Monday, August 25, 2014

Photo Art Friday Update

Hi Everyone!

Just want to let you know that I have not forgotten about Photo Art Friday - in fact, I've been giving it a lot of thought.  I struggled with making the decision, but have decided to continue the hiatus of PAF.

The medication that helped get rid of my chronic cough has started to cause some unexpected side effects. Health issues are such a drag aren't they?  I know many of you are struggling with your own.

Anyway, just feel I have enough on my plate for the moment.  I will give you lots of notice when I am ready to get it going again.  That will probably be when I  'get it going again'! :)  Apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment caused by this decision. :(

I haven't even been painting for the last couple of weeks due to these health issues, but I did post some of my latest paintings here.  These are a few of my favourites:

"Welcoming Emotion"  20" x 28" x 1.5" 
When I am not working at the easel, I work at high counters that I cover with newspaper. One day some words on the newspaper under my canvas jumped out at me.  In the Cultural Events section laying on the table there was an article about a up-coming symphony called, "Welcoming Emotion" - Tickets on Sale.  I could not resist cutting it out and incorporating it into a piece of art. The above is the result. You can click on the images for a larger view.

 "Landscape III"  24" x 36" x 1.5"
I've done about seven paintings of abstract woodlands and gave up on giving them each a unique name.  This is number 3 in the series.

"Walk With Me"  24" x 24" x 1.5"
While painting the background of this piece, it occurred to me that most of my stroking had been vertical, so I quickly 'threw' in a few horizontal strokes.  When the painting was complete those horizontal strokes seem to take on the appearance of a building in the upper centre.  Love when happy little surprises like that occur.

Here are a couple of examples of paintings I did after viewing instructional demos on YouTube.  Australian artist Carole Foster posted her tutorial which I followed to produce the painting below.

 While not an exact duplicate of Foster's work, it is a pretty close replica (in terms of content, not quality).  Now that left me with a dilemma.  Can I sell a work that is based on an instructional video?  Hmmmmm ...

 "View From The Other Side"    24" x 36" x 1.5"
To make this painting more my own, I added a big tree.  Hope Carole Foster approves!

This is another version of Carole Foster's tutorial painting in different colours.  Again, felt I needed to change it up a bit:

Here trees were added all across the painting - to make it more 'mine'.

I'll be back now and then with updates and the occasional free texture for you.  If you are in the market for backgrounds for your photo art, you can find some great ones here.  

Be well dear friends!


  1. Bonnie, I'm so sorry your health issues continue...and I hope that you'll soon feel much better! I'm sending you good thoughts and, wow, your art pieces are truly beautiful!

  2. Get better!!!
    I do love your ar and your tips!
    Take care!

  3. Miss you, Bonnie. I do love seeing your paintings, so keep posting them. Be well soon!

  4. Take care, Bonnie, and I hope you'll get better soon!
    Fantastic work you show us again, Bonnie.... my favorites are "Welcoming Emotion" and "Walk with me"

  5. We'll be here whenever you start PAF up again. The most important thing is to take care of yourself. I'm loving some of your work here. I think the Tree you added to the one piece really set it off. I also loved what you did in the first piece with the piece from the newspaper. Very artistic.

  6. Ditto what Ida said. Take care of yourself, praying for healing. Love your paintings, Bonnie! Really. I hope you're able to get back to that again soon, as well. Blessings.

  7. Sending warm and positive thoughts your way Bonnie. Thank you for posting these gorgeous pictures. x

  8. Take care of yourself and get better soon.

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  10. I love your paintings!

  11. So sorry to hear of your struggle with side effects, medication - such an oxy-moron! My sons medication he gets by infusion to help him with his arthritis comes with a really nasty side effect...possibility of lymphoma! :( It was a rough summer for us at our house so I wasn't at my blog space but a few times which is why I came to see about the PAF as I'm in need of some inspiration...but please come back when you are ready!! xo The paintings are really lovely too Bonnie, wow!

  12. Hi Bonnie,
    sorry, to read about your health problems.
    Hope, you will be able to control this advers effects.
    Love your "Welcome Emotions"
    Best wishes

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