Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Seeing Spheres before my Eyes......

The garden glass reflection ball can seem to be more like a sculpture when it is black and white. When it is seen in color the viewer would be far more distracted and not really appreciate the reflective shape.

Christmas baubles too, take on the special shapes of shine and glow.  The shape of a sphere, no matter the size, seems to be magical.

A 1960s ashtray takes on a special look too, but in this case it is suppose to look like a bowling ball.  It was my dad's ashtray which was too small for all the smoking that he did.  Cigars really put out too much ash for this little guy.

The earth is illustrated in the old geography country school book.  The book came from a country school near a farm where I lived in southern Iowa. My dad purchased a bunch of books from the closed school. The book was printed in the late 40s and I can imagine how fascinated a student in a country school would be when they first opened these pages. I remember my own state of awe when I first saw the book.  A globe in the classroom would never have this much detail in color.  I expect the artists had to use their imagination to illustrate it as no person had been off the surface of the earth until 20 or more years later. Photos taken of the earth must have been later than that. These two pages are the only color photos in the entire book.

I shared this painting of mine a few blogs back in the black and white version.  I had many requests to see it in color and I do have spheres floating around in the painting.  

Others are prompted to react to a round object and find photos with similar shapes.  You can check them out at Sepia Saturday by clicking on the brown name.  Thanks for stopping by today.


Titania Staeheli said...

Typically there is so much more to a sphere than a bouncy ball!Great post, love the beautiful reflection, the whimsical ashtray, books that still are treasures and your lovely, happy painting.

Helen Killeen Bauch McHargue said...

I love your father's bowling ball ashtray and the color photos of the earth are quite amazing. Your painting is lovely too. A fun take on the prompt photo.

Mike Brubaker said...

That's the way to give a good spin to our theme photo! I imagine that soap bubbles fascinated early man and inspired a lot of scientific inquiry.

La Nightingail said...

You found several interesting varieties of balls to grace your post & I like your take on B&W actually being better than color in some instances, such as the Christmas balls. We've all seen them - and recently too - in color. But there's something quite different about seeing them in B&W.

Little Nell said...

What a creative take on the prompt.