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Marlene Burns' "p Hotography" - Awesome Abstarct Art

Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/18/2013 - 2:33 PM

Abstract Painter Marlene Burns has harmonized her abstract photos and abstract paintings into amazing art for which she called "p HOTography". I hope you enjoy her amazing works in the following video.


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Posted by: Roseann Caputo on 06/18/2013 - 2:58 PM

I love her work. She's great with colors and designs. :-)


Posted by: Patricia Strand on 06/18/2013 - 3:14 PM

It's such an innovative idea. I was already a fan, then she blew me away with these beautiful combos. I wonder what's next!


Posted by: Natalie Holland on 06/18/2013 - 3:29 PM

Poe, thank you for posting Marlene's beautiful video! I love her work!


Posted by: Ann Powell on 06/18/2013 - 3:30 PM

Thanks for posting this. I am also a big fan of Marlene's art, and especially this series!


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/18/2013 - 4:34 PM

Thank you all for your nice input to her video. I guess Marlene would probably post her personal thanks to you directly on this post, if she could.

PS: I hope Marlene would come home from her one-year holiday in Siberia in time by the end of September this year.


Posted by: Elena Nosyreva on 06/18/2013 - 4:40 PM

I love Marlene's unique style! Thank you for posting the video.

I did not know she is in Siberia, hope she finds new ideas there.


Posted by: Mary Ellen Mueller-Legault on 06/18/2013 - 4:41 PM

What an awesome idea, she is so creative!


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/18/2013 - 5:22 PM

@ Elena. I hope Marlene would find more new ideas over there. At least, she could study the history of Siberia where Stalin sent both his political foes and close friends for his inner insecurity of losing his grip on power.

@ Mary. I agree with you that Marlene is very creative. I must add that she is a gifted artist with the eyes for the harmony of lines, curves, and colours.


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 06/18/2013 - 5:47 PM

Marlene's ability to transform everyday things and make them become uniquely Ms. Amazing..... Her marvelous EYE and HAND has resulted in creating this collection of truly fine Art.....Work that beautifully combines actuality with her own mind's eye imagery..


Posted by: Tony Weatherman on 06/18/2013 - 6:04 PM

She is the person that finally taught this ole redneck to appreciate abstract art. And her photos ? ? Hate them. Better than mine. Jealous.

Abstract art is like a beautiful woman. Even if you don't understand it you still marvel at the beauty.


Posted by: Fran Riley on 06/18/2013 - 6:11 PM

There are a great many amazing artists on FAA but Marlene is at the top of that list, imo! She has a beautiful affinity for putting together colors, shapes, and lines in a way that feels like "right brain / left brain" sort of creativity. I'm so happy to have been introduced to her work through FAA!


Posted by: Roy Erickson on 06/18/2013 - 6:18 PM

Cool work. different than most folks that manipulate paintings and photo's.

rd's fine art abstracts


Posted by: Patricia Cleasby on 06/18/2013 - 6:53 PM

I think it's really hard for an abstract artist to be so distinct. In a group of thousands, I think I would recognize one she painted right away. It's rare to be able to create art that has such a recognizable personality. Her photos are also great but I'm not sure I could pick one out of a crowd, yet anyway.


Posted by: Vivian ANDERSON on 06/18/2013 - 7:13 PM

And, here is Marlene's reply to you all, via her blog, where anyone can speak with her.......

My sincere thanks....

Blog: #1 of 50 by Marlene Burns

Previous | Next

June 18th, 2013 - 06:21 PM

Special thanks to all who are posting comments in the thread about my newest video.....I have read each and every one. To all, I am humbled by your lovely remarks....keep following me and I promise not to disappoint!


Posted by: Lawrence Supino on 06/18/2013 - 11:25 PM

That's what happens when you get banned from faa for a year!!

Bravo Marlene...some are simply a fantastic marriage!!

It's funny...I'm working on the same sort of thing for prints, but with the mixing of my originals. I did one back in the 90's...and always wanted to do more, but never did. (and still may never;)

Thanks for posting, Poe!
and btw...I read your post in the thread that was closed and I understand and agree ;)


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/19/2013 - 12:41 AM

Thanks Sr. Swezey, Tony, Fran, Roy, Patricia, Vivian, and Lawrence for stopping by. I think that Marlene would be thrilled by your nice comments and supports. Have a good night to all.

@Tony "Abstract art is like a beautiful woman. Even if you don't understand it you still marvel at the beauty". I like it, my friend. You probably have had too many holes in your heart. But you still sound as if you were still a teenager, buddy (lol)

@ Vivian. thanks for the link to Marlene's bog that could connect her to other faa artists at this moment.

