Thursday, January 29, 2009

January 29, 2009

7 comments:

Shirley said...

oo-ah-oo-ah...yesterday's photo was wonderful but you really got me with today's photo! Absolutely wonderful! Nice way to start the day! Thanks!

EmPrint said...

OMG! How powerful! Yesterday's flamingos were great and this is even better. Nice way to warm up in our snowy/icey weather.

Fay's Fun said...

Sometimes I wonder about my brain ---- it says "love/like/OK/Don't like..........:----))))))
and then has to work out WHY !!!!
('cos it didn't "like" the flamingoes -- no legs -- ROFLOL)
This one "Like" - fire escape stairs - one click to the left - love the geometrics in an untamed colour.
Thank you Jane
Fay

Anonymous said...

I like the presentation orientation but my mind kept trying to make sense of the image and couldn't. Perhaps it is because you rotated the image 90 degrees clockwise. I like the bold geometrics and color but I find it unsettling because my brain keeps trying to set it upright.
Lynne Croswell

Jackie said...

Wonderful strong lines and colors again. Your rotating it is great fun as well. However I find my eye firmly drawn to the 'teeth' in the lower right, perhaps it's your favorite red/green contrast again. Great! Thank you.

Jane Dunnewold said...
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Jane Dunnewold said...

When I rotated it - just for fun to see how it looked, it reminded me of one of Escher's images - going somewhere and nowhere simultaneously. I love it that I can try out the images and get immediate feedback! Thanks everyone!

November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008

November 20, 2008

How does color set a mood? The soft gray and white of the carpet, the cat Marshall, and the sunlit window contribute to to the sense of calm repose. What does blue mean to you or me? We all have symbolic associations for colors; some based on personal experience and some instilled culturally. 

The cobalt blue of the vase provides a point and counterpoint to the composition, in addition to providing elements that balance.
Keeping the cat in the lower third of the composition weights the image and is another visual door into the picture world.

November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008

November 19, 2008

This picture tells several stories. It references the human desire to order the world around us - the lettering on the wall establishes the alley as a No Parking zone, and the broken glass-  jutting out at the top - is another message of fear and frailty. Whoever lives behind this wall wants to be left alone.

But there is beauty in the contrast of the rough brick surface and the smooth translucency of the broken glass bottles. A contrast of textures makes for an interesting composition. And the abstract nature of the printed letters against the structure of the bricks would be worth emulating in another sort of composition.

There is as much beauty in decay as there is in a bouquet of fresh flowers. And aren't decay and fresh growth just two different spots on the same continuum?



November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008

November 18, 2008

The Hydrangeas offer a lesson in the effective use of color. The pale blue and lavender are roughly the same value, so they balance each other beautifully. I am challenged to mimic that combination of analogous colors on silk Habotai!

This photograph would be considered beautiful even without the red-orange and yellow flowers at the bottom. But the addition of the complements to the blue and purple creates a focal point and generates some nice contrast because of the complementary pairing. And imagine how different this composition would be, were the red-orange and yellow at the top instead of at the bottom. The current placement adds important visual weight.

November 17, 2008

November 17, 2008

November 16, 2008

November 16, 2008
Being and Non-being

Substance and Light

November 16, 2008

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside 
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the space inside
that holds whatever we want.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.

Tao te Ching; Verse 11
Stephen Mitchell translation