This was a photograph of a beautiful sculpture I captured sometime ago. Or was it on that last fateful visit? Sitting on our Mother’s piano, I always admired this piece.
Oh brother, why did you leave me? You were too young, too vibrant and your bucket list was still way too long.
That ‘C’ word is one that we tend to whisper. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Then how could I create an image like this you might ask?
Well, this certainly was not my intention.  I wanted something light, something cheery. Somehow during the silence of creative meditation, a new life, a new meaning, a new mood was born.
Maybe it is something deep within me (no not as passionate as this image).  My brother was always my protector, my guardian, my rescuer. The person I looked up to and admired.
He ensured my childhood in Europe was the best it could be under some very difficult circumstances.

“The love that you receive is equal to the love you give… And for those rare souls who give with no thought of receipt… only they are worthy of the eternal love;
the force that breaks bonds of brotherhood, that transcends the vagaries of pride and ego, a binding of souls that endures across the Ages”
Tyrphosa, Priestess of Aphrodite”


Lately I’ve been attracted to the square image once again. To me it reflects simplicity and minimalism. We know that Square format cameras have been around a long time. The first one was introduced by Rollei way back in 1929.
The square format seems to have gone in and out of fashion over the decades – and there’s no doubt there is a resurgence in popularity once again.

I think of the square format as the fine art photographer’s format. Here are some more reasons that I like the square format:

  • My approach to composition has changed. Shapes become more prominent, there is little wasted space and the balance between the elements changes.
  • The subject of composition within the square format is so interesting and you can toss the rules of thirds out.
  • There’s something magical about the combination of black and white in the square format. Though I have not posted any of these at the moment.
  • The square is very suitable for subjects like portraits, the nude, landscape, still life, architecture, details and abstracts. These are all artistic subjects, and they all work well in black and white – which is perhaps why the square format is popular with fine art photographers.
  • It’s fun. I enjoy going through my old images and seeing which ones can be improved by cropping to the square format regularly.
  • Unlike a rectangle, a square image has a natural sense of balance. A square is a very solid shape, especially compared to an upright rectangle.
  • The strength of the square format is due to the fact that you use the space within the frame well. Leaving much room for experimentation.
    You are not restricted by the rules and can place the subject in various positions within the frame.

The morning quiet with just the whispering sounds as a new day dawns.
The bird songs start slowly, building up to a crescendo.
As you turn, there are rustles in the grasses and reeds.  Unsure of what is about to greet you, you hold your breath.
Dawn is such a magical time of day that we must give thanks.
So my promise to myself is this.  Arise earlier and be out there with mother nature.
As we know, before too long, the tropical heat of the day becomes draining  and the magic of those cool moments are just a faint memory.
My Feathered Friends

  • Tracey Tilson - September 29, 2015 - 6:36 AM

    Oh what a lovely image this is, Ingrid! I love the tones and textures! Hope you are doing well, dear friend! xoxoReplyCancel

    • Perfectoarts - October 21, 2015 - 4:56 PM

      Hello stranger. How lovely to hear from you. All is well with us as I hope it is with you. As you can see, my photographic journey is continuing and now including some art. How very gratifying and of course time consuming. But heck, who wants to do housework all the time!ReplyCancel

It was such joy to paint, be loose and free. This particular painting was coming along nicely.
After a bit, I walked away. Only to return and thought…oh I must fix up that right top corner. Yes, you guessed it. Sheer disaster! The looseness, the spontaneity of the painting was gone…for good. Darn, will I ever learn?

butterflies and fish

Then with sheer frustration I grabbed old credit cards, blotched paint here and there. Continued this way, splat here, splat there, dragging the card across the canvass. Then this painting came back gradually in a possible saved piece of artwork. I was in haste, this was to be completed to go into a Regional Art Gallery exhibition. Phew…I made it.

woven fish

Definitely was not the look I was after, but had to do.  Now to the upside of this story…this painting took out an acquisitive award and gave me a lovely sum of $2K.  Of course I was smiling, but secretly, I still love my very first painting and so thankful that I even had the notion to photograph the work in progress.

