145 Photos - Apr 5, 2012
Photo: Abstract Art 4.1
This album is for my Spider Monkey who turned 4 yesterday.

"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential." {Kandinsky}

#abstractarteveryday #abstractartPhoto: Abstract Art 4.2 #abstractarteveryday #abstractart 

"I applied streaks and blobs of colors onto the canvas with a palette knife, and I made them sing with all the intensity I could..." {Kandinsky}Photo: Abstract 4.3 #abstractarteveryday #abstractart 

“The artist must be blind to distinction between 'recognized' or 'unrecognized' conventions of form, deaf to the transitory teaching and demands of his particular age.” {Kandinsky, Concerning the Spiritual in Art}Photo: Abstract 4.4 #abstractarteveryday #abstractart 

"It should not be forgotten that art is not a science where the latest 'correct' theory declares the old to be false and erases it." {Kandinsky}Photo: Abstract Art 4.5 #abstractarteveryday #abstractart 

“The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.” - PollockPhoto: Abstract 4.6 #abstractarteveryday #abstractart 

"Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul - and you answer."
{Terri Guillemets}Photo: Abstract Art 4.7 For #breakfastartclub by +Charles Lupica 
#abstractarteveryday #abstractart 

"Each moment is a place
you've never been."
{Mark Strand}Photo: Abstract 4.8 #abstractarteveryday #abstractart 

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
{Ansel Adams}Photo: Abstract Art 4.9
#abstractarteveryday #abstract 

For +Breakfast Art Club by +Charles Lupica 

"To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage."
{Georgia O'Keeffe}Photo: Abstract Art 4.12
#abstractarteveryday #abstractart 
For #breakfastartclub +Breakfast Art Club by +Charles Lupica 

“Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.”
{Georgia O'Keeffe, Georgia O'Keeffe}Photo: Abstract Art 4.14

For #breakfastartclub +Breakfast Club by +Charles Lupica 

"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."
{Oscar Wilde}Photo: Abstract Art 4.14

For #abstractartmonday +AbstractArtMonday by +Marilyn Fenn and moi.

“Each day has a color, a smell.” 
{Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices}Photo: Abstract Art 4.16

For #breafastartclub +Breakfast Club by +Charles Lupica 

"Everything starts from a dot."
{Kandinsky}Photo: Abstract Art 4.14
#abstractart #abstractarteveryday 

"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together."
{John Ruskin}Photo: Abstract Art 4.15
#abstractarteveryday #abstractart 

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." {Hans Hofmann}Photo: Abstract Art 4.16

“Laugh often,
Dream big,
Reach for the stars!”Photo: Abstract Art 4.19

For #unsharpsaturday +Unsharp Saturday by +Nathan Beaulne 

"What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit."
{John Updike}Photo: Abstract Art 4.20

My First for #stilllifesaturday +Still Life Saturday by +Keneth Hoyle and +Sherri Meyer 

A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on). {Wiki}Photo: Abstract Art 4.21

For #soocsunday +SOOC Sunday by +John Kosmopoulos and +Jen Baptist 
For #yisforyellow +YisforYellow by +Lucille Galleli 

'Cause it's you and me and all of the people with nothing to do
Nothing to prove
And it's you and me and all other people
And I don't know why, I can't keep my eyes off of you
{Lifehouse - You And Me}Photo: Abstract Art 4.

For #abstractartmonday +AbstractArtMonday by +Marilyn Fenn and moi
For #ministractmonday +Ministract Monday by +Tom McLaughlan 

"It [abstract art] should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed – after a while you may like it or you may not." {Jackson Pollock}Photo: Abstract Art 4.

