Technology can be a lot of fun.
Even the simpler functions of technology devices can fascinate and entertain. I’ll give you an example.
Recently I had been looking online at photos of fine art (famous masterpieces, really), some I had never seen and many that were instantly recognizable. As often is the case for me, I found myself especially drawn to paintings from the Impressionists; I love their use of color and attention to light, as well as their depictions of landscapes and natural settings. Works by Claude Monet offer some of the best examples of impressionist style. Portraying the natural surroundings of his home and garden in Giverny, France, Monet created many paintings of his Japanese bridge and the colorful water lilies that floated on the pond beneath. I enjoy these paintings, because when I gaze at them I feel relaxed and content; I can feel the natural environment and appreciate its beauty. That is the power of communication through art: art evokes emotion and provokes thought. Take a look at a couple examples of Monet’s art:
Seeing Monet’s waterlilies reminded me of a couple of photos I had taken when I visited Longwood Gardens a few summers ago. Longwood Gardens, located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States. One of the exhibits I visited was an outdoor water lily display. Many varieties of water lilies and aquatic plants fill the ponds which appear black due to the addition of an organic black dye used to slow algae growth and to accentuate the colors of the plants. The effect is striking.
I decided to take another look at my photos, to see them in a Monet-like manner. Here is where I had fun. Inserting the photos into a Word document, I used the Picture Tools to apply artistic effects to them. I really like the original photos, but I think the “artistic” versions look pretty cool. Take a look and let me know what you think!