Thursday, October 4, 2012

Figure[s] Photo Art Friday 10.5-6.12

I am discovering that themes, prompts, or a simple word-as-inspiration each and all work quite well for me. It shifts my focus into a more abstract place where I discover things I hadn't really SEEN BEfore.

Such is the case for this Photo Art Friday. Bonnie's optional prompt, Figure[s] worked itself through my birdbrain and just when I thought I was certain what I would share, my mind had a "sea change" and wound up taking me somewhere else.



I loved that Bonnie also shared these encouraging words last week:

This blog is not about 'conformity'!

 Do YOUR thing - and share it!!! 

 Inspire us with your unique interpretation!


You see, I remembered that Photo Art Friday is NOT about a photo of a painting, but this one actually IS a painting of mine, one made up of a variety of photographs. It was something I did during a workshop where we were "prompted" to work a little opposite our usual bent. For me, this "darkness" is way opposite my usual bent. And yet...

I still managed to add the colour!

And here's what else: I had tossed this little painting in the recycle bin BEcause it had already been digitised which meant I was good to go to digitally fiddle with it, same as I am with any of my photographs.

So, what IS photo art?! Yeppie, shades of gray!!!

I also have a little more to say about this painting-turned-photo-art: I used it recently for my daily PSE8 practise photo. I played with textures and other little tweaks, none of which really changed it all that much yet ALL of it, together, creating a true photo-painting.

Bonnie's encouraging words above accompanied me through a recent "attack" of: I am thinking about DOing this again and remembering why I am NOT going to. There is a local art league I've considered "joining" but they are Very Clear about digital art. That it isn't "real" or even "art." 

UMMMMMMM??? Hello. So Bonnie's words really "figured" into a LOT of this week for me. And for that I thank her, profusely, and with a wink and a nod, too.

I am so glad that my weeks are Now deliciously punctuated with things like Photo Art Friday, Texture Tuesday, Artist's Play Room, Creative Every Day, 30 Days of Get Your Art On, and upcoming in November, Art Every Day Month

In each case I am stretching and building my artist "muscles." In my following-up to see what others did/DO with the themes or prompts, I am building my repertoire, discovering answers to questions I never could have asked BEcause I didn't know what I don't know but suddenly, like a thoughty thought-bubble over my head, there it is. Asked, answered, and oftentimes even understood!!!

And perhaps the Very Best Thing Of All The Good Things is that I am making friends, round the globe, and finding that my Life, while lived happily in a solitary fashion, is immense in its generosity of so many wonderFULL people to spend time with each week.

It will indeed BE intriguing to discover how others respond to Figure[s]. It is already tickling me to see the variety of ways it's played out in my little World...

EnJOY!!!

Photo Art Friday

21 comments:

Jeanne said...

Great post, and i do love your PHOTO ART! Digital art is the first time in my life I have had the chance to feel like an "artist". so much fun

Bonnie said...

OMG!!! This is an amazing piece Currie and really a departure from what you have shared here before.

Love the depth, 'darkness' and light still coming thru a partially open door or window.

This work oozes authenticity, meaning and courage.

The disclosures in your post only add to my admiration of the way you embrace life.

Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself and your art with PAF!

Evelyn S. said...

Oh, it's a lovely piece!

Merike said...

Lovely elements on this piece of art. I like a little girl so much :)

merione said...

wonderful image

traveller2006 said...

thank you for visiting my blogg (for TT) and leaving a comment. I like your image and what you've written here about being an artist. I would be very interested to hear more about your daily PSE exercise
Carol aka traveller

Ruth said...

Currie, hello and thank you for sharing your beautiful ART! Art is in everything and cannot be denied as it's the Universal energy coming through us, digitally, through our brushes, through cooking, speaking and being, it is all art, in my opinion! I love your piece here, the colours and textures, beautifully composed :)

Stephanie said...

This week's piece is lovely and says so much. I can identify with a lot of what you said in this post.

Danielle said...

I didn't participate this week...but I usually do as I love how this particular meme stretches me. I absolutely love what you wrote here. Since coming back to blogging in an entirely different venue I have really been challenged and very much encouraged and inspired to step outside my 'I am not an artist' box and explore all my possibilities. I love it. Your creation here is remarkable...it looks just like a painting ;)

Candy C. said...

What a wonderful piece of ART you created!! Anyone who thinks digital art isn't real obviously hasn't looked at all the wonderful ART to be found at Photo Art Friday!! :)

Miriam said...

This is so amazing Currie, the colours, textures and light are gorgeous. I like the way you have written your post today. very inspiring. Like Carol aka traveller
I would like to hear about your daily PSE exercise too.....please?

Sherri B. said...

This is beautiful, as are your words...you always inspire with your positive spirit. What a shame your local art league won't except digital art...I think it's an art form in its own right. Thank you so much for sharing!

ormbunke said...

Underbart kreativt i både färg och figurer. Ha de gott i helgen.

NatureFootstep said...

so you turned a painting into photo art. :) It does look like texturework to me. :)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I am always intriqued by your though process and who says this is not art? If you created it yourself it fits the category. I always wish I was more free flowing and not so uptight. Keep on doing what your doing. Valerie

lorik said...

Interesting result Currie - just look at all those lovely layers and textures! But doesn't if feel strange to change your own painting??!! I found it "unsettling" to do it.
It would be good to see your original painting too, btw:)

Rita said...

I don't really understand digital art, but I do understand that it is artistic in nature. It's just beyond my knowledge. ;)

momphotographer said...

Currie, wonderful piece of art this week.
And I completely understand you talking about all those people you "meet" through the exchange of our art and posts. I do feel the same way. I do love the way it works, because we are all different with our styles, with the way how we express ourselves but when we visit each other we do not compare, we simply try to give as much support to the other person as we can. I like it.

bailey-road.com said...

Lovely work.

Ida said...

I quit art classes in High School when the teacher told us to draw a tree and then practically tore my entire piece apart because it wasn't his idea of what the tree should have looked like. Art is what we make it. You piece here is dramatic and bold, I like that pop of color you snuck in.

Birgitta said...

Great post and great photo art!