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August 5, 2017 · 8:00 am

Under the influence of Georgia O’Keeffe (4)


March 20, 2017 · 8:00 am

Abstract 286


December 20, 2016 · 8:00 am

Abstract 156


June 5, 2013 · 9:00 am

Abstract 128 revisited

I like this picture, a lot!  In fact, it is one of my favourites.  And yet it was created from a mistake.  I was actually trying to photograph a cobweb, but my little compact was set on Auto and was unable to detect the web.

I tried every Photoshop trick I know (that doesn’t take long!) in an attempt to ‘find the web’, all to no avail.  But then I realised I had something far more interesting.  I zoomed in on part of the image and this abstract was the result.

So what attracted me?  Why do I find this picture so satisfying?

The obvious magnet was the strong contrast between the blues and the golds and the patterns they created.  There seemed to be a tension between the two  –  the calm of the blue and the energy of the gold.  It was something akin to night time on a camp site at a pop festival!

I also felt a spatial awareness  –  a sense of environment.  I could physically move around.

The association with music intrigued me.  I wondered what music might be used to accompany the picture  –  in the manner of film music  –  and acknowledged that the viewer’s perception of the picture could be influenced by the choice of music.  For example, Debussy’s Clair de lune would reinforce the mood of night time stillness; the sinister, threatening mood of an impending attack on an enemy could be suggested by an extract from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring; a gradual change from the one mood to the other by using Ravel’s Bolero, and so on.

By definition an abstract image does not give specific answers.  It invites the viewer to use whatever connections, experiences or strategies he/she finds helpful.  I’ve suggested a few  –  pattern, contrast, colour, spatial awareness, sense of environment, sound, association with music, emotional response.  Above all, abstracts don’t have to tell a story.

[Use the link to read the responses of Elena and Gigi to the original post:  Abstract 128]


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In the garden today

This picture was taken in the garden today: cotinus, lavatera and crocosmia.

See also Crocosmia


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Abstract 128

Pause for a moment and ask what feelings this image evokes and why.  What aspects of the photo prompt your response?  Are there elements that are particularly evocative?  Are the colours more significant than the shapes?  Are there shapes that suggest links to other experiences?


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Abstract 117

The inspiration for this abstract came from the surface pattern and texture of a pebble.

Abstract 117

See also Abstract 101, Abstract 102, Abstract 112, Seaweed pattern


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Lilac leaves pattern

Lilac leaves pattern

See also Shades of Autumn, Forsythia leaves in autumn, Spectre of Autumn, Autumn silhouette, Cotinus in Autumn, Abstract 110 ‘Crazy’


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