ORDINARY OBJECTS THAT LOOK LIKE THE POLAR ICE CAP

Alaska- Polar Well 1 WATERMARK

Marisa D. Aceves. Alaska: Polar Fishing Hole 1. digital photography. 2015.

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The dawn breaks as the sun bathes the tundra in soft golden light. A mysterious deep fishing hole enjoys the fellowship of its companions. The surrounding ice forms cubist sculpture eager men can explore. This is the place where the cycle begins. It’s hunting season.

This curious object was part of a Christmas gift my cousin Michael and his wife Krystina gave my mother some years ago. Its cube like texture reminded me of arctic scenes so I had to take a photograph. The natural lighting that was peeking through the blinds hit the top of the object at just the right angle.  Some careful cropping helped to enhance the illusion and strengthen the overall composition. What does this object remind you of?

LASERS AND LET-US (LETTUCE): MISTY FLOWER BED

MISTY FLOWER BED PURPLE L&L

Marisa D. Aceves. Lasers and Let-Us (Lettuce): Misty Flower Bed. digital photography

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Small purple flowers huddle together for comfort.  Colorful lights illuminate the garden.  Gently passing over delicate petals, they hover briefly in transcendent celebration.

I will continue to share my various conceptual nature series as well as other abstract artwork; be on the lookout.  Unfortunately, this last week and the week before I’ve been experiencing the most annoying, hair pulling, modem throwing connection problems.  I’m having great difficulty viewing the internet. Naturally, there has been a sizable lag in between my artwork posts. I kindly ask that you all bear with me. Despite this spirit crushing setback, I have confidence that our family will find a decent solution to this mess.  For now, this little grey mare (computer) is in remission. 😉

OBJECTS THAT LOOK LIKE ICE 2: FOURTH OF JULY DEDICATION

Marisa D. Aceves. Ice Dance: Color Oscillation 2. digital photography.

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Vibrant hues flow beneath the frozen, pebbled surface.  Each cell captures and fragments the unique color combinations it contains. A mysterious landscape is finally recovered, emerging from the depths of the unconscious mind.

This is the second picture taken from an object that I had posted earlier. It’s unusual, reflective texture was taken at a flooring store. I simply intensified the color, sharpened the overall image, and brought out its structure. Today is Independence day, so in honor of American Independence I decided to post a colorful photograph.  To all of my American readers, Happy Fourth of July!  To all of my international readers, have a wonderful, and art full weekend.

EVERYDAY OBJECTS THAT HAVE THE LOOK OF MOVING WATER 2

Marisa D. Aceves. Pineapple Composition: Fire. digital photography. 2015

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The turbulent, translucent surface boils vigorously. Odd shaped bubbles form into glass eyes rushing to gather the color beneath them. The scene is set for all of creation to sample this primordial color soup.

The object above holds particular significance because it was a gift from my sister Kathy.  After noticing the shape and texture of the object, she thought I could use it for my photography.  I took her advice and photographed two different versions.  One of the versions has cool, icy undertones; the other (the one featured above) has a warm fiery color scheme.  Different objects that surround us remind us of the elements, nature and the things for which we are familiar. Many people wait their whole lives for “big things” to happen so that they can appreciate them. When the “big things” are few and far between they get gloomy, and depressed. However, I believe that if we learn to see the beauty and fascination in the little things, not only do we develop an “attitude of gratitude”, but we learn to exist “positively”in the present moment. Part of gratefulness is not simply pretending that you are thankful, anyone can do that while still secretly deciding to be miserable. It is seeing the possibilities in the objects, people, plants, animals and situations that you encounter that lifts you out of the complacency and helplessness of these uncertain times.

Have a restful weekend and a great new week!

NEW Abstracted Landscapes: Rainscape Parking Lot Composition 1

Abstracted Parking Lot-Rainscape

Marisa D. Aceves. Rainscape Parking Lot Composition 1. Digital Photography. 2015.

Ominous grey clouds gather overhead. It begins to rain. Small round droplets position themselves strategically on the available glass windshield breaking up the dark parking lot across from the local Big Lots store. A large white truck hovers like a curious ghost, peering inside our car with it’s large dead eyes. I sit back slowly and reach into my purse. If I have to wait till the rain stops, I’ll take a picture, a permanent record of one of life’s frequent meditations.

It was raining one busy weekend.  My mother and I had stopped at a local Big Lots store to take advantage of one of their sales on large fabric containers.  We combed the store desperately trying to find the containers before it started to rain. In the first pass we missed the containers completely, but when we asked one of the sales clerks for help, she quickly pointed out their location. Unfortunately, the navy containers that my sister had asked for were not available.  We headed back to the car and my mother called my sister to let her know what colors were available. When my sister had made her decision, my mother headed back to the store.  I chose to stay behind and take this picture.

