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...