Welcome to the weekend. Welcome to my flower art – Saturday  link up s~A(R)T~urday!

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.”
Alberto Giacometti

Last week I shot a lot of blurry photos. Say what? Yep, I did. In my Tuesday post I told you that I am taking part in another Google+ Mentorship to hone and fine tune my skills in photography. Never content in (or ‘possibly slightly bored with’) ‘just’ getting the perfect i.e. in focus shot, I have now entered the world of intentional camera movement, intentional blur. Not as a replacement obviously, but as an addition to take my photography further.

Why am I telling you this (again)? For one, because I urge every inspiring photographer that follows me here to check out Google+ Mentorships. The best way to start is to 1st get into Google + and 2) to follow G+ Mentorship Program, oh, and maybe 3) follow me, too. And also, apart from my blurry assignment photos, I painted a little and I did a collage, which something totally new and fun to me, but I am not ready to show these works to you yet. I guess I could have delved into the archives and pulled an older photo for today, but instead I’ll show you an iPhone edit I did and posted on Instagram.

Here is my almost original photo, I emphasized the blur, depth of field and cropped it square. It is our one and only daffodil in our mini front yard:

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Then about two weeks later I came back to this image on my iPhone while being in physical therapy for my foot and started playing around with it in different apps.

Daffodil abstract Daffodil abstract Daffodil abstract Daffodil abstract

And lastly I combined these photos, blended them with different modes and opacity and masking and came up with this one. Lastly added a small border picking up the purple in the corner and posted it on Instagram as my ‘psychedelic daffodil’.

Daffodil abstract

Daffodil abstract

Starting last week I adopted the idea to highlight the last entry of the previous week’s s~A(R)T~urday. I still think this is a great idea, however I have two issues with it. One actually concerns you, because – I confused a lot of you to think that Jen’s beautiful cloud image was actually mine. I think I corrected that misconception, but the damage was done.

And the second one is copyright infringement. To show the picture in my post, I will need to download it to my computer and upload it on my site. While I obviously don’t have any wrong intent and I am sure most if not all of you won’t have an issue with me doing this, I would really need to contact every artist for their permission. That in itself is not a problem, but – time. Therefore I will compromise and instead of putting up the last entry’s picture, I will link back to it on the artist’s site.

Please check out the Sue’s entry last week. It is actually her Wordless Wednesday post and it shows beautifully textured photos of different flowers Textures / Image-in-ing. If you love flowers, like I do, you will love her post. Check it out!


 *** Here is where I link up today. ***

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I hope that over time we will be building a community dedicated to art and creating. My personal medium is photography and photo art, but I do not want to put a limit on my art link up. Thus I encourage you to join me, no matter which your art form is.

Please do not be intimidated that I am calling this an art link up. I want you to share your creations. Art is completely subjective. It takes courage and time to realize that you may actually call your own creations art. If you believe they are pieces of art, I believe they are. They may be good or bad or great – who am I to say?! I’d rather like to think along these words from Andy Warhol:

Don’t think about making art, just get it done.

Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. 

While they are deciding, make even more art.” 

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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