Thursday, August 9, 2012

Photo Art Friday 10-11 August 2012 ~ Gifts

This prompt was curious. I didn't really nail any particular interpretation until earlier today as I was posting my Artist's Play Room "art-come." [which is how I am seeing the "results" of the various challenges and prompts I'm participating in...] 

I realised, as I was working on something altogether else on Monday afternoon, that I really DO use my photographs and digital fiddling with them as "drawing" that works for me; working in a very real way, far more than pen and ink or even pencil and paper ever have. I am making an effort to NOT say "I can't draw" BEcause that's simply NOT true and it's a box I don't want to stay in any longer!! The truth is I like what I "draw" a lot better when I use my photography & digital fiddling as my primary tools for drawing.

Bringing this back to "topic," I came upon my submission for Photo Art Friday as a "gift" from learning to see things through more experimentally open eyes. I have some photos of Gracie, my Golden Retriever, when she was a wee tiny thing. One of them in particular I was practising "drawing" by playing with a cropped version of it in Picasa and Pixlr Express. I think since I was working with the colour theme for APR#21 of turquoise and lime that without intending to I gave myself a gift. NOT ONLY can I Now "draw" that shape, which is ALL I really wanted to BE able to DO, I discovered other hidden "gifts" in Picasa and Pixlr Express that I'd NOT discovered prior to my experiments!!

So, without further ado ;~D here's a smattering of Wee Gracie in colours and hues and organised in some fun and even silly ways!!!


Gracie Mae On Red Rocks May 2005

The above photo is what I started with. I just love that face and body language!!!

Next are some of the very oh-so colourful takes I played into BEing on Tuesday...







And last, though NOT least, a collage made of them playing with some things I'd NOT discovered until that very moment I DID!! on Tuesday.

If you look closely at the above you can see all the smaller ones. I didn't quite get the hang of that feature in Pixlr Express, YET, but I liked it a LOT!!

The above and BElow are two takes of the collage using different effects and overlays.

I am grateful BEyond words [though I've sure used a LOT of them ;~D] to BE learning where I am actually able to "show" what I've done. I no longer feel inept and clumsy so I am more willing to see What Happens If??? I love what Michelle V. Alkerton has shared many times about how easy it is to use the UNDO button liberally and there BEing no real mess to clean up after!!

Many gifts here I think!!! Thanks Bonnie!!

Photo Art Friday

16 comments:

A Garden of Threads said...

Great job. These are fabulous!!

momphotographer said...

they all are great. I love the collage of four. it looks like ready to print and put on the wall.

Tito Eric said...

Who would make a more captivating subject than Gracie -- edited or not? Splendid images.

Cheers ... visiting from Photo Art Friday!

Tito Eric
http://turningboholano.blogspot.com/2012/08/zadig-by-voltaire.html

Barb King said...

Well, I'm going to try those sites. I need a simple editing program, I've been taking lots of photo classes with a wonderful teacher (I've posted them intermittently on my blog) but I don't do much to them besides "auto correct". Ilove the different effects you've created, so glad you found me. I'm following both your blogs now, hope you might want to follow me.

bailey-road.com said...

Adorable Gracie makes a wonderful subject for your artistic renderings!

Ida said...

These are really fun and your subject material is so adorable. What a great way to capture her.
I love the bottom Collage and also the one in the rich warm tones (Third one down). So happy you had fun and yes, learning something new is also a "gift."

Sherri B. said...

Aww, what a precious dog you have...she was adorable as a puppy! I love all of your processing - it's so much fun to just play in PSE, I agree. The undo button makes me fearless about experimenting, too - I love your experiments you've shared!

NatureFootstep said...

you had a lot of fun. But...I like the natural thing in this case. Lovely dog.

lorik said...

You have done some lovely things with that beautiful puppy image. I like the first and third best. I love playing with photo editing too:)

Carola Bartz said...

Yes, many gifts. What amazing pictures of a super cute puppy. I like them all.
Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words on my blog!

Bonnie said...

Oh - she melts my heart. What on this planet is sweeter than a golden retriever puppy? Love all the neat effects you produced with your editing. You have your own in-house model! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with Photo Art Friday, Currie.

Marilyn said...

So true.....there are no mistakes. I like the Warhol-esque foursomes. Interesting editing and a darling subject.

Deborah said...

Gracie Mae is adorable, in all her edits! ... and I will take your message to heart ... and in doing so realized I can draw too!

Danielle said...

I have recently begun working with turning photos into 'art' and it can be so addicting! Thanks for stopping by my place and saying hello...I love Gracie!!

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

I love all the different edits you did of your adorable puppy. It's so much fun to be able to play with photographs in this way. Thanks for stopping by my blog! From your newest follower :)

PrairieJill said...

Well done! You got a wonderful range of effects - all very effective.