Thursday, August 1, 2013

Photo Art Friday... August 2013


I've missed this staple of connection and sharing in my weeks, yet I have found that it has stayed around, in other guises, surprising me suddenly.

Just last August I finally got about learning to use Photoshop Elements 8. And what happened then was that I felt like elephants were playing pinball in my birdbrain. 

I couldn't see forests OR trees.

What I've discovered, happily, is that for me Digital Fiddling is NOT dependent upon my knowing How-To use PSE8 or any other elephant-like [to me] software. 

It doesn't need money thrown at it. 

Nor does it require a fancier camera.

All it takes is desire and curiosity. 

And a liberal dash of persistent consistency.

For awhile I'd noticed myself feeling breathless and apologetic about what I did NOT understand. 

That, and I BEgan to BE timid and afraid to make mistakes. 

That alone was itchy enough that I gradually stopped trying to use PSE8 and started using Picasa, then Pixlr & Picasa.

About my favourite thing to DO on Fridays [and oftentimes Saturdays as well] is meandering deLIGHTedly through Photo Art Friday posts and visiting everyone else's photo art and posts.

So Now that it is a once-monthly thing, I am happy to BE upon the first Friday in August. I'm eager to see what others have been up to. 

And, yes, overJOYed to BE able to share some of what I've been up to, too.

Nowadays I pretty much work with Pixlr exclusively. 

It's fun, easy, and always surprising. 

Somehow I'm finding the Enoughness factor that was missing for me with PSE8. 

It has BEcome second nature. 

I love how that happened.

I did a little bit with the flowery theme, perusing my photos from the past several years. One batch jumped up and kissed me on the nose, that BEing the 200+ from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix where I visited during the Chihuly exhibit in late March 2009.



Into some of the BEautimous glass sculptures I blended some very bare trees I'd seen earlier that month while in Philadelphia. And then to bring it all together, a spread of desert blooms.

I went on, once I got started, finding several other ways to respond to the notion of flowers.




enJOY!!



Pixel Dust Photo Art

27 comments:

photoartbyanna said...

Bold and beautiful - utterly Currie! Discovery is an amazing journey... Gotta love PAF!

Kim Stevens said...

I just love the style you have going on here and how it has evolved over time. Great work!

A Garden of Threads said...

Beautiful collection of art. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend. Jen

Rita said...

These are cool! No idea what you are doing, but they're cool. ;)

June Caedmon said...

Wonderful, all! I especially like the one with the silhouette.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I am happy to see your colourful and delightful photo art here once again. Valerie

Prairie Jill said...

So nice to be visiting your blog again and seeing what you've been up to! As always, I love the vibrant colours in your work. Great series of pieces you created.

Electra said...

Beautiful art and even more beautiful words, Currie.

traveller2006 said...

I like the second image the best - the combination of the silhouettes and the typography is lovely

bailey-road.com said...

Wild, exciting atmosphere created in these pieces!

Sherri B. said...

Beautiful and vibrant - it's great to see you again, Currie. :) I have really missed my Photo Art friends and am thrilled to be back again. Thank you for sharing your lovely work, and I hope you're well!

Mariane Cordes said...

I say!!! - This is just simply wonderful - I like when you tell about yourself and how you work - This gives more understanding of your lovely art!! - Pixl is a real good program to use - I would have used that if I didn't was this curiously that I need more and more - ;) I have a few editing programs - Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and art!!!

Have a superb weekend

You will see my contribution to Pixel Dust Art at this place:

http://www.cordes.re/blog/kunst/?p=102

Thanks again
Mariane

Ida said...

Well you have certainly been enjoying yourself. These are wonderful. Each one is very different. The one with the child's silhouette is just lovely.
I also really liked the last two pieces you created. One is so soft and the other very vibrant.

NatureFootstep said...

Elements 7 IS hard to learn. Took me about 3 years. I like wht you did today. My favourite is the last one. :) Love the simplicity and contrasts in that image. :)

Catharina Engberg said...

Amazing photos Currie!

Andrea Dawn said...

Always a delight to pop in and view your wild and playful creations, Currie.

Miriam said...

Oh! so lovely to be visiting you here again Currie. All your pieces are stunning, so colourful, full of life, so very you!

lorik said...

Most uplifting! Exciting and beautiful art.
Have fun with photoshop - it is so easy to lost in it for hours - a nice kind of lost though:)

Kara said...

Great post. I find myself feeling the same way...somewhat intimidated until I let it go and just have fun with it. I love the Lennon quote. I pretty much love all Lennon quotes.

Bonnie said...

Oh Currie ... what beautiful work and what an inspiring post. PLEASE never doubt your creative talent - it is so evident to those of us who view your work. When you add your curiosity, determination, daring and enthusiasm to your artistry you having a winning combination as evidenced by these beauties. Love them all - but am partial to the last.

Your constancy, enthusiasm and joy have made PAF so much more than it ever could have been without you!

:)

Loredana Donovan said...

Very creative and vibrant, Currie! I especially like the one with the silhouette--looks peaceful. The last one is electric! :)

Leovi said...

Wonderful and creative colors, excellent mix, orange wonderful, I love it!

ormbunke said...

I like the colour because I like strong colour. Ha de gott.

Terrie Purkey said...

Wow! These are just FAB! I particularly like the composition and bold color in that last one...it's quite dramatic. The other one is almost its polar opposite - I really like the softer one with a face and dandelion - great interpretation of flowers! Always enjoy your digital experiments!!

Kalyan Panja said...

Just beautiful...lovely work!

Jez said...

Beautiful images Currie, every one. I shall have a look for Pxlr.

Catharina Engberg said...

My favourites is the child with the flower and the bottom one. They as absolutely stunning!!