New Abstract Photography That Reminds Us of Sea and Surf: Chroma Blast- Blue Crush Wave

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Marisa D. Aceves. Chroma Blast – Blue Crush Wave. digital photography

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 Several shards of light like tiny white arms push and stretch the blues and greens as they bend gracefully into a familiar curl. This isn’t the first wave nor is it the second, but it will have it’s time. Those brave enough to ride it will have spotted it immediately. They will see the waters subtle, seductive smile as she urges them to take the plunge. With hawk eyes, natural athleticism, and an unquenchable hunger for the unknown they will advance. Some will move cautiously; years of experience will have taught them when the time is right. Others will launch immediately, never considering the possible dangers they might face. With every atom of their bodies, held together with sound, they love the sport. It is, at it’s very essence who they are.

A couple of Christmases ago, my cousin Stacey had given me a pretty, decorative wire angel that was supposed to function as an alternative version of a tree. Several glass ornaments with simple, graphic patterns were included with the angel. Some were shaped like small droplets of water, others looked like spinning tops. The subtle patterns of light formed by the overlapping shapes resulted in some intriguing abstract photography. When taken out of their original context, some of the photos, like the one above, suddenly looked like familiar places and objects that many of us have seen or experienced.


Ordinary Objects That Look Like Curious Sea Creatures: Jellyfish 1

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Marisa D. Aceves. Jellyfish 1. digital photography. 

Soft perforated waves of fabric twist and turn as they gracefully emerge from the silent darkness that envelops them. Although this peculiar breed of creature can’t be found  in any of the vast bodies of water that populate the planet, it reminds us of the structure of life we might experience if we visited the oceans depths. High-contrast monochromatic treatment of this simple, widely used subject helps to enhance the illusion that we are somehow included in this rare discovery.

Earlier this week, I was busy looking for objects to photograph. I stumbled upon this object hanging out in the my bathroom with the towels, soaps, body washes, and countless styling tools.  At first I didn’t want to disturb it, especially since it’s undramatic, vanilla beige didn’t initially attract me.  However, I quickly changed my mind as I noticed the objects intriguing texture.  Since color was obviously not going to be the star of this photo, I chose to focus on line, shape and form. The decision to portray this object with black and white photography gives it a timeless, elegant feel.

NEW Abstracted Nature Florals: Old Rose- Abstract photographs of familiar flowers

Abstract Nature- Old Rose

Marisa D. Aceves. Abstracted Nature Florals: Old Rose. digital photography

Deep crimson petals slowly unfurl from the center of the small, delicate, drying flower.  Though the initial freshness of youth has gradually left this miracle valentine rose, she still retains the underlying structure that continues to draw us in and take our breath away. All it took was the proper lighting and close attention to detail that only a macro shot could provide.

My aunt Irma’s birthday was a day before Valentine’s Day and my uncle Jesse wanted to take her to a Valentine’s dinner at the military base. We attended the dinner along with my cousins Tanya and Michael, Michael’s wife Krystina, Irma’s sister Yolanda and her husband Cipriano. Before we left their home for the base, each of the women were given a single rose to pin to their blouses. When the event was over, my mother carefully removed her rose and gently placed it in a small medicine bottle filled with water. Occasionally, she would empty and refill the bottle to keep the tender rose from rotting. It lasted a week and a few days after my aunt’s birthday. By the time I had taken this picture, my mother’s rose had significantly dried, yet the majority of it’s petals remained intact.  You might say that with her extra care, it aged gracefully. I’d like to think that this photograph  represents the aging process of many of the great women we have all been fortunate enough to know throughout the years. While they may physically change as they mature, they still retain the inner beauty that makes them unforgettable.

New Abstract Photos That look like Space and Planet Earth COMING SOON: Fire Opal: Nebula


Marisa D. Aceves. Fire Opal: Nebula. digital photography

Somewhere out there in the midst of all your junk, Christmas gifts, Star Wars mini figurines, Comic Con paraphernalia, ugly sweaters from holiday parties past and rusting exercise equipment you’ll never use (even if it is the beginning of a new year) there’s a picture just waiting to be taken…….

I must admit, this has been a rough week folks, but not an uncreative one. I was able to steadily work towards finishing my abstract painting series as well as shoot the new/second addition of a series I put out last year.  In the second addition of  the Washing Stone Photo Series, I explore how ordinary objects around us can look like sections of the cosmos and parts of the planet Earth viewed from above. If you have a love of the weird and wonderful than please join me on yet another little abstract picture trip.

Until then. . . .  Have an awesome dance your pants off weekend and a productive new week.

New Abstracted Nature Series In The Works!

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Megastrobilus Seedscape: Mature Female. digital photo. Be sure to check out the rest of my photos at

Many times I swore I’d stay away from nature, but then the nature bug bit me and well…it was just too wonderfully beautiful and odd to resist

I’ve been feeling stressed and under the weather lately, so unfortunately there was no post Sunday.  Here I am again though, on a tough and tedious Monday trying like the dickens to share a small fruit of my labor.  I hope this photo finds a special place in your heart as we are all experiencing the best and worst of winter.