  • Yvonne - September 20, 2015 - 3:57 PM

    Yes Ingrid, I agree the original image was looser and softer but in the end you had a great outcome so who’s say which was the better?ReplyCancel

It was such a pleasure and relaxation to creative edit and put my own stamp with this old image I took sometime ago in Brisbane.
It was a most beautiful florist shop and the lady was kind enough and permitted me to photograph.  Not that much generosity about these days.

Tulips originated in Turkey and Persia and these became popular in the 17th Century in Europe.
Did you know that the word ‘Tulip’ is actually a Persian word meaning turban and was a headdress worn by many Middle Eastern people?  In Latin, this translates to ‘tulipa’.  Well there you go.

Tulips have a general meaning of love.  Pink coloured ones  present the idea of perfect happiness and show feelings of care.

tulips please ingrid douglas

There I was in this store, just browsing and admiring, yes more gadgets.  But mostly to see where were decorator trends going.  My creative juices are running dry.  I need to be inspired by ‘NEW’ – ‘DIFFERENT’ – ‘CURRENT TRENDS’
After all, as an artist, we must think like this.  If we are to create decorative art, it needs to follow the fashion.  Makes it such a disposable art form, doesn’t it?  The proof of this is a constant reminder of much loved and admired old paintings by excellent artists just sitting in a corner of the art studio.  What a shame.  But these works, just simply do not suit the current decor, the current design of the house, the current life style.  You must know what I mean.  I feel shamed.

Now back to this particular day.  I had no heavy photographic equipment, just my phone.  Mind you, if I had have dug out my DSLR I would have been swiftly stopped by one of the sales staff or sure.  Bless you phone.
So without much further ado, I managed to capture this image on the left.  What drew me to this image?  No not the 3 green jugs, but rather the tree behind.  I am always seeking tree foliage and branches to utilise or inspire me in my creative work.  The irony of it all, it was the  3 little green jugs that would steal the show at the end.  That is the beauty of the progression of being creative, working and pushing the limits in thought and ideas.
before 3 jugs small

  • Debbie Kerkhof - June 7, 2015 - 5:59 AM

    Wow, this is stunning, and you are right the three jugs really do bring you in … beautiful IngridReplyCancel

For many months now my energies have been in trying to create a more Photo-Artistic Life.  This journey has taken me from the normal mundane to a most exciting evolution in my imagery, my thought process with endless ideas and future goals.

‘Sacred Thursday’ in  My Art Wander’s Art Studio is also a most wonderful and nurturing time.  Thank you girls for permitting me to have my time with my computer – editing and listening to video tutorials.

I know this time was to be spent more with painting, continuing with our art journals, delving further into the fun world of Zentangle (a most relaxing hypnotic chill out) or create mixed media art works.  I promise to return to this when the mood dictates.
In the  meantime, chatter, coffee & yummies with good company is just what my soul needs right now.

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  • Danielle - June 2, 2015 - 12:50 PM

    Thursdays are ever evolving….so creative, wouldn’t miss it.ReplyCancel

    • Perfectoarts - June 2, 2015 - 1:13 PM

      Most definitely and we are all growing in our strengths and new ones to be found.ReplyCancel

One of my favourite pastimes is to capture reflections, shadows and unusual architectural aspects when wandering about our township.
Using reflections can lead to some amazing effects and beautiful images. I am particularly fond of window reflective surfaces they can completely alter the image from something fairly mundane to something richer or abstract or otherwise more artistic.
Of course, sometimes reflections are annoying and we try to avoid them as much as possible, but when it comes to intentional reflections then you can let your creativity run loose.
It takes some time to be able to see things differently, so I just let my spontaneous creativity run wild. You never know when you can create a unique image with added interest, abstraction, interest and depth.

Here are a couple of images, some created differently in post processing, others just captured with intention of ‘as is’.

  • Julianne aka Julz - April 23, 2015 - 5:41 PM

    Hi I’d,
    Your site is beautiful! Spectacular! Julz.ReplyCancel

    • Perfectoarts - June 2, 2015 - 1:59 PM

      Thank you Julz. I have been neglectful of my art and photography. But hope that is about to change.
      May the creative force be with you too.ReplyCancel

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