|Juliette and Carissa|
|Juliette and Carissa|
Remember my desire to photograph white, white houses and blue, blue sea? ‘Nuff said.
I’ll be back here tomorrow, full of all sorts of creative ideas from my retreat. See you then!
While I’m out in the Yorkshire countryside, painting up a storm, I thought it would be fun to have you all go visiting a few of the participants we have so far in the Liberate Your Art postcard swap. As of this writing, we have 106 participants! Can I just tell you how excited I am about that? So many opportunities to make more connections with other artists, so much art to be liberated in the world.
To promote those connections, I encourage you to pick 2 or 3 of the links on the list below and visit them over the weekend. See what new things you find and don’t by shy – say hi!
The Athens flea market is, for some reason, full of chairs. Lots and lots of shops selling piles of chairs. No tables, just chairs. I was drawn to this scene for the contrast of the nicely restored chairs against the graffiti. (Athens is also quite full of graffiti, more of that later.) I’m not sure how I would describe the contrast, but it makes a striking statement to me.
I’m off in England right now, so no sharing from the Flickr pool today, but let’s check in on our Exploring with a Camera theme of Visual Contrast. Have you found contrasts in your archive? How about when you go out with your camera? I’m betting that you are finding more contrasts than you ever expected, so come and share. We already have a number of great images in the link up and Flick pool. Do some exploring of other’s images and see what cool interpretations have been found.
In the Athens flea market, I found this stall with a pile of junk. There were probably lots of treasures in this pile, but it was treated as junk. I photographed it for a while, until it seemed I annoyed the owners. They were trying to pack up and close for the night. It was a fascinating subject, because it was full of so many compositional opportunities. So many contrasts.
As I was looking for images with contrast for the Visual Contrast topic we are studying right now, this one popped out at me. There is a light/dark contrast of the image and the items around it, but there is another contrast that struck me at a deeper level. The religious icon dumped amongst everything else gave me a contrast of revered/abandoned. As if someone had lost their faith, and thrown it in with all of the other junk they were sending away. Kind of sad.
Amazing, isn’t it, what you might take away from the contrasts in one image. As I’ve been studying contrasts, I’ve been seeing how they can show a deeper meaning or message in our photos. I’ve also discovered that I’m studying the balance of contrasts in other ways. Today I’m on Elizabeth Gonzalez’s blog, with a guest post on balancing my artistic and technical pursuits. Elizabeth pointed out to me that the balance of contrasting forces I’ve found in my own life is just like the balance of contrasts we’re studying with Visual Contrast. I didn’t realize it until she pointed it out: You can have opposing forces work together in balance, whether it’s in life or in art.
Please stop by Elizabeth’s blog to read my thoughts on balance. Elizabeth is a talented ceramics and mixed media artist, along with being an engineer like me. When you visit, I hope you will stay around a while and look at the beautiful art she creates.
And oh my gosh – I published and then forgot – it’s the giveaway day! Here are the two winners:
The Favorite Flowers set goes to Wendy of not caught up.
The Superhero set goes to Patty of Nomadic Notebook.
Wendy and Patty, I’ll be contacting you for your address, so we can get these in the mail. Thanks to everyone for particpating!
I’m musing on relaxation today over at Mortal Muses, hop on over there to see the crazy photo where I actually took my camera into the bathtub to capture the shot I had in my head. Oh, the things photographers will do to get a shot! I had to think ahead and move carefully so as not to get my camera wet, but I got the image I wanted. I am quite proud of it.
I took these photos a while ago because I wanted to remember this lovely, large bathtub we have in our apartment in Italy. I’ve been totally spoiled by this tub and will miss it terribly when we move home. I’ve found there is nothing better than a soak in the tub to relax me if I’m stressed or to warm me up on a cold winter’s day. I’m scheming to someday figure out how to have one put in to our house in Oregon. 🙂
A last note: Don’t forget that you can still enter the giveaway today. Tomorrow morning I’ll announce the two winners.
Happy Monday everyone!