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Brain Coral


Okinawa, Japan is basically a coral island. One type of coral that fascinates me the most is brain coral, so called because its surface resembles the sulci and gyri of a brain. They can also take on different shapes and colors. Sometimes it has these little star-like formations, like in the photo above. You can also view this image, and a few more new additions, in my metamorphosis/abstracts album.


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Blue

I just noticed that this week’s photo challenge is ‘blue,’ and it just so happens that I’ve been working on this blue net bag. Perfect timing.


Some images start as one thing and then grow into something completely unexpected. Some images start as one thing and stay the same. A bit like people (and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way–sometimes it’s nice to stay the same). I alter images for various reasons: I see something in it that wants to emerge, I love the concept of the photo but the photo itself isn’t the quality that I want, or I’m just bored and feel like playing around. I also leave some photos untouched because I think changing them would do them an injustice. I though that with my abstract photos it might be nice to tell you what they were before they became what you see. I’m not the type of person who won’t share a recipe. If you want to know how I do something I’m happy to tell you, because what you create won’t be the same as what anyone else creates.

The first (looks kind of like a totem) was taken from a cliff overlooking the sea. If you look closely you may be able to see the beach, the waves, and the rocks. Maybe not? I did change it drastically. (Taken in Okinawa, Japan)

The second is multiple exposures in one frame. (Comprehensive Park in Okinawa)

Next was a sculpture on the side of a building. (Ajijic, Mexico)

The door was a door that I skewed. (Ajijic, Mexico)

Melting was a bottle on a beach. (Okinawa, Japan)

The next, as I’m sure you can see, is a mirror image. I loved those trees. I saw all kinds of creatures in them. All I did was create a duplicate layer, flipped one and put them together. The creatures jumped out. (Ie Island, Japan)

The next was a coconut, also on a beach (think I spend a lot of time by the water?). (Okinawa)

Sometimes a cross is just a cross… (Mexico) 

The gears were on a rusted out backhoe in a junkyard (you can get a lot of interesting shots in junkyards). (Okinawa)

The liquid blues and greens? That was taken where? You guessed it. It was a photo of glass that I found in the sand. (Okinawa)

The lights were in the fabulous Gyokusendo cave in Okinawa.

The bricks were bricks. (Okinawa)

The strings were originally vines hanging over an eave. (Okinawa)

And finally, the web was the web. (Okinawa. I have a great photo of a spider that I’ll post later.)

It’s all about emotion, movement, & color…

Here are just a few samples of my abstract oil paintings (new page under ‘art’). When I paint I just let whatever is inside me that wants to come out, come out. I let the canvas dictate what it wants to be. I’m very affected by color and I find that the palette I use is often influenced by where I’m living at the time. The painting above was inspired by living in Okinawa, Japan. The post-card aqua seas were breathtaking and I loved to snorkel and dive. That’s what this painting represents to me. The paintings in the album were all created while in Mexico and represent everything from the Aztec culture to the lively fiestas. I think that movement and colors bring the painting to life. Of course, to me, painting is also a very emotional experience. That may or may not be evident. But whether you love or hate it, it’s all an emotional response. The beauty of abstract is that anyone can bring their own eye/experience to it and see whatever moves them.

Abstract art album added

I’ve just added a new art album called “Abstracts.” Each of these originated from one of my photos. The above, for instance, was a picture of a bottle on a beach, taken in Okinawa, Japan.

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