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Reprise

Reprise

Daily Prompt: Ballerina Fireman Astronaut Movie Star

When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Are the two connected?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us DREAMS.

I always wanted to be an artist. To create, to share, to teach, to inspire. That’s my dream.

This post is inspired by a previous post, called Sweet Dreams, that I’ve had some truly lovely feedback from.

Sweet Dreams – Reprise

Sweet dreams are made
In varied themes that
Convoluted, curve as
Does the rain-swelled
Stream, tripping over
Rocks and stones,
Tumbling away into
Some disinterested
Play of thought
And lack thereof.
The mind bridges
These vast chasms,
The dam busts,
The bubble bursts.
Left high and dry
In an endless desert.
Is this a mere mirage,
Visions blurred gauzily,
Subconscious schemes to
Subvert all pleasantries?
Sweet dreams are
Made of such extremes.

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It’s A Mystery

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Today’s post has been created especially for my friend Helen. Somehow The Daily Post read my mind and created The Daily Prompt: A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma πŸ˜‰

I can always count on Helen to like my abstract work! Every day my post is shared to my Facebook Page and Helen made a great comment about my abstract piece from yesterday, “I play a game with your abstract stuff and try to guess what the original viewpoint is. I am usually stumped”

I love hearing this kind of feedback! It lets me know that I’m achieving my goals. To know that the audience is engaging with my work, that it’s stimulating their imagination, is very pleasing indeed.

Whether this one remains a mystery to Helen (after she next comes to visit and ransacks the house searching for the origin of the image) or not, I hope that she will enjoy it and be as intrigued as ever!

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Elemental

Elemental

Elemental

You walk in
The shadows
Of my mind.
On the periphery
Of visual acuity.
Ghostly imprinting
Upon the memory.
The smallest element
Of an image held,
A sensory development,
Processed in neurons,
Burnt upon the retina.
I reflect upon all
That you were that
Cannot be captured
In pixels, paint or prose.
In truth, you had us
All enraptured.
I cannot transpose
Your essence which
Remains, in perpetuity
Upon my soul,
A picture of evanescence.

Thanks to Helen for coming round all my local charity shops today, to help me find inspirational pieces to use in my work. So very glad you spotted the glass bowl! Hope you like how I’ve used it today.

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Shade

Shade

I’m a hoarder. I hate throwing things away. Everything can be useful and interesting beyond it’s original purpose. Simon has been trying to reform me. He’s been partially successful.

Some cards are just too lovely to bin though! This was a birthday card from my parents a few years ago and it’s a “cut-out card”.

It made a perfect prop for a silhouette photograph πŸ™‚ Add in some split toning in Lightroom and hey-presto, a brand new piece of art!

I feel this totally justifies my hoarding habits πŸ˜‰

Are you a hoarder or a hater-of-clutter?

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It’s Not All Black & White

It's Not All Black & White

Here’s another little study on painting with light. Using surfaces to reflect light is another way to create abstract pieces of art.

This is one of the most simplistic ways of doing that. Using some filters in Lightroom to create a black and white piece, with split tone coloured highlights and shadows produces an interesting piece from something quite mundane.

There are too many reflective surfaces to mention in one little blog piece. Anyway, that wouldn’t encourage you to go out looking for things to photograph yourselves!

I didn’t get very long to play with my reflective surface today as Pixel, the cat, decided it looked like a great toy and ran off with it!

I’ll try to get out of the house tomorrow so we’ll see what I find out and about πŸ™‚

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Found Art

Found Art

Art is everywhere. Even in the things we throw away. You just have to take a look from a different perspective!

I remember when I was still at art college exploring photography from a fine artist point of view. We were all sent out in the local area armed with pieces of mount board, cut with a 3×2 aperture, and told to find subject matter, in places we wouldn’t normally look, with our frame as a guide.

That simple exercise has really stuck with me over the years. It’s something I’d recommend to all artists and photographers to try as it really does help you think differently about how you can view and portray your subject matter.

So why not give it a go? Just don’t get caught out by a group of golfers, trespassing on their golf course, with your head (and camera!) in a bin! That was nearly 20yrs ago and I can still see the looks of horror on their faces πŸ˜‰