A Word a Week: Gap – Through a Hoodoo

Gap Through a hoodoo

For the first time this week I’m joining the A Word a Week Challenge at A Word in Your Ear.

Once a week I will dip into my old English Oxford dictionary and pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you. Put a link back to my challenge page so others can take part if they wish. ~A Word in Your Ear

This week’s word is GAP. I immediately thought of a photograph that inspired one of my abstract digital art pieces.

In 2010 my family visited Bryce Canyon. I was in photographer’s heaven. Do you know what a hoodoo is?

hoodoo (also called a tent rockfairy chimney, and earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badlands. Hoodoos, which may range from 5 to 150 feet tall (1.5-45 metres), typically consist of relatively soft rock topped by harder, less easily eroded stone that protects each column from the elements.  ~Wikipedia

I have a few incredible photographs of hoodoos in my art gallery. The photographs above, however, don’t have very good light and no matter how much I edited them, they were never going to make it into my gallery for sale. BUT I didn’t want to let go of that “gap”. I decided to experiment with the first photo in Photoshop by adding textures and intense color, aiming for abstraction. Here is the result:

Broken Butte

This began as a photograph I took of a butte seen through a hole in a hoodoo at Bryce Canyon. As I added layers of textures and color the photograph became something more.


I am always excited when a photo I was going to discard becomes something really interesting.  

Please visit A Word in Your Ear to see more explorations of the word GAP.  This challenge will be a wonderful addition to my blog in 2014.  As always I welcome comments on this or any part of my blog.

Happy New Year!


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