Weekly photo challenge: Works of Art – even edible!


When is something considered art? And how do we as individuals define a work as art?  Is it a physical picture painted on a canvas or is it the creative use of materials to present a thought?

This week’s photo challenge encouraged us to: “share a photo of something that’s art to you. It could be some actual “art,” like a painting by your grandmother or the misshapen but perfect clay sculpture your child brought home from kindergarden, or something most people wouldn’t consider beautiful at all, but that has meaning to you. The important thing is that it’s art in your eyes.”

I think art involves expression and lies in the eye of the beholder as well as its creator i.e. it’s what we as individuals believe it to be, and so I am sharing some examples of what I consider to be ‘art’.

The first illustration shown immediately below is edible art.  Would you believe this ‘orchid in a plant pot’ is really a chocolate iced cake?  And that the little succulent plants surrounding it are also cakes? The orchid looked so real that one of the guests at this tea party was about to throw ice from his glass into the ‘soil’ in the ‘pot’.  Good thing I was there to stop him before it was too late!

orchid plant cake, barbados culinary skills
Orchid plant cake
Succulent garden mini cakes
Succulent garden mini cakes

Art definitely involves some form of creativity and in Haiti, the artists are known for creating amazing works of arts from various types of materials e.g. old tyres, tree bark, recycled metal, and beads.  Here are some photos of art featured at the Best Western Hotel.

Empty glass bottle decor
Empty glass bottle decor at a restaurant
Art created from strips of what appears to be tree bark
Art created from strips of what appears to be tree bark
Wall art gracing the walls of the Best Western Premier hotel lobby
Wall art made from recycled material gracing the walls of the Best Western Premier hotel lobby
Interesting lamp shades made from wire
Interesting lamp shades made from wire
Beautiful - check what this painting is made of before looking at the label in the photo blow
Beautiful – check what this painting is made of before looking at the label in the photo blow
Bet you would never have guessed!
Bet you would never have guessed!
Bet you would never have guessed!
Close up of wooden carving behind the front desk in the hotel lobby
Close up of wooden carving behind the front desk in the hotel lobby
Haitian art on the restaurant walls
Haitian art on the restaurant walls
Close up 'fork and spoon' masks
Close up ‘fork and spoon’ masks
Mirror trimmed with twigs from tree branches next to the flat screen TV
Mirror trimmed with twigs from tree branches next to the flat screen TV in my hotel room

In the Bahamas, we were able to see an artist actually creating art from wood in the form of figurines; pure talent!

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And last but not least, my favourite ‘art’ for dieters – enjoy!

Happy birthday art for dieters :-)
Happy birthday art for dieters 🙂

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galeweithers

Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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