Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 28, 2018

I went to a birthday party a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been playing with the pictures ever since. The goal? To make portraits look like portraits, yet make it difficult to see specific facial features. Of course, if you know the people involved, you’d recognize them, but I’m guessing you don’t know them.

The whole gang in a sketch

DaVinci’s drawing of a three generation family

If Monet knew the Duke …

Rembrandt’s first New England blizzard


The swans were taking a siesta. This was a very brief moment when they actually lifted their heads up before going right back to sleep.

The swans were taking a siesta. Briefly these two lifted their heads before going back to sleep. I clicked the shutter.

Trying (again) to be painterly. Sort of Renoir cum Monet … or at least impressionist. I would love to paint but lack ambition. And talent. I lack that, too. So I take pictures.

ForThePromptless – A Total Monet: Pretty Messy Life


Life is pretty. And messy.

Pretty messy. Never tidy. Always straggling ends, chaos. Unfinished.

Rough on the edges, sometime in the middle, too.

My world. A piece of this, a bit of that, a dab of some other thing.

It’s everything. What I am, used to be, will be.

Look. Past, present and future, mashed up together.

Pretty messy. Prettier or messier?

My life is Monet-ish. Real. Soften edges and see beauty?

That’s not too much to ask, is it?

No hard focus please. Ouch, the light is much too bright!

Real life. Living people. Working people.

Struggling, surviving, laughing, recovering, falling down.

Getting dirty. Playing in the mud? Shame on you!

You’ll ruin your dress, little girl.

That IS life. There’s nothing else.