Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: COLORFUL

“Fill the canvas of life with the colors of peace, bliss, beauty and love.”

Amit Ray

Graffiti covered wall with mini car


This week I’ve decided it’s time to lighten up and introduce some fun and frivolity to our challenge. To that end, I’ve opened with a capture from the archives that makes me smile every time I look at it. Yes the wall is amazing but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without the tiny little car parked in front 😊.


Blue, Yellow Up and Down arrow sculpture


“Do what makes you happy; don’t be afraid to color outside the lines.”

Peggy Toney Horton

This summer during our visit to the Hudson Valley we enjoyed exploring some of the many wonderful art exhibits, including Omi International in Ghent, NY. There I found myself wondering about the sculpture I captured in the image above. I was drawn to the bold colors but admit I thought perhaps the artist might be somewhat indecisive 🙃

canvas painting of chair at table


“If you’re to choose to paint your life today… What will it be? Remember, you’re the artist, not the canvas.”

Val Uchendu

Speaking of art, the image above is a photograph of a canvas that drew our attention in one of many galleries. In fact, because we were both drawn to it, it now hangs on our kitchen wall. My husband and I try to add a unique item from each of our journeys. Sometimes large other times small, our choices become a unique part of our home as well as reminders of some of our fondest memories.

Orange-beaked oystercatchers


“Colours are nature gone wild.”

Raheel Farooq

Of course I must close with proof that Mother Nature herself is perhaps the most colorful artist of all. Exhibit A: the amazing little oystercatchers above with their bright orange beaks and matching eyes. Or better yet,  the glorious colors of the roseate spoonbill shown below. Interestingly, I’ve seen several spoonbills here on Kiawah (a sure sign of climate change as they were typically seen only in Florida) but this week was the first time I’ve ever seen one in flight.

Roseate spoonbill in flight


To some, each day brings a struggle to see beyond the darkness. For the rest of us, it is important to find moments of joy. We are surrounded by all of the colors of the rainbow, but it’s up to us to recognize and appreciate them. Remember, gratitude is recognized as one of the most important elements of a balanced, contented life. 

So go ahead – find some colorful captures to make us smile.  Link your post to this one and BE SURE TO TAG IT LENS-ARTISTS TO APPEAR IN OUR READER SECTION.  Stay tuned for Patti’s post next Saturday and if you need information on how to participate in the challenge, click here

Have you seen these?

Last week Amy challenged us to find some of life’s everyday moments. Check out some of the responses:

        Tish Farrell shared an incredible set of moments from her adventures in Africa

        A warm welcome to Mukhamani who joined our challenge for the first time.

        Sylvia created her new blog Mycolorfulexpressions specifically to join our challenge. Welcome Sylvia!




218 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: COLORFUL

  1. Pingback: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #53: Your Choice (Gratitude) | HHC Blog

  2. Pingback: Lens-Artists Challenge #12 – PATH | The World Is A Book...

  3. Love the spoonbill & the oyster catchers Tina, and so pleased that you & others have initiated a new challenge. Even though I have little time for blogging, I was disappointed when WordPress closed the WPC, so now I know I have something to join in with when I have a chance.

  4. Pingback: Before and after | Border Crossings

  5. Hi Tina having a busy time and finding it difficult to get around to commenting (let alone posting – I am about 10 Afrikaans posts behind).
    That is indeed a wacky colourful wall. Pity about the the car which drove into it decreasing its size to about half of the original… Rosie the Riveting is my favourite though and it sound like the title of modern classic about a woman who broke out of the mould.

    You really reminded me again of gratitude.

    • 🙂 Thanks Abrie, no worries about being a busy guy. After all, someone has to keep their eye on those beautiful daughters of yours! You have much to be grateful for my friend!


  6. Pingback: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: COLORFUL 2 – A Tale Unfolds

  7. Pingback: Colourful Boats – Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | Ouch!! My back hurts!!

  8. Pingback: Another Geo Serendipity – Geo Adventures

  9. Pingback: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: COLORFUL – A Tale Unfolds

  10. Pingback: Street Art – Ioannina, Greece – Note to Traveler

  11. Pingback: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: Colourful | nowathome

  12. Pingback: Is White a Color? – Nes Felicio Photography

  13. Pingback: The Changing Seasons ~ August ~ A Change In The Weather In Wenlock – Tish Farrell

  14. Pingback: Buddha in Color – The New 3 Rs: Retire, Recharge, Reconnect

  15. Pingback: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Colorful | Journeys with Johnbo

  16. Pingback: Colorful Art Abounds–Travels and Trifles Photo Challenge – that little voice

  17. Pingback: *colorful* in niagara falls, ontario – ~ wander.essence ~

  18. Pingback: Lens-Artists photo challenge : Colourful… – Living in Paradise…

  19. Pingback: Tacky | Click This, TAPG!

  20. Pingback: The Colorful Painted Anemone, Urticina crassicornis – theoutershores

  21. Pingback: Colorful sky | XingfuMama

  22. Pingback: “Awww” – ‘nough said – Abrie dink hardop

    • First Abrie, I am proud to be your friend. I enjoy your humor and obviously large heart immensely. Second, thank you for sharing your beautiful daughter (s) with us both in this post and the links. Will comment further there. I love to kid you but your note and post touched my heart no no humor just this once!

      • Hi Tina I missed this comment (have commented somewhere else on your post just now). Thank you for stating that you are proud to be my friend. I actually wondered about my “audacity” to mention that you are a good friend. But somehow I knew you wouldn’t mind. Thanks for this assurance and special words.

Please Tell Me What You Think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: