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Gift-wrapped Nature’s way

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December 27, 2018 · 8:00 am

Abstract 258

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Abstract ‘The Chase’

This abstract is derived from a clump of red seaweed.  The shape of the clump has not been changed in any way but a fewpatches of colour have been added to suggest the riders.

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Colour, shapes and textures on the rocks

Draped seaweed, exposed at low tide, often displays a range of rich colours and fantastical shapes that contrast with the barnacled or striated rock beneath.

 

 

 

 

 

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Abstract 212

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October 28, 2014 · 8:00 am

Abstract 197 ‘Space Odyssey’

This abstract is derived from the pattern of strands of seaweed on the shore/

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Abstract 171 ‘Circus performer’

Natural seaweed pattern but with colours for costume added.

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Seaweed patterns

These two ‘abstract’ patterns are derived from photos of seaweed attached to a breakwater and exposed only at low water.  I was attracted by the variety of shapes, colours and textures.

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Abstract 180

This ‘abstract’ image is derived from Nature’s random distribution of organic remnants  as the tide has receded.  I find considerable aesthetic pleasure in the balanced pattern of shapes, lines, colours and textures.  [It made me wonder what inspired the paintings of Joan Miro?!] See also Abstract 177

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Abstract 175

Many of my seaweed images use dead or dessicated material and the attraction lies in the sketchy patterns formed against a plain background.  However, this image is derived from a photo of wet seaweed on a rock.  The colours, lines, patterns and textures combine to produce a beautiful abstract composition.

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Seaweed abstract ‘The Confidants’

As with earlier posts, such as The Mystic and The Mendicant, this is a seaweed pattern as found.  Nothing has been added and nothing taken away  –  except the sand (a few grains of which have been retained).  A touch of saturation has been applied.

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Seaweed tiara

Wisps of seaweed can assume interesting patterns/shapes.

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We’re off to see the Wizard

I was attracted to this patch of seaweed by the range of colours, shapes and textures.  It was only when I was processing the image later that I noticed the wizard/magician/Merlin figure.

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Abstract 172

Another seaweed inspired abstract but this time with an emphasis on colour.

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Abstract 169 ‘Taking off!’

My love of pattern, especially natural/abstract pattern, will be apparent to anyone familiar with my posts.  One of the richest sources is the seashore, particularly at low tide.  The ebbing tide frequently leaves behind interesting seaweed formations  –  interesting for their shapes and for the strands of varying thickness and texture.

To maximise the impact, I often choose to isolate the pattern and set it against a white background.  It is a painstaking process but one I enjoy.

Although I sometimes suggest a narrative title (as in this case) it is almost invariably an afterthought and is probably unnecessary.  Certainly my enjoyment derives from the pattern itself.

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Breaking through

At low tide some of the plants from the magical world of the seabed begin to break through the surface and often form interesting patterns that are constantly changing with the movement of the waves.

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Abstract 167 ‘Pisces’

This abstract is derived from the natural pattern of seaweed on the shore.

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About lines and textures

I was attracted by the contrasting textures of pebble, seaweed and sand,

and by the simple, abstract hieroglyph of a strand of seaweed.

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Doodling again!

Some of the ‘seaweed doodles’ are figurative in character, such as those below.

It is worth repeating that nothing has been added to these images and nothing removed  –  other than the sand!  Removing the colour and texture of the sand gives clarity to the shapes.  A little colour saturation has sometimes been used for artistic purposes.  All of the photos were taken in the small Periglis Bay on the island of St Agnes in the Isles of Scilly.

African dancer

The Conductor

The Speed Skater

The Face

The Scorpion

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More Seaweed Doodles

Near the high tide line, fine, thin strands of seaweed often form delicate shapes, sometimes resembling floral patterns or intricate, decorative ironwork.

As previously, these examples are substantially as seen; nothing has been added or removed other than the sand texture. A little Photoshop tweeking has sometimes  been used to sharpen the image or to increase colour saturation.

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