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Photo Art Friday: minimalist

For this week’s challenge, Bonnie invited us to share a piece of photo-art depicting ‘minimalist’ :


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music,
where the work is set out to expose the essence or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms,
features or concepts.
Minimalism is any design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect.
In this image, substantially cropped from the original,  of a lantern I found on a table in the garden of a Turkish hotel,  in PSE 10 I used the watercolour filter to blur the background. I then added Bonnie’s ‘brown rice paper’ texture which I blended in soft light mode.


Photo Art Friday

If you were to collect together your best/favourite photo art images that you’ve created this year to put into a coffee table art book, which photo would you use for the cover? This is Bonnie’s challenge for us this week.

This would be my first choice

Erato, muse of erotic poetry

closely followed by this


Why not pop over to Photo Art Friday and see what other photo artists are using for their cover pictures

Friday Photo Art: signed and sealed

For Friday 23 November Bonnie challenged us to use her texture “signed and sealed” in a piece of photo art. The texture is quite busy so some thought was required how best to use it. Eventually I came up with this:


this was the original photo – detail of a pavement of tile in Barcelona


PAF – digitally altered still life

I’ve been following Kim Klassen’s Beyond Layers class and this week she asked if we were “makers” or “takers” of photos. “Makers” are those who create their own still life compositions, then take photographs of them and alter them and “Takers” go out and take photographs. I’m definitely a taker; I don’t think I’ve made more than a couple of still life compositions in my whole photographic life. Coincidentally this week Bonnie challenged us to share a ‘digitally manipulated still life’ (as opposed to simply a still life photograph), so this was quite difficult for me. As luck as would have it, I’d taken a series a photos last month of a still life I’d come across in a hotel garden.
I superimposed 2 of the photos in Picasa and then opened the combined image in PSE10. I experimented with several different filters, keeping each result on a different layer. Then I merged them all together and got this as a final result.


Photo Art Friday: lines

The 9 November challenge from Bonnie was to share photos or photo art featuring lines. I’ve had a busy week so I’m sharing photos straight out of the camera this week:

staircase in the home of a friend of ours

the museum of Islamic Art in Kuala Lumpur

Garden festival in France

scanned photo of one I took in India many years ago – I love the lines in this one

scanned photo of one I took in India many years ago

why not pop over to Bonnie’s blog to see what other lines people have chosen.

Photo Art Friday: derelict

For 26/27 October Bonnie challenged us to feature “derelict” in our photoart.

DER·E·LICT   [der-uh-likt]

1. left or deserted, as by the owner or guardian; abandoned.
2. neglectful of duty; delinquent; negligent.

3. a person abandoned by society, especially a person without a permanent home and means of support; vagrant.
4. Nautical . a vessel abandoned in open water by its crew without any hope or intention of returning.
5. personal property abandoned or thrown away by the owner.

Here are 2 versions of the same photo:



I applied a Filter Forge texture to the original photo which turned it black and white with rather a nice aged, crackle effect to the photo. I then added it to the original photo and blended it in linear light, reducing the opacity to 55%.

Photo Art Friday

WP weekly photo challenge: silhouette

Trees always look beautiful in silhouette. Here are some of my silhouettes:





a windblown tree on Exmoor

not a tree but fennel produces some great silhouettes too

the shadow cast by the silhouette of a temple gable in Thailand

also shared with Straight Out of the Camera Sunday

Photo Art Friday: Liquid

Bonnie challenged us to showcase an image featuring “liquid”. According to Wikipedia “Liquid is the classical state of matter with a definite volume but no fixed shape.” I think this is a pretty good description of someone who has had too much alcohol to drink 🙂
Here are some liquid-related photos:

the more obvious sort of liquid that comes to mind

one of my all-time favourite photos, taken in Japan, in the days before I had a digital camera



photo of Scampi to which the Topaz filter liquid chrome has been added

a sunset photo to which I have applied the PSE liquify filter

Copy of 200712290003-resized-twirled
a bowl of water whose colour has been changed and the image “twirled” in PSE

Photo Art Friday why not stop by and see what other “liquid” creations other people have come up with?

Flower Art Friday #25

I took this photo in the Hautes Alpes de Provence in August this year.



Photo Art Friday: Figure/s

Bonnie’s challenge this week was to incorporate “Figure/s” into our photographic artwork. According to Wikipedia Figure may refer to:

A shape, drawing, or representation
Figure, wood appearance
Musical figure, distinguished from musical motif
Shaping a mirror on a reflective telescope
Noise figure, in telecommunication
Dance figure, an elementary dance pattern
Vivian Davis Figures, Democratic member of the Alabama State Senate
A person’s figure, human physical appearance

here is my interpretation


I used 2 of my own photos, taken on our recent trip to Italy, blended in darken mode and set the opacity to 72%. The figure is carved into a door dated 1738 at La Scarzuola (see my post about our visit there). The overlaid Islamic-influenced geometrical pattern carved stonework is on display in the Museum of works of art belonging to the duomo of Pisa.

Photo Art Friday Why not pop over to Bonnie’s site to see how other people have interpreted this week’s theme.