oh I absolutely adore your first collage so much, and love what you wrote about the right and left brain! I think you are really in your element when you do collages for sure!

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  13. love all your work today. Wish I had more time to just fiddle around and try new things. But I have too many interests. I think the hand image is my favourite. :)

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  14. I wish I had been able to read your thoughts on left and right brain before today. I will play some more. Thanks for all your inspiration. I love your first piece this week. I hope you are better?

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  15. I haven't joined in this time, love the top 'composite', (will have to remember that!)but what really interested me was your explanation of right v left brain, ego, going with the flow etc. It is the same with digital exploration as is photography itself, you have to gain a certain knowledge of the technical side to operate the machinery so to speak. With photography I think people can get too wrapped up with the process that they may miss the bigger picture! Your explanation helps me to understand better my own preference to keep my camera setting on automatic freeing myself to just go for the compositions. Thank you.

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  16. Yes, beautiful collages, exquisite combination of colors and textures, I like for its fine delicacy.

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  17. Beautiful work Bonnie I particularly like the ballerina so pretty...

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  18. Hi Bonnie, the first image is my favorite, so pretty and Spring-like! I don't have Photoshop, so I had to improvise with my composite image. It was challenging but fun. Thanks for the inspiring prompt! :)

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  19. Bonnie-Sorry to hear you have not been feeling well. That deep coughing can really hurt, so I hope you are resting and taking it easy.
    Your collages this week are wonderful!

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  20. I especially like the hand, the moon, the woman!

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  21. Bonnie, your talent runneth over!! I'm so impressed, I'm going to try something l like this next week.

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  22. the piece with the moon and hand is just stunning!

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  23. Bonnie you are such an inspiration to me. I have had to miss PAF for a couple of weeks (unpleasant life stuff) but It was very uplifting to see your work again. My favourite is the last - but I also like the first, soft, fairy tale like one too.

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  24. You always do such beautiful work and are so creative. It is so hard to move out of that left brain and not think. I rememeber the first class I took the teacher told me I "over process". It's now years later and I am still trying to break out of "over process" mode.

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