Sunday, August 8, 2010

Botanica - Part Five

Layers of Petals
© Larry Torno

A fellow artist commented of this photo, " Your botanicals are always your most emotional images"; a true and astute observation.
     Nature provides us with an abundance of linear, spherical and cylindrical shapes that are the basis of all art forms. I like extracting compositions that I consider to be pure design and I have an emotional attachment to the process of finding beauty.
    With the staggering heat wave that's hit our city, I find myself confined to a smaller radius of exploration and dwell upon what is nearby. To paraphrase a quote from Georgia O'Keefe, "One shoots what is around." This hydrangea came from my backyard and was sitting on a desk in front of a window with sheer curtains. The softness of the light falling on the complexity of the petals caught my eye and started this image.

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