23.7.07

More Bounty

Sue has sent some amazing interpretations of the Lily Pad that I've already "hung" on the wall - Go check them out right now!!
http://www.maraya.virtualave.net/workshop/5.htm

9 comments:

Neda said...

What a feast for the eyes. Each of these treasures reveal a most beautiful secret about its creator's art and spirit. Love them all!

Bobbie - I love the focus on the flower, it looks like it's awakening under a gentle rain. Lovely.

Diane - this is gorgeous. I see the motion in the symmetry. The upper middle part looks like eyes (maybe those of an amused little sea creature lost in the beauty of your flowers?). Bravo!

Rima, your japoniserie is so elegant and refined. I especially like what you have done with the lower left twigs. They look like a sumi-e painting! Is that your signature? Stroke of genius! I also like the shimmering green thingys at the left upper corner, and the masterfully chosen purple shadows. I bow in humility in front of such talent (hope it's genetic, lol!). Looking forward to more japoniseries, chinoiseries, and any other "ies."

Debi -- I really like the chiaroscuro effect and the way you played with the light gradations. It gives the image a noctural and mysterious aura. My favorite part are the little fish (or are my eyes failing me already?...Are these tiny autumn leaves strewn about a dream?). Most excellent, my friend.

Sue -- as I said on your blog, you are the master. I especially love the delicate lace effects over-laying the stunning reds and pinks. A word of public apology: I need to catch up on your other blog which alas, I just discovered today since I only bookmarked only one of them.

Frances, a double treat! Which one is truly you? My vote goes to the brilliant liquid lily! Who other than you could find the guts and humor to twist it all around! Did you add some lquid fairy to that? lol! Honestly, I think that the morphing of the lily has some existential philosophical depth that I am still trying to capture. Absolutely brilliant!!

-- Neda...oops that's me :) Gotta stop talking to myself..Hey Rima, who in the world is LUCY??

-- and now to Fawzan. So glad you joined in, my dear bro'. Modern Manet? Okay. But Toxic Pond??? Wayyyy coool, as Yasmine used to say. I absolutely love the collaged hands (especially the upward palms), the downward flow of the image, the almost sickly combo of orange and green slowly spoiling the beauty of nature. I am so thrilled that this piece shows part of the Zan I know, witty,sarcastic and poetic all-in-one. And yes, the rebellious one (didn't your wife say that we cannot add "stuff"??)..Anyway, I am really pleased that you had the time to play.

Awesome job, everyone!

dianeclancy said...

So this is Sue's other one that I couldn't find? I really like that one too!

What other blog? I agree with sue ... I will go have to find it.

~ Diane Clancy
www.dianeclancy.com/blog

Rima said...

Aren't we all amazing? And there's more coming!

Sue O'Kieffe said...

other blog: www.xanga.com/dancingsun

Sue O'Kieffe said...

i have been playing in photoshop with lots of focus for almost two years. i have developed a certain style and technique in that time. this was a good exercise for me to see other people's vision, using the same source image. i would like to be challenged more often to get out of my rut. im not sure i accomplished it with my pieces, but seeing what others did was inspiring and a lot of fun. thank you all.
~sue

Rima said...

More challenges to come...

Sue O'Kieffe said...

Rima...you are too kind (re your comment on my blog)...i'm an artist; it's just i have chosen a digital medium. i practice my craft. i will never be a watercolorist or someone who plays with wet brushes of any kind...well, at least not likely. i feel like i have miles to go, because i have a vision and im not there yet (and once i am, then i'll have another one). so, really, it's all a matter of perspective. is everyone in your faily an artist?
~Sue

Rima said...

Sue: I'll never be a watercolourist either, hehe... I love how the mandala also looks in miniature on my post.

Is everyone in my family an artist? I had to think about that one -

Neda is as you know my sister, Fawzan is my husband, he's the watercolourist in the family (but not full-time)! My dad is an avid art collector, especially in his so-called retirement. My cousin Alia started her immensely successful business by handmaking amazing silk flower creations. My late brother-in-law was a well-known abstract artist, Fawzan's nephew is also a painter whose work I have at the Maraya website. Both my daughters decided they were going to be artists when they grow up, and have started practicing already.

So I guess the answer is - although we don't all do this for a living - we're all artists (or wannabes) at heart.

Neda said...

What a great question, Sue...

Rima, this might require one of your delightful posts: we grew up with such a wonderful exposure to all art forms (visual art, poetry, music, etc) and one of the greatest gifts that our family has given us was the ability to have a vision and go beyond it, whatever that may be.They taught us how to "see," "hear, "read," and appreciate the whole spectrum. I know that our kids are continuing into this path and excelling with their creativity. Let's not forget what Picasso once said: we were all born artists. How true.It's just that we have to be true to ourselves. This is the path to happiness..