Lens-Artists Challenge #49 – Favorite Things

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”

Jonathan Swift

impressionist art - roseate spoonbills


This week we’ve been challenged to share some of our favorite things. There isn’t enough room in all of WordPress for me to cover all of my favorite things, so instead I’ve focused on only one – creating impressionist art from some of my images.  Above, three beautiful little spoonbills are being observed by a long egret.  Do you suppose he/she was wondering where they got those amazing pink coats? Or is he just glad he has a normal beak? 



“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight and no vision.”

Helen Keller

On a bike ride along one of our local golf courses last week I came across a group of landscapers working in our marsh of newly summer-green hues. I had only my iPhone but with a few swipes of an impressionist brush I was perfectly happy with the resulting image. Proving once again that the best camera is the one you have with you.



“Your heart is able to see things that your eyes aren’t able to.”

Kholoud Yasser

I recently did a post in B&W highlighting this year’s incredible magnolia blossoms. Above, I’ve treated a close-up image with an impressionist brush followed by a touch of texture. I liked the way the background of blue sky became more prominent, as did the yellow center.

Charleston SC pineapple fountain impressionist


“We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.”

Abhishek Kumar

The iconic Charleston Pineapple fountain above has been featured more than once on my blog, including a post about old-world Charleston here.  As proof that the way an image is treated by the artist can significantly change the way it is perceived by the viewer – I’d say that the last term one might use to describe this week’s image is “old-world”!  Although personally I’d be more inclined to hang the old-world version on a wall, I suspect there might be others who would prefer something more like this one. Beauty, as always, being in the eye of the beholder.



“I know that this world is a world of Imagination and Vision.”

William Blake

I’ll close with an image of two adorable little fawns I spotted (pun intended) last week. I was actually a bit too far away and they were too skittish for a good capture. Using textures and an impressionist tweak, the image becomes something rather dream-like versus a realistic portrait.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on Patti’s Favorite Things challenge.  Coincidentally in addition to the impressionist editing, all of my subjects are among my favorite things as well 🙂. For the traditionalists among us, I promise to return to more realistic images next week when Ann-Christine presents us with our next opportunity. Until then wishing everyone a great week ahead.


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119 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #49 – Favorite Things

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  2. Tina, I really like the different impressionist editing techniques you chose for each image. It’s hard to decide on a favorite and glad I don’t have to – LOL. The magnolia is beautifully transformed, the fawns are lovely and a great photo save although the simplicity and colors in the marsh image make it my favorite! All the images plus your quotes make this such an enjoyable post to read!!

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