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:
Here are my submissions:
(Don't forget to click on all images for a larger and more detailed view!)
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.
Mini-Sets Texture Shoppe, used as the background. The other three images are from the web: the hands, the moon, the woman.
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! :)
(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