Weekly Photo Challenge Focus


This week’s Photo Challenge is FOCUS. I thought of many different ways that the theme focus could be applied. For example, the focus that a  small child has examining an interesting bug. Perhaps a student studying for a big test. It might be the focus shown by an art lover, seeing his favorite artist’s work in person. I remember the first time I ever saw a Monet in person, years ago in LA. Standing in front of the actual painting, it was close enough to touch.  I had seen this painting millions of times….in books, but this is the original. I just stared and stared. These brushstrokes were made by his own hand. He’s gone, but his brushstrokes remain. Stand close,, and you see dabs of color, step back and the eye mixes them and the painting takes on a different appearance. I was focused, let me tell you, time stopped as I focused on that painting. I had many thoughts about the word focus, bouncing around in my head.

After rereading the challenge, I concluded that the application of focus we are being directed towards, was the  focus  through the lens of  a camera. Our focus can be used to create interesting photos. With so many possibilities, this should be an interesting week.

I thought this could really stretch us to see things from a different angle. You know, outside the box. Let creativity run amock! Which is a good thing, especially for us amateurs. My mind is boggled by the variety that could result with so many people with their creativity on overdrive. This sounded so interesting. I have done a bit of playing around with this idea before. But I’m especially interested to see what the many pros do with it. Here’s a real opportunity for me to learn.

Just one more thought that struck me, I was referring to Monet earlier, it’s that strange? Must be the old subconscious working. The impressionists were doing this same thing, seeing things from a new perspective. Not being defined by the norm. So cool, isn’t that what this challenge is about?  I’m going to dive into all the posts I can, right after after I post this. It’s going to be a blast, seeing the many different results which imagination has produced.



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About Myself & My Approach Art has always played a role in my life, in one form or another. My family is filled with many artist's, so my love of art came naturally. By my teens, I had narrowed my focus to painting. I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild at 15, the youngest member at that time. I've continued to paint throughout my life. On occasion I've sold my work, but I had more important priorities, I was raising my children, part of that time as a single parent. My circumstances have changed, the kids are grown and I have more time for Art. Art is a form of therapy for me. I was introduced to quilting & fell in love. In time I missed the creative freedom painting made possible. Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home. MY APPROACH TO ART It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads. My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. I make creative decisions, choices, directions to take as they present themselves. This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise! Sometimes everything just comes together & I think to myself, "this is one of my better ones". when that happens, I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat. I’ve had work published in several magazines., which is gratifying. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased art quilt. Word press https://barbaraharmsfiberart.com Etsy shop-sales https://barbaraharms.com Https://barbaraharms.com Contact: inquiry barbaraharmsfiberart@outkook.com Personal Links

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