CHROMA BLAST ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY Series: Household Collectibles That Have The Look and Feel of Water

CHROMA BLAST- WELL DROP

Marisa D. Aceves CHROMA BLAST: Well drop. digital photography

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Another anxious droplet breaks the silent surface. Brilliant fuchsia, violet and tangerine erupt from its center as it radiates waves of energy. A small, imitation sun is born boldly and dies gracefully as the ripples settle.

My cousin, Stacey gave me these beautiful glass collectibles for Christmas.  I like them so much that I enjoy their beauty year round.  I placed the wire angel display for the ornaments in our office.  Occasionally, I will look away from the computer screen. My tired eyes will fall upon the angel and I will remember Stacey’s thoughtful gesture. So in honor of my cousin (After all, it’s her birthday today, so wish her a happy one!), I decided to post this on a Saturday, instead of my usual Sunday post! I sincerely hope that you all have a wonderful and restful weekend.

Furniture That Looks Like Exotic Landscapes

Abstract pic of Sofa

Marisa D. Aceves. Dune 1. digital photography. 2015

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Soft light gently caresses the weathered, wrinkled surface of this inspired desert landscape.  A new day begins.  The scratching, clicking, and chirping of unseen insects fills the air with natures latest symphony.

It was another one of those long, dreadfully boring evenings.  I grabbed my old college lamp with the adjustable accordion neck and attached it to the edge of the portable shelves.  Finally, we could settle down to read. Strong, warm light hit the surface of the furniture at just the perfect angle. A rolling desert landscape emerged. I lifted my phone camera up and tilted it so that the direct light would not obscure my view. Then, I took the shot. Some photos are just given, others require the occasional hunt or chase.

New Abstract Photography: Kitchen Supplies That Remind Us of Landscapes

Tinscape-Object 150

Marisa D. Aceves. Tinscape Object 150. digital photography.

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Shards of light dance excitedly on a fractured surface. The golden geometric mountain heaves and twists with each labored breath. Bits of bright poppy red and fushia explode like spring flowers as they bravely invade each shard of this well worn, knotty landscape. 

When I first noticed this object, I liked the way the light reflected off of its surface.  It seemed to gladly inherit the colors around it so that each shot had it’s own unique personality. Finally, I settled on this particular picture because I liked the warm color combination.  I felt the bright cheery color was as much a celebration of spring as it was an extraordinary exploration into something we are all familiar with, yet take for granted.

Kitchenware That Looks Like Sleek Monochromatic Abstract Design

Blue Equilibrium copy

Marisa D. Aceves. Blue Equilibrium. digital photography

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Small water droplets form upon the tinted, transparent surface. A rich blue-violet hue slowly fades in concentration as it travels upwards toward a semi-circular cloud of condensation. Two bold, brown and white figures sit in the upper middle of the composition, a curious clue to what lies behind the veil…

We had just finished our dinner. The object I photographed for this post sat right in front of me.  It had faithfully occupied the same space each evening of the week and yet I hadn’t considered capturing the qualities that made it unique and artistically valuable.  I like to imagine that it was patiently waiting there in plain sight for the time when I would see it from the right angle. Then resistance to it’s apparent charms would be futile.  There are 2 versions of this photograph.  In the version featured above, the color is more concentrated.  The other version, shown here, Blue Equilibrium-Dark copyis darker and the overall effect is more dramatic.  Which version do you prefer? I guess it all depends on your mood.

Styling Tools that look like Rhythmic Op Art: Abstract Photography-Obsidian Rhythm Composition 10

Obsidian Rhythm-Composition 10

Marisa D. Aceves. Obsidian Rhythm – Composition 10. digital photography

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As I gingerly opened my bathroom drawers, I noticed the plethora of specialized brushes, makeup wrappers, hair picks and other beauty paraphernalia.  The small drawers could barely hold years of accumulated styling tools.  I knew instantly that I had to engage in a little activity that none of us like to admit that we have to do, spring cleaning. Then, they jumped out at me.  They were small, black and had interesting ridges that were easy to notice when the light moved across their narrow surface. After taking several pictures with my phone camera, I realized that the results reminded me of many examples of 60’s Op art that I’d seen in heavy, college art books. The neutral black of the objects made it even easier to focus on the pronounced rhythms the lines formed.

It’s not always apparent which objects I should photograph. Sometimes I have to wait patiently until something speaks to me; then I have a visual conversation with the object I’ve chosen. In this particular case, the objects were small and thin. It took several to form the surface designs that would give this picture it’s defining quality.