In My Dreams

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painterly-hydrangeas6708My perfect day would be sunny (around 72 degrees), with a slight breeze to cool my face without ruffling the flowers I’m trying to photograph. It would include good coffee, a perfect apple muffin, and no time constraints.

Most days aren’t like that, though, so I take them as they come.  Photography sometimes calls for a detour, too.  An image may look great on my camera’s LCD screen, but stink when I load it onto my Mac at home. Certain images beg to be used as is; others ask for a little tweaking or in the case of the images I’m sharing today–a total makeover. I don’t know why I paint some and leave others alone, but I suspect it has something to do with the mood I’m in on any given day. Using an aging version of Photoshop CS and my trusty Wacom tablet, I like to stretch the boundaries of natural color by adding a little paint here and a layer or two of texture there.

In my dreams, fields of flowers never droop or turn brown. Hydrangea petals display colors unheard of in a Crayola box. Waterscapes reflect a sky in ever-changing, shimmery hues. Yes, it’s stretching the truth a bit for you purists who prefer your art perfectly genuine and true to nature, and I halfheartedly apologize. But for those of you who enjoy a surreal detour now and then and find it fun to experiment with color, this post is for you.

This side of heaven, I can still dream, can’t I?

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Hydrangeas Bouquet


“For flowers that bloom about our feet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,
Father, we thank Thee.
For the song of bird and hum of bee,
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hydrangeas Bouquet

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Dusky Pink Coneflower


“The Amen of nature is always a flower.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

I’m a step ahead of Spring, I know. I’m extra-impatient this year, so I’ve been working on florals. Lots and lots of pale pastel florals. Layering a flower photo with textures is like slapping the finishing touch on a wet canvas. I suppose there’s a thin line that separates a painter/artist from a photographer/artist. Judging from some of the comments my artist friends make, we also share the same brain. Creativity feeds on creativity. The more we work at it, the more we crave the next challenge.

Today it’s a simple pink coneflower in soft, dreamy light. Enjoy.


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