Friday, January 4, 2008

The Colors of Bark

I had no time to blog tonight, but I couldn't help myself. When I find 20 minutes or half an hour and start to work up an image, I have to see it through. So I'm addicted to photography, Photoshop, and blogging, all at once. Many times it gets in the way of my painting, which I'm trying to keep as my first priority. Especially as I have that show coming up.

This is the bark of a palm. I found it to be such a textural treat, and full of colors and character as well, that I had to post it! I love the sunlight playing on it, making it glow and come alive for the eye! If you look closely, you can see the blue, orange, and purple tones. I'm truly coming to believe that some of the most stunning and magnificent scenes are to found in very small things, or portions of those things. And nature is the thing I like the most!

Do you find beauty in this image, or am I just blinded by the (sun) light?

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  1. I am fascinated by the small stuff. Details are what make up the whole, so why not focus on them? Beautiful shot. (Though I actually admire the people who can compose those giant wide-angle landscape shots. It's something I can't wrap my head around - yet.)

    I've never noticed the link to your other site - did you just add it? Either way, I can't wait to find time to read and absorb the "more thoughts on art" page. At first glance, it looks like we share a lot of the same ideas.

    (On a side note, your RSS feed for this post came in as colored text that could barely be seen on a white background.)

  2. I'm with you on that. I really enjoy macro and close up bits of things, you see so much more even though it is less.

    Cheers Mark

  3. Peter, me too. I think I actually like macro shots more than wide-angle panoramas. Many of those are to me, multiple shots all in one, and it's too much for the eye and mind to take in and digest.

    Isn't it great that we can share ideas on our blogs? I think we may get to express more here than in our everyday passing conversations!

    Yes, I've just added the other site to BC. I had started it awhile back and have been neglecting it sorely. At any rate, PV is my primary blog, at least for now.

    Thanks for mentioning the light color on the feed post. It's my fault, as I inadventently changed the color from the template color. I don't think it will happen again.

    Thanks for coming by. Have a great weekend!

  4. Thanks for coming by, Mark.

    Yes, as far as a fascination with close-ups goes, we are lucky to have such an inexpensive preoccupation, as looking closely at things! Of course it's more expensive to capture and PRINT them!

  5. Wonderful photo Lynda!!! I just love it! Thanks for sharing this with us! I can't help but think of how each piece of bark to me stands for one moment in time that the tree itself has experienced. Nature holds so much's amazing! Thanks again for sharing this with us! *HUGS*

  6. Thanks, Angela! If I don't see you again before, good luck with your show! :)

  7. I am fascinated by macro shots that bring a new dimension to something (like your palm tree) so you see it in a whole new way. That's why I love your photo. The texture is just wonderful!

    Oh, by the way, I'm having the same addiction problem that you are... I can't get my mind off photography long enough to play with my art. So I feel your "pain".

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  8. Lynda blogging - addiction, oh my friend you are so right, I find myself in those situations a lot. The funny thing is that I carry so many conversations on other blogs, and if ever someone did search on me, I think they could put my bio together, lol. Well it is fun. BTW the photo is beautiful, at first I thought I was looking at the mountains, everything is there, including field of depth. You could probably put a person on one of the peaks and it would look real. Really nice capture, I like it a lot. Photoshop is fun. Anna :)

  9. Lynda, absolutely --nature, a wonder treat for ever!
    Btw, You are brightened by the Divine light and not blinded by the naked light!

  10. Cindy, it's a good "pain" to have, right? We could have worse afflictions than being addicted to finding beauty in every day things!

  11. Anna, I've thought of that. Some of our comments that we leave really give a lot of cues. But our online conversations are fun--I agree. And as you pointed out in one of your posts, we actually feel that some of our blogger friends are LISTENING to us! :)

  12. There's such a feeling of life in that photo.

  13. That is an intriguing photograph. I love the different textures of bark - it's as if you can see all that the tree has experienced in its lifetime.

  14. Hi! Just back from viewing all your fantastic images in your web gallery. I fell in love with "Oceano". I was totally mesmerised by its beauty and had the feeling of being drawn into the image.

    As for the image on this post. It reminds me of myself really. Worn, torn, cracked, beaten but still alive and kicking.

    Yes, I do see the beauty in it. Perhaps theres hope for me yet!

    All my best!

  15. What is Blogging without Photography, and what is Photography without Photoshop?

    Very nice presentation of "The life" in the bark. A pattern can be found many places . if you look for like you have done!

  16. Cool, amazing the amount of detail and colors that are in someplaces you wouldn't twice about taking a pic of. I am just getting into photography for enjoyment, thanks for making me think differently.

  17. It's easy to forget that the intricacies of our world go all the way down from the macro to the micro, just as the structure of the atom mimics the motion of the planets around the sun. Thanks for your beautiful illustration of this - and only now, as I look again, do I really see the glow of the light that you mention in your text. So much to see in something which might easily go unnoticed...

    Thanks for the link and the lovely comment on my blog. I've linked back to you!

  18. Kate,

    Yes, the bark is like our human skin that tells of the passage of our years. But the bark is more intricate and has more hues in it, lol...

    And perhaps the tree accepts its aging more than we people do!

  19. Peter, you don't LOOK "Worn, torn, cracked, and beaten" to me! But I know what you mean. Life does that to us sometimes. We're lucky that we have interests and passions that renew and refresh our spirits!

    I'm certain that there is ample hope for you!!!

    Thanks again for looking at my art. I like "Oceano" too, because there's a lot going on in there and I do feel when I stare at it, almost as if the vast ocean is washing in over me. But my paintings are so small on the net--they look much better "in person" because you can really see the color and detail. Thanks for taking the time to look at my site!

    Eat your veggies and stay well! I will try to do the same. :)

  20. I agree with that assessment, Runee. (except some people have JASC, lol.) They go together like love and marriage, or a horse and carriage!

    What joy we find, in finding beauty everywhere, right?

  21. And thank you, Bob, for turning me on to a lot more of the intricacies of space, than I knew about before I discovered your blog! You present your considerable knowledge in portions the layperson can digest, which for me, works well!

  22. Secret Simon,

    In response to what you have just said here, I must ask you if you have read Lewis Thomas' book THE LIVES OF A CELL? It's one of the best books I've ever read, and addresses that macrocosm/microcosm duality and paradox. It's fascinating.

    Thanks for linking back to me! We'll have to talk more about these things....

    Have a lovely evening! :)


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