For #breakfastartclub +Breakfast Art Club by +Charles Lupica 
For #colorsonfriday +ColorsOnFriday by +E.E. Giorgi , +Gilmar Smith , +Christina Lihani and +Erin Henderson 

"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life." {William Faulkner}Photo: Abstract Art 4

"With abstract art I can create in the moment. No preconceived ideas. I just put some color on the canvas and keep going."
{Peggy Guichu}Photo: Abstract Art 4

For #soocsunday +SOOC Sunday by +John Kosmopoulos and +Jen Baptist 
For #allthingsorange +AllThingsOrange by +Nina Piccoli , +Kenneth Williams and +Lauren Kelly 

"Don't try to recreate something you've done before. Challenge yourself constantly." {Suzanne Partridge}Photo: Asbtract Art 4.

For #abstractartmonday +AbstractArtMonday by +Marilyn Fenn and moi.
For #ministractmonday +Ministract Monday by +Tom McLaughlan 

"I expect of abstraction as much as what imagery does for me... to carry meaning." {Kay WalkingStick}Photo: Abstract Art 4.

"Colors speak all languages." {Joseph Addison}*Photo: Art for 4J4

For #vibrantwednesday #vividwednesday +VividWednesday by +Ajay Hatti 

"I have always wanted my colours to sing."
{Paul Delvaux}Photo: Blur + Abstract = Blurstract? 

"What works for one artist doesn't necessarily work for another - try anything and everything and go with what works for you." {Paul Dixon}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Colors pursue me like a constant worry. They even worry me in my sleep." 
{Claude Monet}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"We live in a rainbow of chaos."
{Paul Cezanne}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Abstract art requires something of the viewer. It demands contemplation. Study. Flights of fancy. Feeling." {Svante Rydberg}

For #ministractmonday +Ministract Monday by +Tom McLaughlanPhoto: Blurstract for 4J4

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."
{Ellen Parr}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Creativity is not and never has been sensible."
{Julia Cameron}Photo: Blurstract for 4J4

"Bright colours or dark ones, sparkling clarity or misty atmosphere, landscape, still life, portrait - I haven't met a subject, style or mood yet that can't be portrayed beautifully in pastel." {Dave Beckett}Photo: Blurstract for 4J4

"The challenge for the artist is to persevere whether or not recognition is forthcoming." {Alice Rich}

For #ministractmonday +Ministract Monday by +Tom McLaughlanPhoto: Blurstract for 4J4

"A person might be able to play without being creative, but he sure can't be creative without playing." {Kurt Hanks}

For #treetuesday +Tree Tuesday by Christina LawriePhoto: Blurstract for 4J4

"Creative work is play. It is free speculation using materials of one's chosen form." {Stephen Nachmanovitch}

For #fromthecartuesday +J. Rae ChiperaPhoto: Blurstract for 4J4

"There are philosophies as varied as the flowers of the field, and some of them weeds and a few of them poisonous weeds."Photo: Blurstract for 4J4

"I didn't become an impressionist. As long as I can remember I always have been one." {Claude Monet}Photo: Blurstract for 4J4 (366 Project)

"So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." {Author Unknown}

For #unsharpsaturday +Unsharp Saturday by +Nathan BeaulnePhoto: Blurstract for 4J4 (366 Project)

“To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.” 
{Georgia O'Keeffe}

My first for +PaintIt Saturday #paintitsaturday by +Alexius Jørgensen and +Mehdia Ridder . (Thanks for the heads up!) :)

For +ColorsOnFriday #colorsonfriday curated by +E.E. Giorgi , +Gilmar Smith , +Christina Lihani and +Erin HendersonPhoto: Blurstract for 4J4 (366 Project)

"Find a way to express what moves you."
{Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi}

For #soocsunday +SOOC Sunday by +John Kosmopoulos 
For #squaresunday by +Matt SoavePhoto: Blurstract for 4J4 (366 Project)

-on Monet...
There is always a delightful sense of movement, vibration and life.
{Theodore Robinson}

For #ministractmonday +Ministract Monday by +Tom McLaughlanPhoto: Blurstract for 4J4 (366 Project)