@ Lawrence btw. Many thanks for your words of agreement. Yet, due to my great fear of violating the forum rules, I'd rather not bring the leftover from a closed thread and discuss over here. So don't tie a knot, put it around my neck, and wait for the chair under my feet to be kicked off (lol).


Posted by: Christine Till on 06/19/2013 - 12:59 AM

I feel kind of being used, manipulated, taken advantage of, because it looks like this thread is just on the surface about Marlene's excellent work.

Get praised verbally
When we become too naive
He takes advantage

Marlene's work doesn't need that crap. Better than anything else it stands on its own !


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/19/2013 - 1:26 AM

@ Christine. Thank for your unique perspective that woke me up from my own world of illusion.


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/19/2013 - 1:31 AM

..And I am back to reality of Marlene's excellent work.

Photography Prints


Posted by: Christine Till on 06/19/2013 - 1:32 AM

You're a wise man, Poe Ed.


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/19/2013 - 1:38 AM

Your perception about me being smart or dull is very subjective, Christine.


Posted by: Christine Till on 06/19/2013 - 1:43 AM

As Einstein said ... Everything is subjective. Who am I to doubt Albert Einstein ??!!

('dull' is what you said, Poe ... I said 'wise' ... two totally different processes!)

I respect you a lot, Poe Ed. That's why I'm leaving this thread now.


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/19/2013 - 1:48 AM

Thanks for dropping by and leaving in peace, Christine. I need no heat to turn this thread into a private one. Chao! Have a good night.


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/19/2013 - 11:52 AM

I agree with most of Patricia's comment about the essence of abstract art and her sharp thought of Marlene's work in her comment: "I think it's really hard for an abstract artist to be so distinct. In a group of thousands, I think I would recognize one she painted right away. It's rare to be able to create art that has such a recognizable personality. Her photos are also great but I'm not sure I could pick one out of a crowd, yet anyway."

I know that Christine is a thought-provoker. I like her comment that hit my mind and has generated some questions: 1/ How could I dig deep into Marlene's abstract world? 2/ What make(s) her abstract different from that of other abstract painters? 3/ Why did her new series "p HOTography" strike the core of my heart when I first saw them in the video? 4/ Has Marlene defined her own style in photography as she has achieved in abstract painting? etc.

I will probably have a closer look at Marlene's work to see if I could go a little bit deeper or just scratching some dust on the surface.

Again thank Patricia and Christine for your inputs that stirred up my thought


Posted by: Bob Galka on 06/19/2013 - 12:04 PM

I dunno.. I guess my brain is just wired differently... I just don't get these images. I guess there must be something there other wise this thread would not exist. But I just can't imaging something like that hanging on my walls... I mean really? cigarette butts in a can... really?

sorry rant over ;O) carry on.



Posted by: Rose Art on 06/19/2013 - 12:23 PM

I think Marlene's style is indeed very distinct. For many multifaceted reasons. I wouldn't use the word formula exactly but she has developed a way of seeing which is all her own. I think I could pick out one of her photographs/paintings/hybrids in a pile of poser wannabes 10 times out of 10.( i have seen some try to use Marlene's style).

Her compositions are not willy nilly and are built on fundamentals. Exquisitely crafted really. With each slide of that vid my excitement grew. I'm sorry but I would have to say that her art is developing into compositional genius. All the elements for compelling composition.

In my opinion. I love the stuff.

EDIT: Bob I'll bet, dollars to donuts that you neglected to view the vid?

edit: look at her photo's the same way you look at her paintings. As if on a flat plane. Consider the juxtaposition of the shapes and positive and neg. spaces.


Posted by: Angelina Vick on 06/19/2013 - 12:24 PM

It's not just you Bob.
I don't connect with some of them either.

But still, overall, I find them unique and appealing. Using her photography and painting to create interesting compositions, I think she has made a great achievement in this series.


Posted by: Michael Hoard on 06/19/2013 - 12:37 PM

I found them to be well balanced, vivid colors, reminded me of collage art reinvented. she certainly has a delicate, unique harmony with the geometric shapes and designs, There were just a few I did not care for but the majority of them were sensational. Great work.


Posted by: Bob Galka on 06/19/2013 - 12:49 PM

@Rose.... then you would lose. ;O) btw I prefer buttermilk donuts, but you can send me any kind you have ;O)

But like I said.. I just think my brain is wired differently.. and I do like abstract art.. that's all I'm going to say.



