I have interpreted this week’s Photo Challenge: Awakening the best way I know how by sharing the joy of spending time in the studio last weekend with my beautiful, creative granddaughter who shows us all so perfectly how a box of paints, a few brushes, paper and a little water can awaken the artist in all of us.
“For this week’s photo challenge, explore the vibrant, hopeful colors of your favorite sunrise or sunset.”
Here are two of mine
Sunrise on the road to Vimy in northern France, 2012
Sunset over the Grand Canal in Venice, 2017
“What’s your favourite place near or far,” we are asked for this week’s Photo Challenge.
Not surprisingly here are two of mine.
This week’s Photo Challenge asks us to “do some visual storytelling with your photography.”
In May 2016 I posted a story about how my yardwork became artwork. Since it fits so well with this week’s challenge I thought I would repurpose it for those who may not have seen it before. So…if your interest has been piqued open the photo and read on.
Out of This World
“Share a picture that takes us on a journey into the unknown.”
This week’s Photo Challenge asks us to…“share a photo that takes a familiar scene — a place you frequent, a face you know well, an activity you engage in regularly — and makes it look and feel like something out of this world.”
Those of you who follow thechangingpalette will know that a “place I frequent” as often as I can engaging in the activity of pushing paint around, is my studio where the palettes often take on a life of their own as I work.
After completing the recent series of paintings of the amazing athletes of the XXIII Winter Games I pinned them all on the studio wall, as you saw in a wall worth building, the post ending with a photo of my work table. Today’s photo is of the table’s colourful palette…
…which when manipulated with a little help from Photoshop Elements, replacing the white porcelain tile with black, creates a definite out of this world feeling. I hope you agree.
If you are suffering from Olympic Games withdrawal like me hopefully the Out of This World
poetry in motion of Olympic Gold Medalist Alina Zagitova will help.
wall of champions
Over the past two weeks, like you no doubt, I have been inspired by all of the amazing athletes of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games who, with their grace, artistry, strength, endurance and teamwork, have shown the world the true meaning of friendship, sportsmanship and peace.
As I painted each day my “wall of champions” grew higher and higher so that today, as the Games have concluded it has become my way of saying “thank you” to all of the remarkable athletes of the Games for thrilling us each and every day.
As those of you who follow my blog know two heroes of mine, and indeed all of Canada’s, are Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. I thought my few paintings of them fitted well with this week’s Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd
for whilst you cannot see their facial expressions in these simple water-colour and ink sketches, their emotions and connectedness are expressed in every move, every gesture and every glance.
Finally, I feel that I have also been an unseen face in the crowd since with every event that I watched both day and night I was there unseen, together with countless millions of others in Pyeongchang and around the world loving every glorious moment.
When you walk the Seawall around Stanley Park in Vancouver you will enjoy one of the great city walks of the world. These photos taken on the last day of 2017 on a perfect end-of-the-year sunny Sunday morning show some of the sites you will see as you walk, jog, cycle or rollerblade the 8 kilometre pathway: the majestic totem poles at Brockton Point; Lions Gate Bridge with its backdrop of the snow-covered North Shore mountains; Siwash Rock and English Bay; sailboats moored in Coal Harbour; and the gleaming bronze statue of Harry Jerome who represented Canada in the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games winning the 100 metre bronze medal in 1964.
As your tour guide welcome to some of the gems of Vancouver.
Did you know that today is World Read Aloud Day.
No more precious moments than reading aloud to our two beloved granddaughters
Light Painting Variations for this week’s Photo Challenge.