"Colour is fun, colour is just plain gorgeous, a gourmet meal for the eye, the window of the soul." {Rachel Wolf}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366 Project)

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." {Betty Smith}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366 Project)

I'm gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone
To lighten up (I'm gonna tell 'em that)
I've got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I'm looking up o I'm gonna soak up the sun
I'm gonna soak up the sun
{Sheryl Crow, Soak Up The Sun}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366 Project)

"An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, a prisoner of manner, a prisoner of reputation, or a prisoner of success." {Henri Matisse}

For #unsharpsaturday by +Nathan Beaulne +Unsharp Saturday .Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"When you flow like water you bring all of your talents and resources to your creative work... Flow around every obstacle you encounter, including any you've erected yourself." {Eric Maisel}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"There is a logic of colours, and it is with this alone, and not with the logic of the brain, that the painter should conform." {Paul Cezanne}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

“Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment." {Elliott Erwitt}

For #yisforyellow +YisforYellow by +Lucille GalleliPhoto: Blurstract 4J4 (366 Series)

"Play is our brain's favorite way of learning."
{Diane Ackerman - Contemporary American author}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366 Series)

Pink is the color of a warm embrace,
a kiss from Grandma,
a baby’s face.
A wash of color on a sunset sky,
a flush of fever,
a happy sigh.
A cozy cuddle on a cool afternoon,
fragrant blossoms,
a song-bird’s tune.
Pink is all puffy and happy and proud,
bright as the sun,
soft as a cloud.
{Joyce Sidman}

For #colorsonfriday  +ColorsOnFriday by +E.E. Giorgi , +Gilmar Smith , +Erin Henderson And +Christina Lihani Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366 Series)

"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends." 
{Kozuko Okakura}

For #unsharpsaturday  +Unsharp Saturday by +Nathan Beaulne   Photo: Blurstract 4J4

I'll reach out my hand to you
I'll have faith in all you do
Just call my name and I'll be there
{I'll Be There, Jackson 5 - 1970}

#soocsunday  . +SOOC Sunday curated by Jen Baptist and John Kosmopoulos.Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Art, at its best, is the representation of your very own soul, a reminder of who and what you truly are and therefore can become." {Ken Wilber}

For #ministractmonday  by +Tom McLaughlan . +Ministract Monday Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Above all keep your colours fresh!" {Edouard Manet}

For #vibrantwednesday  for +Ajay Hatti .Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"To wake the soul by tender strokes of art."
{Alexander Pope}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366 Project)

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” 
{Albert Schweitzer}

This is for all the wonderful and talented people that I have "met" here. Whose work continues to inspire me on a regular basis. And whose words continues to encourage not only myself but others as well. Grateful. Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366 Project)
4.58 (SOOC)

"All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination?" {Carl Jung}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366)

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” {Dr. Seuss}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 {366}

"What the soul cries out for is the resurrection of the senses. Even in this life, matter would be nothing to us if it were not the source of sensations."
{C. S. Lewis}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Don't let anyone steal your dream. It's your dream, not theirs."
{Dan Zadra}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366)

"Art comes from everywhere. It's your response to your surroundings."
{Damien Hirst}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366)

Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days!
Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways. 
{William Butler Yeats}

This is our rose bushe's first bloom. And the prettiest one.Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Colours are brighter when the mind is open." {Adriana Alarcon}

Late contribution to #colorsonfriday  . +ColorsOnFriday by +E.E. Giorgi , +Christina Lihani , +Erin Henderson and +Gilmar Smith Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"To take photographs means to recognize - simultaneously and within a fraction of a second - both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis." {Henri Cartier-Bresson}

For #macromonday  by +Jennifer Eden , +Kerry Murphy and +Kelli Seeger Kim Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366)

"You learn to see by practice. It's just like playing tennis, you get better the more you play. The more you look around at things, the more you see. The more you photograph, the more you realize what can be photographed and what can't be photographed. You just have to keep doing it." {Eliot Porter}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366)

