Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: COLORFUL
“Fill the canvas of life with the colors of peace, bliss, beauty and love.”
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 😊.
“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 🙃
“If you’re to choose to paint your life today… What will it be? Remember, you’re the artist, not the canvas.”
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.
“Colours are nature gone wild.”
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.
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!