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

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  21. Wow! that building is amazing. I’ve never seen a building that looked like that. Love the bright orange beaks of the oystercatchers (never saw them before either) and the lovely spoonbill. That’s a cool painting that you bought. Good the the arrows are not sideways on a street — might confuse drivers, lol.

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  23. Color in an image is always so rich when the subject is right! I love that little car against the backdrop of the storefront! I saw pink Rosie on IG this morning! When I am home on weekends I will try to tie in some Sunday Stills themes with yours!

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  28. Many thanks for the link to my blog, Tina. And thank you for this inspiring array of colour and creativity and not least for the roseate spoonbill, whose colours, one feels, must be a wonderful figment.

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  30. Tina, how lucky for you to capture that spoonbill in flight! I always appreciate your comments where there’s always food for thought.😘

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