“Buttercups and daisies, Oh, the pretty flowers; Coming ere the Springtime, To tell of sunny hours.”  {Mary Howitt}

For #yisforyellow  . +YisforYellow by +Lucille Galleli . Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (366)

"The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box." {Henri Cartier Bresson}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.”
{Oscar Wilde}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (60/366)

Narrowleaf blue-eyed grass, Narrow-leaf blue-eyed-grass, Bermuda blue-eyed grass, Blue-eyed grass

The numerous, narrow, light-green leaves of this perennial form dense, tufted clumps which steadily grow with new foliage during the season. The flattened, leaf-like flowering stems may be up to 18 in. long and bear light-blue, star-shaped flowers a few inches above the leaves. Height is 1-1 1/2 ft. Several delicate, blue or deep blue-violet flowers with yellow centers in 2 broad bracts top a flat stem, generally only 1 flower at a time in bloom; stems taller than the clusters of narrow, sword-shaped leaves near base.

Although the plant is small and has grass-like leaves, the flowers have all the features of the Iris family. The various species are all much alike and separation is based on such characteristics as branching pattern and leaf length. Common Blue-eyed Grass (S. montanum) is also a widespread species, with slightly wider leaves, over 1/4 (6 mm), and unbranched stalks. {wildflowerorg}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (51/366)

"Amost all words do have color and nothing is more pleasant than to utter a pink word and see someone's eyes light up and know it is a pink word for him or her too." {Gladys Taber}

For #curvyfriday  by +lorena masi and +Peter From .
+Curvy Friday Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (52/366)

"There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
{Anais Nin}    Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (52/366)

For the #abcproject  by +Levi Moore 

I took the obvious route. So here is Y for Yellow. (SOOC)Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (53/366)

"There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation." {Henri Bergson}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (54/366)

"Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be."  {Joy Page}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (55/366)

"None can have a healthy love for flowers unless he loves the wild ones." 
{Forbes Watson}

For #allthingsgreen  by +Cicely Robin Laing . +All Things Green 
For #yisforyellow  by +Lucille Galleli . +YisforYellow Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (56/366)

"You do not need to know anything about a plant to know that it is beautiful." 
{Montagu Don}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (57/366)

"One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photo out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photo out of focus are a style." {Unknown}

Still experimenting... ;)Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"If you are not passionately devoted to an idea, you can make very pleasant pictures but they won't make you cry." {Ruth Bernhard}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (59/366)

I had a very long and stressful day today. And I'm glad that the day is over (kind of). We are all home now. Everyone is safe. I know I'm posting more than the usual, it's just that shooting, editing and posting relaxes me. So please bear with me if I flood your stream with my images.

Inspired by my Bokeh Dream I. This is Bokeh Dream II.
Hope you will like it too. Thanks so much.Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (60/366)

All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.
{J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (61/366)

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." {Orson Welles}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (62/366)

“Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!” {Amanda Bradley}

Wishing everyone a Fantastic Weekend!Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (65/366)

"Art demands constant observation." {Vincent van Gogh}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (66/366)

"You've got to put in a certain amount of time...otherwise you're just taking snapshots for the camera." {W. P. Weston}

Need to keep shooting...Keep practicing...Keep growing...Keep improving...And stay humble and teachable.Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (67/366)

This series is very dear to me. Some of you who have been on this journey with me from the very beginning know why I'm doing it. I thank each and everyone of you for all your support, through kind words and pluses. And to my G+ friends who are new to this series, I welcome all of you. And thank you for joining me on this blurry, abstract, colourful learning journey. Having wonderful people to share this important series with makes it all worth while. Grateful!

