Day 3 of my February Picture A Day challenge is grass. I decided to take it quite literally and took a photo of grass. Wild, uncut and green as can be. Okay, I did do a bit of coloring with it. Here's what I did: I took the picture into Photoshop and colored some of the grass blades magenta and a few others purple. Most at 50% opacity, a few at 30% and one 100%. Then I put another copy of the original picture overtop the colorized one and dialed it down to 50% opacity, then melded it all together. Kind of a fun practice session in colorizing.
It's no surprise that I love color. When I'm painting, I use acrylic paints because by the very nature of the paint, it is bright, bold and glossy. When I do digital painting and digital enhancements to my photos, most of the time it is about the color...brightening, changing, abstracting to create something new in vision and emotion. Years ago I taught adult art classes. One of the favorites was for beginners in color mixing, using acrylic paints. They were so much fun! I'm thinking of teaching that again. In the spring I may offer a class through the local art center. I'm also developing an online course. Mixing your own colors is fun and quite the discovery process. What do you think?
Sometimes what I see through the lens of my camera is an explosion of color that I want to capture. Other times it is the lines and shapes that catch my eye. In this image, it was the textures. Wood, moss, lichen...rough, pebbly, soft. So many textures in one picture.
It is almost alien in its landscape. And it is something mostly unseen unless you look closely and take the time to admire the complexity. The wood is clearly old and heavily weathered. It's so rough you could get splinters if you ran your hand across it. The tiny orange moss clings to the spaces where moisture and sand and dirt have gathered to allow an anchorage. And the lichen...reminds me of the succulents in my grandmother's garden. They look both soft and cold. I love their rounded edges, so delicate against the rough wood.
I thought this image a good one for Day 2 of my February Picture A Day personal art challenge. Admittedly I'm not usually attracted to muted neutral colors. And, yes, it was tempting to do some art enhancements on this photo. But I decided that what this picture has to say is already eloquent without any help. I love the tonal contrast that is in the lichen...very light grays, almost an eggshell white in spots, paired with a rich, deep black. Hmmm, that would make a lovely color combination for an evening gown...soft light gray with a deep black lining. Nature, as always, is inspiring.
Ever have the experience of setting out from one room of your home to do something, walk through a doorway and discover you can't remember what it is you were going to do? Turns out there is a scientific reason. I found an interesting article at Scientific American's website titled, "Why Walking through a Doorway Makes You Forget." Give it a read; quite illuminating.
So why doors today? Today marks the first of 28 images for my February Picture A Day. As you can see on the list, Door is first. My image, The Door, is a fanciful one. First, I love the architecture of this lovely door. Every house or apartment I've ever lived in has rectangular-shaped doors; this one is so elegant with the arch. And the scroll work is beautiful.
Second it made me consider the choices we have when we open and go through a doorway. What waits for us out there? Did we have more than one choice of direction? Did you start out to just go to the grocery store, but once on the road make the decision to stop at a Starbuck's for coffee? The ghosted image is a reflection of that idea of choices. Every day, just like our beloved fictional Bilbo Baggins, we face adventure when we head out our door.