Thursday, February 7, 2013

Stealers of Sunlight

abstract dandelion

"The world’s materiality at dawn – and the soul’s frailty." ~Adam Zagajewski

For this week's Photo Art Friday, Bonnie challenged us to create an abstract piece of digital art by using two of her textures (one of them being her Dropped Petals texture), and also adding one or two additional elements into our image. This was a fun challenge and required some thinking...once again I enjoyed trying to create an image based on a poem I wrote last week. I started with a photo I took of a dandelion weed. I used Bonnie's "Dropped Petals" (Multiply/100%) and "Golden Bokeh" (Screen/68%) textures, and then I found an image of a flying crow in the Creative Commons area of Flickr. I incorporated the crow into my image, and also used the "cutout" artistic effect in PSE (Normal/68%) to make the image look much more abstract. I also brought out the detail of the dandelion by using a reverse layer mask and the poster edges effect (Normal/100%). I used a soft brush and a reverse layer mask to turn some of the "light shapes" a yellow color.

The crows in my poem, for me, are symbolic of the fears and anxieties we all feel as human beings...both of these things drain us. They're ruthless in their desire to steal away our joy, just like those shrewd crows. I try my hardest not to let them rob me of my sunlight!

CROWS

Daylight arrives
With its magic scissors
Cutting light shapes
That fall lackadaisical
Onto trees, souls,
And a lonely field
Strips of sunlight
Exposing wrenched roots
Illuminating the brown grass
Where every wild dandelion
Once grew

Join me here by my river
Come sit with me a spell
Where I daydream of summer
While the crows
Keenly whistle
Perhaps they're night's
soldiers? Stealers of sunlight
And hoarders of colors
Thank God they can't spy
My soulful confessions
My memory's holy cells.

© Sherri Brannon

Original photo:

Photo Art Friday

35 comments:

  1. You are one talented lady...Your final photo is amazing and I really appreciate your sharing all the steps...The poem and the digital art combination makes blend into a beautiful marriage....

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  2. Ohh.. beautifully written Sherri! I love the images you paint with your words.
    xoxo

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  3. This is lovely and I always enjoy your poems. You are so very talented.

    I was just checking out your heart post from yesterday and I love that, too. I always find such beauty when I visit your blog. Thank you for sharing it!

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  4. What a beautiful transformation this is, Sherri, and your poem is wonderful.

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  5. Utterly beautiful, and once more such an exquisite blend of picture and words... thank you!

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  6. very interesting. The Crow gave another dimention to the work.

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  7. Sherri you never fail to totally amaze me with your creative talents! So surprised down at the bottom to see this fragile little dandelion, and your words with this , as well as your abstract creation with it is awesome... not to mention your poem. Wonderful

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  8. Very interesting piece. I love the use of the Golden Bokeh texture for sunlight.
    I also like how you tied your poetry together with your piece.

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  9. Oh, I'm loving seeing what everyone did with this - and this is so cool Sherri!! I love that you created an image to go with your once again great poem!

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  10. Your image is beautifully crafted..powerful!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  11. your poem is really quite astounding and beautifully illustrated. Beyond the dark symbolism, crows makes me laugh - they are intellingent and humourous and Ted Hughes had a soft spot for them:
    "Crow realized God loved him-
    Otherwise, he would have dropped dead.
    So that was proved.
    Crow reclined, marvelling, on his heart-beat." (Crow's Theology)

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  12. I am always so moved by your work, Sherri. always. there is something so poignant in it that gives me pause.

    These lines:
    Strips of sunlight
    Exposing wrenched roots
    Illuminating the brown grass
    Where every wild dandelion
    Once grew

    touched a very soft place in me that is hurting.

    I am so grateful to have come here this morning, to see what others have shared, and to BE lifted by things I would never expect to cross my path were I NOT to go looking for them.

    Perhaps this is an odd reason to participate in a weekly challenge, but today it is mine. And really, today is the only day I need BE concerned with...

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  13. Amazing job you did.... with the poem as well - I love the flower ( dandelion?) - Yes - Amazing

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  14. Great art work and lovely words. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. I so agree with Currie Silver...your poem does touch a spot in one's heart and soul. Your original photograph is simple, unadorned but what you did with it in manipulation is masterful. You obviously have many talents...it sounds as though you write often, that is wonderful. So glad I dropped by or I would have missed this opportunity to read your poem and view your work. smiles: sharon

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  16. I like the result and the Dandelion is always beautiful in this stage.
    Thank you.
    Mormor

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2013/02/09/en-ny-utfordring-for-meg/

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  17. Beautiful artwork and I love the poem!

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  18. really lovely, I went for steam poetry as well this week

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  19. Love this. The thoughts of scissors cutting light shapes and the crows stealing the light...wonderful images.

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  20. Wow! This is gorgeous.
    I love the composition and colors.

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  21. The artwork is beautiful; I like crows so my interpretation of the image would joyfully hang on my wall. For me the crows are just storing up colors for use on darker days.

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  22. What a superb image! Thank you for sharing your process. I can see you bring the same artistic vision to your poetry, which is a delight to read.

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  23. such a fabulous write. The first two lines hooked me in (no - I lie - the title did, but that is for a different, crow-obsessed reason). The scissors image is brilliant: so visual and so right. The flow and music of the whole is beautifully sustained.

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  24. This is really beautiful. You worked the symbolism of the crows well; and I appreciated the explanation of your creative process. Love the photo and the invitation to the reader to join the narrator of the poem~ Glad to see you here in Poetry Pantry.

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  25. Well, this was a feast in here this morning. Your original photo, the stunning art you created from it and your reflective poem, all so wonderful. I especially love your two closing lines.

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  26. I love your dramatic image and wonderful poem to go along..

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  27. This is magical. Clever and creative and beautiful. Your accompanying poem..and how the crows speak to our internal fears - is just perfect. Inspiring work!!!

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  28. wow Sherri this is so stunning. VEry magical and powerful.

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  29. Enjoyed the picture - but actually you don't need pictures, when your words paint them so well!

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