Thursday, November 15, 2012

Still Life

Still life

As in life, we are in art, always becoming. ~Wanda Montgomery

This week's prompt for Photo Art Friday is "still life". I chose a photo I took of three tiny glass vases with baby's breath in them. I used Bonnie's "Splash of Gold" texture at Linear Burn/80%. I also used her "Mauve Threads" texture at Hard Light/100%. These two textures brought so much to my very neutral photo - I loved the results! I also put it through Radlab several times to tweak it. PSE makes me fearless...I love that anything I do can be "undone" with one click if I don't like it. It gives me permission to try anything with no repercussions. Removing that fear opens up so many possibilities and my creativity has free reign. Now if only I could become this fearless when painting on paper! Gah...I need to work on that. My fear of making a mistake there really holds me back.

The next week will be very busy with Thanksgiving looming...we have company coming and I have lots of prep and cooking to do. I may not be here as much until after the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for stopping by!

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Photo Art Friday

31 comments:

  1. F. A. B. U. L. O. U. S. I love your original photograph - the perfect canvas for some digital art. Your edited version is ... well I already said it!

    I so agree with your assessment of the 'undo' button. I'm an undo expert! :)

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  2. Oh my, oh my, oh my Sherri!! This is just incredible...I love everything about this! Funny I recognized those two textures right away, I love them! Your original photo is beautiful as is too... Yes, to undo with real pain...sigh...I only had just started to paint before we moved, in watercolor, and had never painted before (I took a class). I wish I had had more time, I'm completely fearful of "screwing" up!! xo

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  3. Absolutely, utterly amazing! I have no other words...

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  4. Awesome, love it. So simple and so powerful.

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  5. Wonderful richness and energy given to the still life with your editing. It's positively bursts and crackles with life! Very rich. And yet, I also like the simplicity of the original photo.

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  6. you've triumphed with this textured trio :)

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  7. This is fantastic! I love the original, and I LOVE the processed one! Very well done. And I share your thoughts about the freedom of using PS. My real canvases are still without painting!
    :)

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  8. WOW! What an amazing difference. It is so true about the difference between altering photos and making art. Making art is so scary and never turns out how I have it pictured in my head.

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  9. Lovely Sherry wow indeed as Sarah said, the light is beautiful hope you have a great Thanksgiving

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  10. What a stunning transformation! I absolutely agree about PSE--the undo button is my most used tool!

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  11. Oh this is gorgeous. I love the fearlessness of it. Valerie

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  12. Oh my gosh - this is gorgeous! Looks like a painting!

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  13. Love how you have processed this shot! It is just lovely with perfect texture to enhance it. Keeping my fingers crossed on your poetry!

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  14. Oh my! This is one of the prettiest results!

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  15. This is very nice! Very creative!

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  16. Your technique is flawless and I couldn't agree more about the "fear factor". I love the results you achieved with this simple, but beautiful still life. Let me know if you figure out how to quell the fear of art on real paper :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  17. your bold fearlessness is utterly BEautimous, Sherri!! what a wondrous work of art this is.

    what you say about the fear and fearlessness and painting... I have BEcome fearless in my painting [with paint, also my painting with paper] since venturing into the deep sea of PSE8. I really don't know how to DO a lot more than adding textures, but it's okay. I enJOY the opportunity to experiment and I find myself indulging my favourite What If Process.

    when I see such a simple photograph transformed, I am eager to keep poking about and unDOing as necessary.

    lovely!! have a wondrous Thanksgiving!!

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  18. It has a great touch of Van Gogh about it, I love your final piece very much :)

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  19. Both the original and the processed photo are beautiful!
    I love what you said about PSE making you fearless... meee tooo!!!! :)
    I hope you have a great Thanksgiving week :)
    xoxo

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  20. Oh my gosh this turned out fantastic. It does remind me of a painting. I love the textures you used.

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  21. This is truly beautiful. What a great starting point though. Oh yes CMD Z, a frequently used combination here, or the day I found out how to alter the history store to 'endless' was a good day! Someone told me I could use an eraser and a pencil when I try to draw, I was liberated, always learning...

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  22. Fantastic!! As always - I love what you create with your post processing. The simplest images - transformed into art. Love it!

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  23. Wow, this is so beautiful! Great job:)

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  24. This is so incredibly ARTful! I can't believe the difference in the before and after. Stunning!

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