Well ... we have traveled a long and lovely photo-art path together ... right into 2014. How amazing!!! And how delightful to have had your company on this learning journey!
Can you imagine the photo art we will create and view in the year to come? I am excited and inspired just by the thought of it!!
Before we get started with showcasing our art, allow me to offer you a free texture. I tried to set it up for you to download in my previous post but the download seemed to lead to a private file (?!), so I removed it. Let's try again. This sweet texture that can give a little linen-look, old world charm to your photographs:
To download a free copy of pdpa Old Tablecloth texture, simply smile and click HERE.
An example of one effect you can achieve with this texture.
(Click on the image for a larger view.)
(Click on the image for a larger view.)
It's time for Photo Art Friday. Are you ready?
You can post * any piece of photo art here each month.
You can use the creative prompts/themes/challenges that I offer each month, too.
We have more than one prompt to kick off the new year. They are:
* A piece of photo art that contains a word you have chosen to guide you through 2014.
* A piece of photo art from 2013 that is one of your favorites (or a collage of favs).
***NOTE: Dear Kim from Picking Poppies kindly reminded me that I omitted to share the theme for February's edition of Photo Art Friday. How about:
(I'll release a texture to help you with that theme a week or so before the first Friday in February, the 7th to be exact.)
I find myself a little resistant to choosing just one word to guide me through the year ... not quite sure why. Maybe it's because my real motto from last year is leaking into this year: "I'd rather be painting!"
Last year I did formally choose the word "presence". While being "present" to my inner process, as I negotiated my way through 2013, it was evident that I spend a lot of time doing exactly what I am doing now - resisting what life, duty, inner and outer expectations, traditions, etc. call on me to do.
I discovered that I consistently resist the simplest of things - the mundane, little duties of life such as grocery shopping, making phone calls, using new gadgets and new purchases (e.g. Lightroom, CS6), spring cleaning, writing new posts for my blog, etc. etc.
I've also noticed how much energy goes into that seemingly automatic resistance and how valuable time is spent groping for evidence to justify and support said resistance:
E.g.: "People are too busy on the weekend to read my post - I'll do one during the week."
"I'll work out of my Lightroom files next week, it's so much easier to just grab photos out of Picasa."
"I love the challenge of making a good meal from whatever rations can be found in the cupboard."
"I don't want to phone him now and interrupt him at work."
With the energy spent resisting and procrastinating, I could have accomplished many of the tasks twice over - but resisting seems to be an insidious, long-standing habit.
Sooooo - while gathering justifications about why I should surely resist settling on just one word in 2014, it occurred to me that I might benefit from thinking about the word - (drum roll please) - Ta Daa:
clever obvious! ;)
I am not talking about social/political non-resistance but rather my personal, inner habit of resistance to what is. I just want to stop over-thinking what I am called to do by the way life unfolds, and simply do it. Yes, I'm thinking of that old Nike phrase too!
Without further ado (resistance!) here is my photo-art featuring a word I need to be reminded of during 2014:
I've used a piece of photo-art that includes an abstracted image of myself so that I cannot resist the evidence of who should be contemplating non-resistance!
The above image is a composite of a photo of myself with some of my textures, a photograph of one of my painted images of a face, and a photograph of a painting found in a gallery window of a rather intriguing face that I edited in PSE. (So those shadowy areas really aren't entirely my eyebrows, mouth or nostrils!) Some of the elements used in the above composite can be seen in the collage below.
These may not be my favorite pieces of photo art from 2013, and weird tho' they may be, I had so much fun placing image on top of image, adding textures and seeing what warped portrait emerged!
The last image (just above) only has one of my abstract paintings applied to it. All features visible are mine! :)