Posted by: Rose Art on 06/19/2013 - 12:56 PM

My mistake Bob. No malice intended. How about some timbits?


Posted by: Bob Galka on 06/19/2013 - 1:36 PM

LOL Rose.. I have to google timbits... interesting story that goes with them.. we call them donut holes on this side of the border...



Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/19/2013 - 11:05 PM

Thank you Bob, Rose, Angelina, and Michael. I appreciate your comments. Have a good night.

@ Bob. Your different opinion is welcome. I completely agree with your thought that I myself wouldn't hang Marlene's photo “Streets of Tombstones 12” on my walls.

Your comment actually kicked me back to the square one. What is art? Must artists capture only the beauty of humans and of nature? Do artists need to meet the expectation of the public in their creative process? I think that those art-related questions have been already discussed many times on faa and other art sites.

I think that many artists (including photographers in the art of photography) have been successfully focussed their art on the ugly side of human and nature. It is easy for inartistic or untrained eyes to pick up the beauty of a butterfly or a flower, but is not easy for those eyes to recognize the artistic features of something normal or unattractive.

I'd like to get back to Marlene's photo “Streets of Tombstone 12”. I think that Marlene has captured the colours, textures, lines, curves, and most importantly the essence (the soul) of the object and the environment in her series Streets of Tombstones". In addition, Marlene has added her own abstract flavor into those photos.

Why do I only expect that art must look pretty enough for the walls? Can her photo be used on anti-smoking posters or as a thought-provoking piece about humans' trash... Art can be used for many different purposes.


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/19/2013 - 11:34 PM

@ Rose! You have reminded me of those interesting art related discussions in the past. I enjoy your knowledge of, and your inputs in, those art related topics (btw: except when it comes to two touchy issues: religion and politic, I could be burnt into ashes -lol)

Your comment about Marlene's art--- " I think I could pick out one of her photographs/paintings/hybrids in a pile of poser wannabes 10 times out of 10.( i have seen some try to use Marlene's style)." --- has brought me to one of the fundamental factors that define professionalism in art: the unique style of an artist. I think that style is the most essential factor that help an artist stand out from the crowd.

How can an artist's work be identified from the mass population of a couple hundred thousands fine artists on FAA consisting of artists of traditional media, artists of digital medium, photographers, and some sculptors? I think it is their unique style - their own trade mark - that make them professional.


Posted by: Christine Till on 06/20/2013 - 1:33 AM

You used to offer the most unique art yourself, Poe. I loved every single piece of it.
What happened to that?


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/20/2013 - 1:51 AM

Ah Christine. I am allergic to the pollen of my own art at this blooming season. So I cannot expose myself to any outdoor activities that would kill me (LOL).


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/20/2013 - 1:53 AM

I am also highly allergic to deadly bee stings. I hope you know what I really mean.


Posted by: Donna Proctor on 06/20/2013 - 8:46 AM

Thanks for posting the video for those who didn't get it in email, Poe! :)

Frankly, I hope once Marlene's Siberian exile is over, she continues to stay away other than to upload her art and an occasional hello! In her absence, she has nearly become a national household name within the Jewish community... sitting here and wasting her precious time didn't do that for her... being uber creative, motivated and her exceptional marketing skills... did. She turned a big negative into a gigantic, extremely successful positive... for sure ;)


Posted by: Roger Swezey on 06/20/2013 - 9:12 AM

Bob G,

Aren't you making an assumption that those are cigarette butts in that can...Perhaps, Marlene rolled white and brown paper and carefully placed them in that can...One would never know, would one??

And Poe, all I can say, is Buck Up!!....Face the elements...We would all love to see the artwork from such a precocious child as you. (Kidding Man, just kidding)


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/20/2013 - 2:12 PM

@ Donna! Long time no see. Thank for dropping by.
@ Thanks Sr. Swezey. Waiting is an art.

Have a nice day.

I'd like to get back to very basic elements about the style of an artist which makes him stand out from the crowd. An artist of traditional media or a digital artist can define his own style by using different means such his brushwork, his colour pallet, his art "ism" (which art movement his art belongs to), etc. For example: Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh 's unique brushwork, his bold colour pallet, and rough and emotional movements in most of his works can be easily identified by even an art lover those has untrained eyes in art. And also it make him stand out form the other post impressionist painters.

In term of style, I put digital artists in the same category of artists of traditional media, simply because digital artists also can create their own digital brushwork and own colour pallet from computer software, and they can also relate their style to an art "ism" in historical and contemporary fine art.