Wishing everyone a Fabulous Wednesday!  It's mid-week! YAY!Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (68/366)

"Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go."
{Louise Driscoll}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (69/366)

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.”
{Ansel Adams}

Wise words from the great Ansel Adams. He got it right, for sure. A good reminder.Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (70/366)

In my fantasy world drops come in different sizes, shapes and colours. 
Here are my dancing purple drops...Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (71/366)

"In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire."
{Ralph Waldo Emerson}

Dream. Create. Inspire.Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (72/366)

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” 
{C.G. Jung}

For #yisforyellow  . +YisforYellow by +Lucille Galleli Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (73/366)

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
{Stephen Grellet}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (74/366)

"Plant flowers in others' gardens and your life becomes a bouquet!"
{Author Unknown}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (75/366)

"You've got to get up every morning with determination if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction." {George Lorimer}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (76/366)

Yellow Susans Bright and lovely
Make my day warm and fuzzy 

Wishing everyone a Gorgeous Weekend! :D

For #yisforyellow  . +YisforYellow by +Lucille Galleli Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (77/366)

“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”  {Marc Chagall}

Wishing everyone a marvelous week!Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (78/366)

"When I stay in the present the inner critic disappears."
{Susan Geddes}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (79/366)

Gentle poet with words so soft
whispered in breezes warm
caress my mind and soothe me now
I glory in your studied charm
{M. Kari Barr, Gentle Poet}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (80/366)

Why are there so many
Songs about rainbows?
And what's on the other side
Rainbows are visions
But only illusions
And rainbows have nothing to hide
So we've been told
And some choose to believe it
I know they're wrong wait and see
Someday we'll find it
The rainbow connection
The lovers, the dreamers and me...
{Paul Williams, Rainbow Connection}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (100/366)

"Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive." {Bettie Eadie}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (82/366)

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." {Brad Henry}

This is for all the good teachers that I have met here. You guys/gals continue to inspire me through your works, your kind words and how you treat others. Thank you for the inspiration.Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (102/366)

"We get used to a certain kind of color of form or format, and it's acceptable. And to puncture that is sticking your neck out a bit. And then pretty soon, that's very acceptable." {Lee Krasner}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (103/366)

"It has happened more than once that a composition has come to me, ready-made as it were, between the demands of other work."
{Amy Beach}

For #minimalmonday  by +Olivier Du Tré 
For #ministractmonday  . +Ministract Monday by +Tom McLaughlan . Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (104/366)

“No matter how hard you work for success if your thought is saturated with the fear of failure, it will kill your efforts, neutralize your endeavors and make success impossible.” { Baudjuin}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (105/366)

Interstate Dream. On our way home from the Jets Training Camp.
Sometimes a long and bumpy ride can be quite fun and inspiring.Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (106/366)

"O, what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!"
{Sir Walter Scott }Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (107/366)

"To create one's own world, in any of the arts, takes courage."
{Georgia O'Keeffe}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"One day I am satisfied, the next day I find it all bad; still I hope that some day I will find some of them good..." {Claude Monet}

Wishing everyone a Wonderful and Colourful Weekend! :DPhoto: Blurstract 4J4 (109/366)

"Colour is uncontainable. It effortlessly reveals the limits of language and evades our best attempts to impose a rational order on it... To work with colour is to become acutely aware of the insufficiency of language and theory – which is both disturbing and pleasurable."
{David Batchelor}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Creators of any kind must find their voice...the tone, style, tenor, pitch, personality we use to express ourselves. Our voice is our essence, writ plain for the world to see." {Leo Babauta}

For Pretty in Pink's +Dani Andersen . :DPhoto: Blurstract for 4J4

"Where is fantasy bred, in the heart or in the head?"
{Willy Wonka}

For the un-official #ratsview  by the un-official curator +Thorn Button . Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (112/366)

"I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." {Dr. Seuss}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

“Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power - a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment.” {Marsha Sinetar}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (114/366)

"If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere."
{Frank Howard Clark}

Drive by night time shot. Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (115/366)

"What is right for one soul may not be right for another. It may mean having to stand on your own and do something strange in the eyes of others."
{Eileen Caddy}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (116/366)

