Patti Edmon Altered Attic: An Experimental Approach to the Shifting Landscape of the Face...

Friday, November 20, 2009

An Experimental Approach to the Shifting Landscape of the Face...


This isn't a new photo, one like this is hard to come by. I'm taking the fabulous Susan Tuttle's Visual Poetry class and I wanted to make a statement about Fall, so I thought I'd accomplish both with one image. I like the original photo and was a bit perplexed about how to improve it, so in experimenting I went warmer, more vivid. I'd love to know what you think!

I took the original (below) last year while trekking through the neighborhood. It cracked me up because, being the Queen of Procrastination (thanks to arthritis and habit) it looked like something I would call an experimental approach to the shifting landscape of the face, rather than simply saying I'd left my pumpkins out too long!



Maybe it's because I am a procrastinator But this year, I think it happened even earlier!! I heard it while still picking Halloween candy out of the dog's fur and pulling the fake cobwebs out of the bushes - a Christmas jingle. Two days after the ghouls and little witches and zombie parades ceased it suddenly became Christmas. Now that it's nearly Thanksgiving, it's everywhere of course. I even participated in a Holiday Gift Market last evening, my table garnished with beaded garland and all things Merry.
I certainly don't mean to offend anyone who cannot wait to get into the spirit. I don't know if it's my tendency to put things off, or my wish to enjoy what is happening now, at the moment, beautiful leaves still drifting from our trees, bold blue afternoon skies and the preparation of small pumpkins for their transformation into pies. Giving Thanks with family and friends.
I did have to think about the season a bit early, since I wrote three devotionals for our churches' Advent Devotional Book - I may even post them here, on the corresponding dates. I loved researching, reading, trying to find a new angle on annual-favorite scriptures. But, an early Christmas? No thanks, oh, except for the Peeps. Yes, I was shopping for festive goodies to adorn my table at last night's show and I saw them. I bought 3 boxes and they were great conversation starters. Christmas tree Peeps with little dots for ornaments! The first I've ever seen! No longer a ritual at Easter, they are now part of the beginning of it all.
Oops, I think I just found another Nerd in Henry's fur...

8 comments:

Seth said...

This is such a wonderful shot, both before and after. But I do like the warm tones in the second pic better. What a great title to the post too and such a clever way to redefine procrastination!

Lawendula said...

Hehe, the pumpkins, lovely!

Next swap is about cards on January,4.
But you can sign in already, just give me a go by comment or e-mail!
http://wovenletters.blogspot.com/2009/11/paper-swap-2-tags-swap-partner-list.html

Have a great weekend!

Patti said...

Seth clarified in an email, that he actually liked the FIRST photo, the one I 'warmed up' a bit. That made me happy!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Everyone thought Picasso was a genius- but maybe he was just looking at jack-o-lanterns!

MarZel said...

ok, love the first pictur the best... color wise. No matter what, it is a great shot!!

merci33 said...

Sounds like a cool class...
for my little eye the first shot wins...has a bit o' the Tim Burton grunge that fits the topic.

Karin Bartimole said...

You are too funny!! I love your take on the settling and rotting pumpkins being a facial experiment!! And yeah, I like the warmed up photos - it has a little extra punch to it.

There is an artist that creates with hundreds and thousands of peeps - peeps of every sort! They are pretty wild. You could probably find them with a Peep Art search!! I kinda like the snow men :)

Happy Thanksgiving!! xox K
(my word verification cracks me up, considering the back problems we've become all too familiar with:
spiness= a spine with finesse?!)

Lucy said...

I like the 'warmified' version of your classic photo, you are doing wonderful things in your class!

I'm like you, I don't like to rush holidays or time for that matter. Maybe I'm a procrastinator, too. I love fall decorations, warm and cozy smells of pumpkin and cinnamon or vanilla. I typically decorate for the holidays The first week of December after Thanksgiving has had her day in the sun :)

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