Yesterday was Time Out For Art at Zeebra Designs and Destinations. An every Thursday affair where Lisa encourages you to take a break and draw! I’ve really missed participating in the last few weeks, and am pleased to be only a day late this week. Although, I was drawing yesterday, I didn’t get it posted until today. Be sure to check out her wonderful blog.
For me drawing is one of the most relaxing things I can do, my mind letting go of day to day worries and focusing on the art of drawing (or painting, or sculpting, or writing, etc ….) while listening to music. A creative outlet!
Recently I’ve been working on a sketch for a blogging friend in England that many of you know, Ute! She sent me a photo, and while I’m still working on the actual sketch that’s more in keeping with the photo itself, I decided to experiment with Light and Dark and Ute’s face.
So I imagined that a bright light was illuminating her features from the left, washing out most of the detail on the left side of her face with shades of darkness and shadows on the right.
This is what I came up with: What do you think Ute? (And yes, I had already asked her permission to do this).
And here’s her photograph!
An excellent photo of Ute – and the owl’s a hoot! LOL
Be sure and visit Ute’s at Ute smile, she’s a delight! And she just returned from Spain where she not only spent time with her mom but also visited another excellent blogger and friend, Ralph – visit him too, his blog is excellent!
Thanks for stopping by, Enjoy your weekend my wonderful friends!
strokes of shadows.
Ah, je ne m’inquiète pas!
~ Penny L Howe, 2013
Hope you like my “prose of surreality”.
Thanks for stopping by,
The Art of Photography
I do use a variety of both photographs and graphic designs in my posts. Most of them, (like the one) above are from the archives of a morgue file from a professional firm that specializes in photographs, graphic designs and illustrations. www.dreamstime.com
However I do sometimes take my own photographs and when I was a student at Penn State University it was a hobby, so I had a darkroom and the whole thing. Seriously into photography at that time. After that life intruded and I went in different directions with my art form.
But today I would like to share a few photos I took just a few months ago while visiting the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco! This is the type of architectural beauty that one can’t resist. So without further ado. A few of my favorite shots.
I was fascinated by the shadows with this one!
More shadows but I also really enjoyed the setting!
I really love the goddesses in this one, aren’t they noble looking?
And of course these incredible columns behind the Goddess, just amazing!
The entrance and my favorite!
Hope you enjoyed,
I love looking at shadows, which is interesting because I was afraid of them as a child. Now I have an endless fascination with shadows. It’s like their hiding secrets somehow, things not quite visible to the eye, not quite.
They are illusionary. There is this instant connection to the unknown, mysterious – great for ones’ imagination.
For that reason shadows have always been great subject matter for both photographers and writers.
And shadows can be beautiful to look at, depending on the casting.
But I also find that Shadows are filled with meaning.
Take this shadow here for example it casts a silhouette of the person standing there and that shadow is not going anywhere.
It will stay exactly where it is, attached to the person. A shadow by its very nature cannot let go.
But when the person turns away from the shadow and faces the light … it’s gone.
I think life is a little like that, the shadows in life that cling that we can’t seem to make go away. Remember that a shadow in and of itself does not know how to let go.
It is the change in direction that makes the difference. As it is in nature, so it is in life.
Everyone have a happy Sun-day, one with no shadows. ♥