Head to Toes

listening to the scratch band

Sittin' in the sun -- 2010

People can be interesting from all angles. I was listening to a scratch band playing at a benefit in the forest when the man in front of me removed his hat. The graphic image created by his orange shirt and glistening scalp totally distracted me from my intended goal of getting some images of the musicians.

A similar thing happened with the dancing woman in the image below, whose billowing skirt and shuffling feet as she danced near the curb distracted me from my intended subject. These images illustrate how “distractions” can turn out to be serendipitous — and why it is important sometimes to disable one’s left-brain focus in order to allow the right-brain to take over.

dancing feet in Frederiksted

Dancing Feet -- 2010

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14 Comments on “Head to Toes

  1. so true. the accidental discovery of what happens by chance is not so accidental when you see the visual field of the world with an eye alive to its messages. i think the word focus is important here, for two main reasons. you have to be flexible with focus and allow the art to nuance itself into experience, and you have to be quick to capture it before it disappears. both are done beautifully here. nice abstract narrative quality, too. the colors, the shapes, the compositions. great interplay within each and together!

  2. Thanks, tipota! I seem to need to learn this lesson over and over again… to be open to the unexpected and yet be able to make something of it. In some ways I think it is related to the eastern concept of mindfulness.

    razzbuffnik, this is close to one of your your favorite color combinations, too, I think. I agree that the yellow curb provides counterpoint to the billowing skirt. Thanks!

  3. I can see how “Sittin in the Sun” could be so mesmerizing. I can’t stop looking at the roundness and the vivid orange. Almost as if the head is a communication device to another world somewhere 🙂 And the touch of blue another eye grabber. Dancing feet has that great energy. Movement is so dominant..one could also sense a strong wind, and the woman brabbing her hat on a blustery summer day.
    I agree that sometimes we get so caught up in what we want to portray or say that we miss the wonderful images going on around us. I like what Tipota says…that you have to be quick to capture it before it disappears.

  4. Thanks, Catherine! “A communication device to another world” makes me laugh. I can see why you say that. Maybe we should all use our heads that way! It’s those fleeting images of “another world” that are sometimes the best, or at least the spark that makes something special.

  5. I’m looking at your art for the first time today, having surfed over via Bonnie Luria’s blog, and like what I see. I’m also a digital artist, but my style is very different from yours, and this attracts me as well as the images themselves. I noted in your ‘about me’ page that you’re trying to gain acceptance as a digital artist. It’s hard, isn’t it, to get people who are used to so-called ‘real life’ media to accept this form on equal terms? To my mind, people associate digital with using presets, something straight out of the box that anyone at all can use, when in fact digital art can be as difficult and frustrating, wonderful and explorative as the subject matter.

    I love the lower image, the legs and feet certainly, but the fabric particularly. I’ve always been drawn to people’s clothes as much as to the people themselves… the fabric changes like a sky full of clouds and is engrossing in its variations.

    Yes, it’s important to keep ones senses open. You’re obviously living in a place that helps that. I am too, but am often too glued to the computer to immerse myself.

  6. I really like both of these Don and for different reasons. The lines in the bottom Dancing Feet just move the eye around from feet to shadow to curb and round again.
    And after reading Catherines’ comment on the gentlemans’ head looking like some form of ” communication device ” it’s hard to think of anything else to say about it!

    You may be on your way to thinking you’re looking for something but isn’t it John Lennons’ lyric that reminds us that ” life is what happens to us while we’re busy making other plans “?
    Heads to Toes is what happened to you, and then to us while you were busy making other photographic plans.

  7. absurdoldbird – Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! Glad you enjoyed some of my work. Yes, digital art is sometimes not well accepted, and that can be frustrating. Many days I too spend more time than I would like in front of the computer. That seems to be an occupational hazard, and I’ve talked with others iterested in art and photography who steer away from digital media for just that reason. Thanks again!

  8. Hi Bonnie! Nice that you like these…Thanks! They are sort of tiny excerpts abstracted from life. Of course the man’s head really is a communication device don’t you think? John Lennon it was; thanks for reminding me. And welcome back!

  9. These are beautiful artistic pictures I love them both.. You found treasure here mate

  10. I’m all right brain, except for when I try to weasel out of something.

    It’s all head, shoulders, knees, and toes … somedays.

  11. souldose – Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind comment. My very best wishes to you!

    planetross – That left brain is good for something! Weaseling can be damned important. Thanks!

  12. Nice “distractions” Don! I don’t know how many paintings I have done from something in the background of a reference image I have taken and didn’t even know was there until I got it downloaded and zoomed in on it.

    “Sittin in the Sun” It’s that touch of blue with the orange….compliments…..that gives it the spark….

    “Dancing Feet” The cast shadow and yellow curb….excellent!

  13. Thanks Robin! Sometimes it’s the distractions that matter! That blue cord (and the yellow curb) really sets the rest of the images off, don’t they?

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