Photo Art Friday – A Word for 2014

I don’t really have a Word for 2014…

What I do have, however, is… an attitude, perhaps, or a kind of focus. I don’t really want to put a word to it. But during the last few days of last year I found a few images that, together with Bonnie’s texture pdpa Dear One, hold all of that which I want 2014 to be…

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A very happy new year to you all, and may it be all that you wish for it to be!

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Photo Art Friday – Opened

Well… the best thing I’ve opened in a long time was something that actually started here, with PAF. So I obviously have to share it with you!

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Perhaps you recognize the book on top? 😉

Thing is, it’s a longish story, but I’ve been living this entire year more or less expecting to lose Lo, my cat, any day or week… He means a lot to me, so it’s been tough.

During this time, the wish to get that book together has obviously taken on a new urgency, while at the same time becoming a bit of a monster – I’ve felt like I’ve distanced myself to get pictures, and thinking of paper copies of the cat, when I should just embrace whatever time I have left with the actual, living Lo… Anyways, all part of the process, I guess.

When it all came together, I enjoyed it. I was working with the photos with Lo in front of – or wrapped around – me as often as not, and now it’s such a great feeling to have it done! Now, before he’s gone. Now I can enjoy it (or them, as ‘the book’ turned into two books 🙂 ) with Lo draped across my shoulder, or curled up in the crook of my arm. The memories can become good memories, and when the cat’s gone that’s what the books will remain – good memories. Then they won’t be a too late attempt to bring him back to life in some – any! – form…

Oh well, that’s just to say that without the idea born from a previous PAF challenge, I might not have made it. So thank you, Bonnie, for providing the leg up, and thank you fellow PAFers for the encouragement! And let me repay your kindness with the mild suggestion that if you’re constantly putting off that photo project about a loved one – don’t.

As my sister-in-law would say: Just do it!

(Oh, and the observant visitor will notice that there’s a difference between the envisioned cover and the final result, but that’s because the book in the end took the number 9 as its guiding theme… 9, as in nine lives. Obviously…)

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Photo Art Friday – Sky

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Well, there *are* skies there… The sunset sky should be obvious, but it is also reflected in the colour of the big droplet… And for this PAF it is the colours that count for me, as I used them to create this month’s contributions to the gallery: one shot, two versions, each infused with the colours of different skies…

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My little homage to the KISS principle – keep it simple stupid… 😉

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Photo Art Friday – Flowers

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Apple blossom, dahlia, rose, budding larkspur and poppies… I could have gone on forever here! And I’m grateful for this particular challenge, because I see a set (or several) of beautiful picture cards coming out of it – for correspondence, invitations, thanks, congratulations…

I’ve used layers in various blending modes to lighten and enhance contrast, and different textures and filters to create the sketch-effect on each of these. I did work intuitively, each flower shot had its own characteristics to accommodate, but soft light, hard light, multiply and screen blending modes were used, as were the find edges, watercolour and graphic pen filters.

All are based on a pdpa texture: Backlight, Vellum, Serve life, Blank page and Old ornate linen respectively. Wonderful stuff, Bonnie!

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Photo Art Friday – Ethereal

Photo Art Friday is back! 😀 If a little less frequently than before. At this time of year, that is probably a good thing, though; those who follow this blog will have noticed that finding the time to spend at the computer is rather hard for me these days… there’s just too much to do outdoors!

Anyhow, for this round’s theme – dreamy or ethereal – I prepared my Sleipnir version of the Original Norwegian some time ago. I was going to bolster my submission with more soft and dreamy photo-art pieces from the stacks of shots I’ve been hoarding over the last few weeks (there’s no shortage of pics – just the time to edit them…) but… I haven’t quite got around to preparing them.

Silver/Sleipnir will get his spot, though. So, with a cheers to all you photo artists, and particularily to Bonnie who arranges it all for us, I introduce my solution to the conundrum of the eight-legged horse!

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Perhaps more unreal than ethereal… but there you go.

Thanks to Bonnie for the Vellum texture!

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Photo Art Friday – Shadows and Light

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Three variants of a shot of Lo in the window.

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For portraits, I like the soft natural light that a window provides – it gives such a lovely play between light and shadow. For this first version, I just blended the original image with a soft layer of the kkc texture Felicity.

I then went a little further for the second variant, adding a Water colour filter and an edge enhancement with the Find edges stylize filter as well.

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Still seeking something further, I then experimented a little with the pdpa Scratched lens texture and blending modes for the last version.

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A little harsher in both light and shadows.

I’m not sure I found what I was looking for, but I did enjoy the excercise!

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Not quite Photo Art Friday – Collage

Well, I’ve just had too much on my plate lately. But Bonnie’s optional theme of ‘Collage’ did tickle my imagination eventually, and so I decided to revisit an old friend

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If you look at the original image, you’ll see that the idea was to make it look like one window with lots of panes, and Lo behind each and every one of them… well, sort of, anyway.

In this version, the filter work (Watercolour and Find edges) and pdpa Painterly texture work to create lots of little watercolours in a grid, and perhaps the “window” aspect is somewhat lost… but still. I love this collage, and I love those watercolour effects! So, there you are; my collage for this week.

It’s too late for me to join this week, but I recommend a visit to the gallery anyway, at