"Creativity isn't magic. It's achievable."
{Nita Leland}Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (117/366)

"Above all keep your colours fresh!"
{Edouard Manet}

Wishing everyone a colourful day! (>‿♥) Photo: Drops Blurstract 4J4

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." 
{Albert Camus}

A birthday shout out to +Sarah Hribar! 
 May your birthday be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter, love, and cheer.Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (Drops)

"Commit yourself to constant improvement. Commit yourself to quality. Be persistent, persistent, persistent... and have a grateful heart!"
{H. Jackson Brown, Jr.}

..not quite there yet but working on it.Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"The ideal is to foster not isolation, but connectedness. Art of any kind must affirm human values." {Brett Busang}

Shout out to +Jennifer Eden . Happy Birthday!!! (>‿♥) Photo: Blurstract 4J4 (Drops) 121/366

"It is an enormous satisfaction to be doing something that you really like doing, and it is also a way of recharging my batteries."
{Queen Margrethe II}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

Colors of Fall

Drive by shot. Somewhere in I-90. Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Art, to me, is the interpretation of the impression which nature makes upon the eye and brain." {Childe Hassam}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn."
{Elizabeth Lawrence}

Drive by going south. I-90Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward." {Fridtjof Nansen}

Life in Motion.Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"I've done what I could as a painter and that seems to me to be sufficient. I don't want to be compared to the great masters of the past, and my painting is open to criticism; that's enough." {Claude Monet}

Ode to ClaudePhoto: Blurstract 4J4

"The chief function of color should be to serve expression."
{Henri Matisse}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding." {Sir Francis Bacon}

#bokehtuesday  . +Bokeh Tuesday . Photo: Blurstract 4J4

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
{Claude Monet}

For #floralfriday  . +FloralFriday by
Tamara Pruessner. Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it"
{Ralph Waldo Emerson}

Happy Monday Everybody! (>‿♥) Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not." 
{William Wordsworth}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

You belong among the wildflowers,
You belong somewhere close to me.
Far away from your trouble and worries
You belong somewhere you feel free.
{Tom Petty, Wildflowers}

Pretty, Wild and FreePhoto: Blurstract 4J4

"The flower is the poetry of reproduction.  It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life."  {Jean Giraudoux}

Fall bloomPhoto: Blurstract 4J4

"Because we doodle without thinking our doodles can be very revealing – like Freudian slips or body language that we are not aware of." {Unknown}

Nikki's Doodles

Yep, my camera is a girl and her name is Nikki. And when she is in the mood she likes to doodle. v(.)^Photo: Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Listen to the trees as they sway in the wind.

Their leaves are telling secrets. Their bark sings songs of olden days as it grows around the trunks. And their roots give names to all things.

Their language has been lost.

But not the gestures."
{Vera Nazarian}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love..."
{Alfred Sisley}

Soft SpotPhoto: Blurstract for 4J4

"Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference: beauty demands to be noticed; it speaks to us directly like the voice of an intimate friend. If there are people who are indifferent to beauty, then it is surely because they do not perceive it." 
{Roger Scruton}

Encased beauty

Good mowning/pm Google Pals! I wish everyone a good day!Photo: Blurstract 4J4

*"Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one."*{Stella Adler}

Shout out to +john primatesta! A very Happy Birthday to you!Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." {Twyla Tharp}

The day I ran away...Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson."
{Anthony Robbins}Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"There is no definition of beauty, but when you can see someone's spirit coming through, something unexplainable, that's beautiful to me."
{Liv Tyler}

Shout out to the Beautiful and talented +Robin Griggs Wood
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ms. Robin!Photo: Blurstract 4J4

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” 
{Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit}

Good mowning Beautiful G  world! Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"Write in your heart that every day is the best day of the year."
{Ralph Waldo Emerson}

Wishing everyone a good weekend!Photo: Blurstract 4J4

"See your surroundings with fresh eyes…the best way to find yourself is to discover where you are." {Unknown}