Tunnel Vision: Cutting Through Distraction To Get To The Source of Your Inspiration

Tunnel Vision: Cutting Through Distraction To Get To The Source of Your Inspiration

I decided to illustrate this article with a picture that I took of the center of a line of staples. It looks like a mysterious tunnel leading from a place of darkness to a place that is bright and clear. If we think of the tunnel as a metaphor for our artistic journey, we begin to realize that along the way to achieving our goals we will stumble, learn and grow. If we can see a clear vision for our art, the message we have chosen and keep focused on this, we feel like all of our temporary frustrations will eventually result in success. Sometimes, artist’s struggle with a clear and definite vision for their work. You can read countless art history books and magazines searching for other artist’s to both influence and inspire you. The search online for websites that feature hot up and comers who are presently making waves in the art world with their unique style is a constant and arduous one. Feelings of irritation arise as you struggle to define yourself and get a handle on the marketplace. You try to figure out where you fit in and who is looking to purchase the type of work that you are producing. While getting a degree in Art (a Bachelors in Fine Art or a Masters in Fine Art) has it’s advantages in that you are made aware that you need your own website, a bio (biographical information about the artist, your particular style of work and who influences you to create the work that you do), curriculum vitae (where and when you got your education, training etc.) and portfolio, it does not necessarily help you to decide what you are passionate about or what message you want to convey through your chosen medium. Unfortunately, this is often a solitary journey that you must take in order to find out who you are and what is important to you. Some people may have a mentor to help steer them in a certain direction during the early years of their career; however, this does not guarantee that they will stick with this message or genre. People may get many ideas, but not feel particularly tied to any of them or they may have significant success in painting or photographing landscapes, floral, or figurative work then find out mid career they are bored and want to move on, but they don’t know where they want to take their work or what they want to do. These kinds of experiences can wear at your creative spark leaving you feeling directionless. Although the shot gun approach never works for anyone, you shouldn’t have to corral yourself to the point of being limited by perceived or self enforced limitations. If you ever get to this point and some of us inevitably will, consider some of these suggestions to help you out of your creative situation. In formulating your own unique vision, it is necessary to discover who you are at this point in your life…:

1. Make a List –
Try making a rough list (hint: don’t edit yourself) of all of the things that you like and don’t like. If you are incredibly patient, write this down in your list; if your are impatient and bore easily, make sure to take note of that. It is necessary that you discover your true creative personality because this will eventually determine which style is best for you to work in.

2. Look at other artist’s that you admire and that have inspired you recently-
What is it that you like about their art?
Why does their particular style or subject matter appeal to you? What inspires them to create their individual brand of work? What are they trying to say with their work? Is this the type of work you might aspire to? Ask yourself why?

3. Take an honest look at the causes you are involved in as a source of subject matter or inspiration for your work-
For example, maybe you like to contribute you time to an animal shelter and would like to help find people to adopt stray animals. You could use this as a reason for producing expressionist portraits of the animals that need homes. Perhaps you contribute your time to helping the elderly or homeless and would like to make paintings, sculpture, photography, etc that addresses these issues.

4. Do research into specific schools of painting, drawing, sculpture,or photography-
Perhaps a certain philosophy or style appeals to you and you believe you can expand on that.

It is important to know why you create the art that you create because then you can set your own artistic goals around this information as well as tailor you style to the overall feeling that you are trying to convey in your work.

I hope that this helps you in your creative endeavors. If you have any ideas or suggestions about how to help others or how to give them direction in this area please feel free to comment.

Stop Fighting Your Art and Your Art Won’t Fight You! :) Wrestling With Your Art – Advice on Inspiration and Art Making Frustration

 Stop Fighting Your Art and Your Art Won't Fight You! :) Wrestling With Your Art - Advice on Inspiration and Art Making Frustration

When we are searching for that one object to photograph, that one object that will give us a small slice of momentary joy upon it’s discovery, we often forget about the places most overlooked in our home, at the local store, or perhaps in our neighborhood. So it was when I stumbled upon this small object. I had photographed it several times before, but I never really felt that I truly captured it’s hidden beauty. Then, upon the upteenth examination, a watery aerial scene with small land masses emerged. Parts of the teal surface of the object shimmered, bubbled and folded like the ocean; it was at that moment that I knew I had to take a shot.
Inspiration, although welcomed with open arms, does not always come easily. I remember earlier in the week having a conversation with my mother about being frustrated with my paintings and how the constant problem solving and correcting of the images I was working on caused me so much stress that I almost didn’t want to paint. She gave me some very good advice. She told me that constant stressing about your work and project deadlines is a creativity killer. Before I had significantly reached the point of extreme exasperation, I should just put the work aside and start on something else I had planned to do earlier in the week that is either related to my art (composing a new post, working on another project, market research etc.), or non-related (mundane household chores, etc). In this way, I could come back to what I had previously been working on refreshed and mentally ready to approach and solve the problems that I had in my work. Wise woman. Sometimes, mothers really do know what is best! On a similar note, it is when we “sweat the small stuff” hem, haw and worry about what other’s think, that we lose the childlike joy we once had when we approached our art making. Art shouldn’t become a chore; it is one of many ways that we use to express ourselves and share our experiences and point of view with others. When art is a chore it becomes painful. However, this difficult experience has a beautiful lesson for us, because it helps us to reevaluate why we create art. What are your reasons for creating art? What inspires you? What causes you frustration and hampers creativity? What are some ways you might plan to resolve this issue? Please feel free to share thoughts, ideas and experiences! I’d love to hear from you.

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