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!!