Lens Artists – Creativity

We are all creatives here at the blogging world. As Manja recently commented, posts can be stories, and stories are creative. But today I would like to post some creativity of my own.

I never considered myself a creative sort, that is until I discovered a very old decorative art form from Norway, called Rosemaling and even though I was far away in Australia, I was determined to learn how I could paint in a similarly creative way.

Little did I realize that Rosemaling was to take me to so many places, meet so many fantastic people, and make so many enduring friendships around the world. From Iceland to Turkey, Japan, Holland and back to Australia.

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One of my painting that I have printed on fabric

As I have my own photographic challenge, that I co-host with another blogger, I do like to support other bloggers who are running challenges, when I can. This is the first time I have participated in the Lens Artists challenge.

Rosemalt kubbestol
My mentor’s Rosemaling

This very old art form, called Rosemaling stems back to the 17th century and I think those who created the styles initially were extremely creative. It arose from Renaissance motifs but developed into individual styles based on each district in Norway.

Rosemaling
Inside an old Norwegian Stave Church. I love this blue!
Rosemaling
1766 Chest from Simenrud Fåberg
Norwegian Rosemaling Telemark Technique
Telemark Style rosemaling I painted. The small rose motif to the bottom left has been used by graphic designers with my permission.

Take a look here for the rules and other participants here Lens Artists – Creativity

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One Four Challenge – January Week 4 – Vote for your Choice

Robyn’s four week One Four Challenge, involves posting a photo each week that you have adjusted/altered in four different ways. Participants range from amateur to professional photographers, and the software, they use similarly widespread.

Last week I experimented with LR, but this week I have used a phone camera app, Sketch Guru, to crop and apply an artistic effect to the photograph. Click on the smaller photos to enlarge. The original photo is seen here.

Edited, straightened and shadows adjusted
Week 1 straightened and shadows adjusted

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Week 2 Heavily saturated and framed

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Week 3 exposure decreased in LR

Week 4 Sketch Guru App
Week 4 – Sketch Guru App – Painted effect

As always I invite you to select your favourite from the four weeks, vote, and post constructive feedback and criticism, if you feel so inclined. I appreciate everyone’s opinion.

I am going with Week 3 to win????

Join in each month at Captivate Me

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Photo Challenge – YELLOW

It is easy to find lots of Yellow around you when you look hard enough.

Such a happy colour –

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More yellow flowers… Banksia… my favourite

Banksia Flower

Riverfire festival: Support the duck???

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Yellow houses….

in New Zealand

To Akaroa.... a hidden diamond

and  in Denmark

Dragoer

Bees like yellow too……

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I used the picsart app to embellish the final photo

PicsArt camera appJoin in with the Daily Post’s Yellow – Photography Challenge  and find some yellow in your environment.

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