Friday, January 11, 2008

Fragmented Apple

Here is my entry for the photoshop challenge that Rima at Marazine blog devised. It was a fun and absorbing time. Her sister Neda at Papiers Coll├ęs set the standard with her "Paris Crunch/Merci Mr. Gruau" and so I was really challenged.

I cut the apple in half, then pasted 3 copies which I rotated randomly. I used [filter,stylize,emboss] to create the blocks, then used [image,apply image] to the new image and applied the same image to itself. I felt the slices needed something to define them and so after a few experiments I used [filter,distort,pinch] and got some dimension at last. I fiddled with the [image,adust,brightness/contrast] trying to get a satisfactory (to me) contrast between the layers. It still looked a little bland so I used the paint bucket tool to fill in the background with black, then used equalize on the fragmented slices.


John (Copyright JMM 2007-2008) said...


I really like your image and its sensibilities - a sense of creation and harmony out of darkness. A positive flow that echoes new spring leaves emerging.

I saw Debi's post and suspect the JD may be your grandson. Even if that were not the case, I want to offer you my deepest condolences. From my experience, none of the words I say matter as much as the aura of compassion.

I wrote Bev recently that I feel like a "wedding crasher" here - particularly when commenting on something truly important. Debi and you are great giving open joyous people and I can see the strongs bonds of your family - your affection circles our small warm cold earth.

My best, always. And, my thoughts in your sorrow. Take care and may God bless your family.

Julie said...

This is a fantastic version of the apple! I am so inspired by your art!

dianeclancy said...

Hi Bobbie,

This is wonderful!! I love all your planes of light and dark ... very engaging!!

This is great that you are creating all this art!

~ Diane Clancy

Sweet Irene said...

What a great image you made of the apple, Bobby, becoming of a true artist.

I didn't know for sure if JD was your grandson, but please accept my condolences with his loss.

I am sure that it is very difficult as a grandma to lose one of your grandchildren.

Bobbie said...

So sorry, I should have posted something before. I tried a couple of times but just could not find the words. JD is/was my grandson. He was a joyful boy and I will miss him.

Neda said...

May JD's spirit always be honored. My deepest thoughts are with and your dear family.

Neda said...

Bobbie, YOU are the diva of digicollages! I am just a mere amateur.

Crunch. Crunch. I love that apple. Very postmodern graphics.

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Wow Bobbie, you make it sound so easy! It's a amazing what you achieved.
I hope you got my condolences on a previous post...I have been thinking of you and Debi.
The lack of colour is the most noticable thing to me (I know it was a clear glass apple to start with.) Perhaps a reflection (undestandably)of your emotions at this time? I hope the colour returns to your day soon...keep up that art therapy!

Frances said...

Love those fractures.
Wishing you strength and hope at this upsetting time.
Take care of yourself.

Rima said...

This is stunning, Bobbie! I love it - in keeping with Neda's french fashion theme, it reminded me of Paco Rabanne, whom I loved growing up. Wow! this is so fabulous, and such a departure from your usual curvy, dreamy, conceptual artwork. Very fabulous!

Mick said...

Gee wizzikers! I do love this one.

Anonymous said...

I love your take on Rima's apple challenge. I think it's so cool how you "deconstructed" the apple into those graphical layers, they add a wonderful sense of movement. The movement of the layers combined with the dark background seem to speak of a movement out of darkness. Also I love how you retained the shadow of the apple in your piece, to me that was one of the most interesting parts of the image.

BTW, thank you so much for visiting my burgeoning blog and for the all too kind words you left behind. God Bless.