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Tuesday and thus time for two of my favorite virtual weekly blogging challenges by Leslie and Kathy. Each week both come up with a prompt for our blogging communities, one more aimed at writing, the other more at photography. A lot of times I can nicely combine both prompts, and I will do it again this week.

  1. Leslie’s prompt today: I am so done with Winter… .show me your Spring!  
  2. Kathy’s suggestion for Song-ography is “American Pie” by Don McLean

Doesn’t sound combinable?! Watch me:

“But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step”

Granted I am barely scratching the surface of this American classic and I actually also had a pie photo lined up, but when I saw it next to this photo? Nope, that was a no go. So, sorry, Leslie, but not really spring here yet either. What better excuse than to create our own spring with our art?

This is actually a variation of a photo I did early in 2013 as a simple composite. A spring photo, plus snow effect. That was it back in 2013. Fast forward two years and I have added more elements, paper, flowers, bird and script overlays, all part of my evolution as an artist.

There is no right or wrong. There is art.

spring, snow, grunge, fine art

Hmm, why don’t I show you the 2013 version, too? Here you go. A lot cleaner, less messy, more real, more photographic. Which ever one you prefer, I created them both and I like them both.

spring, flurries, snow, willow

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  • Tom The Backroads Traveller

    I see it and I like it! Tom The Backroads Traveller

  • Carol Blackburn

    Both are great. The flowers are a nice touch though.

  • Nick

    Interesting perspective and edits.

  • Kim Cunningham

    Hope you are enjoying spring now! No shivering. Cool mash-up photo!

    • Claudia Willison

      Weeelll, it sure looks a lot nicer outside now, but it was still a little cold. Today is supposed to get warmer. But it will be a few more days before we see real signs of spring, I think. Thank you, Kim.

  • Tamar

    There is no right or wrong, there is art – love that!

  • Judy

    Love both pictures! We loved our tour of Bonaire as well. I can understand why you love it so.

  • Stacy Uncorked

    Seriously love both pictures! I could gaze at them all day! 🙂

  • Debbi Decker

    Great composite! I love weeping willow trees. As for the song, eh…. not so much. In fact it is one of the ones I dislike intensely. But others enjoy it so I won’t go into the gritty detail of why it irks me so. I did hear this morning that the author of the song is auctioning it off and will announce after the auction what exactly the song is really all about. So many think it is about the death of Buddy Holly. I also heard there were more lines to it than recorded. Geeze…… it was quite long as it was….

    • Claudia Willison

      Weeping willows are pretty. Unfortunately they had to cut this one down a bit due to storm damage, but at least it is still there.
      And you were right about the auction and Buddy Holly 🙂 Yep, it is a very long song. I don’t actually mind it, but I can and do only hear it ever so often.

  • kim at picking poppies

    “There is no right or wrong, there is art.” – just perfect, and evolution is grand…great image!

  • Tamara

    I like them both too. And I like to think about spring just like that – it feels ever so slightly out of reach right now but I imagine I’ll change my tune after we get through the next few rough days.

    • Claudia Willison

      I am sure that spring is just around the corner for us, Tamara. We have seen the last of snow for this season. From now on, it will be getting warmer!

  • Laurie Kazmierczak

    Cool transformation…always like to see the original and the final edit♪

    • Claudia Willison

      Thank you, Laurie. While the 2013 one is the original composite version, the original pictures are the willow tree + snow overlays in 2013 and added flower pics and more overlays in 2015.

  • Rorybore

    One of my most favourite songs!!
    And I’d like to say bye bye bye Forever winter! ha.

    Of course you know I love both photos, because you’re brilliant. but I am going to go with the more Spring one; just because I am desperate to go outside without 8 pounds of clothing on soon! LOL

    • Claudia Willison

      I’ll tune in to your song, Leslie. No more winter, no more winter! Sun is shining and it is getting warmer here. And I think I saw the first small buds on trees. But we still have a ways to go.
      Thank you as always!

  • Ida P. Krause

    I do like them both. My favorite though is the top one. It’s like you can feel spring just getting ready to “burst forth” from the chains of winter. Very nice.

  • kisma

    I actually love the first one best, but of course have to say they both rock!

  • McGuffy Ann Morris

    My goodness. You really are good…really good. So “polar” opposite, I love both images.
    The “American Pie” written lyric manuscript brought in 1.2 million at Christie’s Auction today. What a great song, and such an integral piece of our American history.

  • Faythe

    did you do both on the computer? I really like the top mixed one, but both are pretty 🙂
    Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails

  • Kathy

    Sooooo ready for Spring! Thanks for joining in at Song-ography!

  • Kelly Del Valle

    I like both! I have never tried manipulating my photos beyond a tiny tweak here and there – since I mostly do nature shots – but it’s something that I’d like to try my hand at sometime. 😀

    Found you via Pierced Wonderings’ Photo Friday!

    • Claudia Willison

      Thanks for the visit, Kelly. I know what you mean about photo manipulation. My motto is to either leave the photo alone = no beyond basic contrast, tone, temperature etc. or really edit = composite, grunge etc. Both are definitely fun and art worthy.

  • Jen

    I love both of those photos! I’m beginning to appreciate photo manipulations more and more. I love how just a a few little tweaks gets you a totally different feel and mood in a photo.

    Thank you for joining us again this week!

    • Claudia Willison

      Very true, Jen. Like I just replied to Kelly: My motto is to either leave the photo alone = no editing beyond basic contrast, tone, temperature etc. or really edit = composite, grunge etc. Both are definitely fun and art worthy.

  • aNoviceMum

    I prefer the 2013 version because it’s less to focus on. However, both are enjoyable in their own way. All the best as you keep creating. #FridayPhoto

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