I think that in the art of non-digital photography, photographers don't have the luxury of creating own brushwork and colour pallet. Consequently, they have to capture the perfect moment of colour, light, depth, movements, that the nature could offer to them for their works. That said, I must clarify that many faa professional photographers have successfully set up lenses, speed shutter of their camera to filter the light for capturing only the essential elements selected for their shots. Some professional photographers also set up their own environment for their shots such model, light, etc. They control the setting to create special effect for their photos.

I personally think that those mentioned above about "style" or trade-mark that brings a fine artist of any medium to the "professional" level.


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/21/2013 - 10:41 AM

I have visited the faa galleries of artists who posted their comments on this thread. I have become aware of the fact that it is much easier for me to pick up one unique work of each artist of traditional and digital media that I feel it could reflect at a certain level of those artists' specific styles. However, it is extremely difficult for me to pick up a non-digital photo to define the unique style of some of the photographers on this thread.

I will post those works for you to view. If you have time, you could go and preview the galleries of those related artists. I think that you could recognize the uniqueness of colour palette and brushwork that reflect artistic elements such as lines, curves, depth, light, etc. in the art of some of those artists.


Posted by: Bob Galka on 06/21/2013 - 12:05 PM

What about the thought that an artist who only "sticks" to one style is limiting themselves in creative expression. Would not an artist that can go from a dreamy watercolor landscape to an impressionism impasto oil, to a classical portrait oil to be more of an accomplished professional artist? Being able to match a subject to a style is an art unto itself is it not?

"sometime" an artist that has made their "style" what they are know for can box themselves in and are not "allowed" to do anything else.

I'll use the random example of Wylan... he came from nowhere with he split level (over water / underwater) sea life painting.. he open galleries all over the world and has made millions with his art... those galleries are now closing all over the world. It is the only style that he is know for, others have been copying the style and people have become tired of it.

Now of course you have to look at the motives involved.. he found a niche market and exploited it for everything he could... nothing wrong with that. And he probably can live a good life if he never sells another painting. But if your motive is to express yourself in art then you should have access to all the tools that you can, by tools I mean the skills to render your vision in many different ways.

A good analogy can be drawn from the music world... how many "ground breaking" new pop artists... the next Beatles, the next Michael Jackson, the next.... have there been that have all faded away. Those artists from the 60's and 70's that we, and younger generations are still listening were those that changed with time. They did not stick to a formula, they mixed things up, They used different instruments on different songs.

Of course I am speaking in generalities... there are exception for every rule. But I think we have all seen new exciting styles go by the wayside as just another fad.



Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/21/2013 - 12:57 PM

Good morning Bob. Thank you for your comment. I like this type of dialogue that could shake the mind and may generate some good thought for us.

I could divide comment into two areas: a/ styles of an artist b/ purposes of the artist for his art.

a/ about styles: I think it is totally up to an artist to decide what path he/she prefers to take for his/her creative process: 1/ Do I want to be very flexible with a broad style which covers different art genres and belongs to many art “isms”? 2/ Do I want to be very specialized in one specific style that reflects only one art movement or “ism”? 3/ Do I want to have a mixture of both?

b/ about the purpose of creative process: Again, it is also an individual preference of an artist. 1/ Some create art for themselves as a man of meditation; self exploration, or self-expression, etc.; 2/ Some may create art as a mean of earning a living; 3/ some prefer to be famous in the art world; The list of purposes could be endless…

Back to your specific comment about Wylan's style which you may think that is too specific and lack of flexibility. I made this observation based on your though that: quote "I'll use the random example of Wylan... he came from nowhere with he split level (over water / underwater) sea life painting.. he open galleries all over the world and has made millions with his art... those galleries are now closing all over the world. It is the only style that he is know for, others have been copying the style and people have become tired of it." unquote – Bob Galka

You may not think that Wylan is a talented artist. However, one thing that you cannot deny that he is famous (that why there have been a lot of wanabe artists copying his styles). Also, he has become very rich (you wrote: he has made millions with his art).

I believe that many of artists are dreaming of being able to get some of Wylan's money and success. I dont know what path you have chosen for your art. I'd like to hear your own vision of your art –if you think that Wylan's path is not good enough for an artist.

I appreciate your input, Bob. Have a nice day


Posted by: Poe Ed on 06/21/2013 - 3:09 PM

Thank you all for dropping by to view, or to add your thoughts to, the thread, especially to Bob for your interesting dialogues. I now close this thread at Marlene 's request.


This discussion is closed.