The winner of the Haunting Places challenge is Josephine Pugh‘s “Empty ~ West Park Asylum”. A very powerful, sombre and indeed haunting image. Minimalist in composition, subdued in tone, but rough and tactile in texture – very effective!
“This challenge is for artwork and photographs which pretty much only involve one colour, but we are not looking for black & white or grayscale photos or drawings here.
It might be a monochrome photograph in the sense of being e.g. sepia, ambrotype, cyanotype, either originally or through a post-processing filter.
Or it could be any sort of digital image which has been given a hue, colour cast or some kind of filter so that all the colour in the images consists of different shades of one colour.
Or it might simply be that the subject matter of the photo, painting or drawing involves almost or completely one colour.
Or it colour be any digital image which has been so reduced in saturation, brilliance or contrast that each shade barely differs from grey.
I am taking the word ‘colour’ to mean not black or white. Black and white can be thought of as the darkest and lightest shade of any given colour.
Monochrome means almost the same thing as duotone!”
This beautiful image of Oliva Beach, Valencia, Spain is a great example of how the use of one colour can give a calm and dreamlike overall quality to an image. The subtle variation in the blues of the distant mountains receding into the mist is perfectly complemented by the sharper light and dark contrast which captures the crispness of the waves so effectively. And the simple, silhouetted figure in the middle distance gives the image a story.
This is a lovely example of how choosing one narrow part of the colour spectrum and working with that can produce a stylish and evocative image. The masterful use of bluish greys for the soft but fine shading in this picture is part of what gives the image its mysterious feel, as the figure seems to be literally emerging from the foliage. I think this is a beautifully romantic and charming picture.
Congratulations to both our winners, who are now featured members for a while!
Hello, friends. It’s time to share with you the most voted work in one of our latest challenges: Happier, healthier. The concept:
Art inspired by medication. You or someone you know may have experienced with an affliction that required a physician’s prescription. Share your art or clothing with medicated themes.
Now, to our winner…
What the artist said:
Acrylic on canvas (from my time series)
Someone once gave me a book on coping with chronic pain///LOL..didnt work
Children are one of the most inspirational things on this planet… they keep us going, teach us how to love purely, and help us find our lost inner child.
Happy Towel Day, everyone! We need to celebrate this very creative day with a couple of announcements: as we had previously shared with you, the six-word memoir is a force to be reckoned with. Nebsy knows all about this, and that’s why she was voted Six-Word Memoir challenge winner with this gem:
“Eat your cookie before it crumbles”.
Another six-word memoirs that was destined for greatness: “Suck it up Princess, Right now!” (Sonya Smith).
One of our latest challenges celebrated the life force present in H2O:
“Water is the symbol of life, purity, fertility, and wisdom, to name a few. Please enter submissions that show something in the water where the object clearly has a relationship with water itself”.
Ok, so we’ve been very busy with several challenges. In case you haven’t dropped by, ShadowDancer launched a writing challenge a few weeks ago:
The human face is an incredible thing. With just one look it can render one speechless, cause joy, spread feelings of unity, and cause our biological clock to tick. It’s an easy target for photographers, but for writers it takes some excellent pen-waxing to bring the image to mind.
sit by the window
a wistful feeling
my battered heart
still prepared to love
one day, I whisper
love will come my way
I have the time
to sit and wait
I sit by the window
and patiently pray
for One Day
As always, we urge you to pay more close attention to these featured artists’s galleries and… why not? Maybe purchase some of their art.
Our “Bring in the Heat” challenge brought in the best of the best when it comes to raw, hot emotions. Thanks to everyone that supported and entered the challenge.
Here are the remaining top ten pieces.