Summer is such an amazing season of different varieties of flowers that gush into bloom during those sunny, hot months. Interspersed with rainy days, it becomes a JUNGLE out there in the garden! Coneflowers have always been a favorite of mine, and I am just discovering that there are many varieties of echinacea to bring excitement to the garden and food for the butterflies and birds. This is a macro photo I took in our garden one afternoon. I was very pleased with it, but wanted to add just that little bit more of interest to it. To make it more timeless and more appealing as an art piece.
I happened to catch a little chickadee at our bird feeder and was surprisingly in the perfect spot for the shot! Does not happen to me often…being in the right spot at the right time, but this day I was! I thought that the chickadee shot along with this coneflower shot might create a summer memory. I love watching the birds in our gardens. The bright goldfinches flitting all around so quickly with their little calls to each other. The huge bluejays, who seem to rule the aviary out there. And recently the cardinal family that has nested in our paperbark maple tree at the corner of our deck, which on a summer’s evening provides so much entertainment as they fly from tree to tree, communicating with one another. My little cavapoo pup, Izzi, and I really enjoy them a lot. The cicadas seem to be providing the main musical theme, with the cardinals adding the different “instrument” popping in and out.
Soooo…the above photo turned into the image that follows…
Very light, moody, misty, with the hint of the bird feeder by the lace-curtained window. I went searching online for just the right quote for what I wanted to communicate. Then searching through the fonts for something classic and flowing, and Cezanne seemed to be the best one. A little more texture, and voila!!
Here it is, ‘life is a song’. I hope you like it!! : )
My work is currently being featured by a wonderful metal poster online company called Displate. First of all it is an incredible honor to have a company take notice of my photography, and then for it to feature my work in its very first feature of artists’ pieces on its site, AND to feature solely MY WORK in this modern bathroom view as interior inspiration to its clients is A M A Z I N G ! ! At first I was in shock, when I saw it on my laptop, and then as I examined it and realized it was all my photography work, I did not have words to describe the gratitude to Displate for doing this!! I have felt so honored, when I have had sales from my shop (displate.com/inou) on their site, because it really does validate my art and makes me feel good about what I am doing!! In the art world there are good days and bad days, and THIS was a FANTASTIC day!!!! : D
Displate Interiors: modern view bathroom
My displates featured by Displate.com
Besides this, which was QUITE enough for me to take in and process, Displate featured another one of my photography posters in Commercial Interiors, Modern Office. There they used a photo I took from the top of the Empire State Building of busy New York City. It is the fourth one down in the left column of posters. SO honored!!
Displate’s Modern Office, Commercial Room
Huge THANK YOUs to Displate and to the people who have loved my work so much as to purchase it and put it in their homes!!!! So incredibly honored…
My husband and I had gone to New York City a couple weekends ago, during a winter blizzard they were having…Not exactly the perfect time for photography. It was sooo cold, and the wind was relentless!! I managed to take the original photo of this image on an iPhone and then edited it in Photoshop. Definitely wanted to give it a vintage look.
A photo of beautiful foxgloves in our gardens. I really like how the flowers cascade down the stalk and decided I would like to add some text on top of the photo that mimicked that same effect. This Elizabeth Barrett Browning quote seemed totally appropriate with a wonderful life-lesson message. The text was warped/skewed in Photoshop, which was a bit of a feat, since I know that Illustrator would have been the software to use. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the ins and outs of Illustrator! And of course texture layers were added! Hope you like it!
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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Corcovado and Christ the Redeemer statue.
The original photo was very hazy, and in my efforts to clarify it, many texture layers plus a lens flare were added to the photo for muted color and interest. This end result reminds me of an image you would find in a vintage encyclopedia.
A photo of a stunning tree peony flower (in my garden, lucky me) that I shot about a week ago. It was absolutely gorgeous as is, but I had the need to explore additional possibilities. Created a collage, using a postcard, and further edited to be very hazy and desaturated.
Went on a very interesting, guided architecture tour this past weekend. Learned a lot about the history of New York City, as well as the architects who played an immense part in creating the visual landscape of the city.
This is a working Victrola, which has been passed down to my husband and me. I was playing a record on it just today! Young Frank Sinatra, in fact! The photo was taken with hopes of being a part of Society6’s ANALOG zine collaboration, coming up this month. I added a texture layer to this, which gives it that retro, vintage look. Amazed at the smoothness of the label, how the words just seem to have been lifted off, as the record played, and those incredible wavy lines on the tracks!! My new favorite!!
Another edited photo of the canal in Venice, Italy. This time I applied several texture layers to give it an impressionist type of feel. When I was adjusting one of those layers, I moved the sliders to adjust both the layer style I was applying and also the layer beneath it at the bottom of the blending options window in CS6. This gave the buildings that burnout look. Also used iris blur to focus on those blue boats that are docked in front of the largest building in the center. Love how the water’s color has many tones of cyan, blue, and green, all melting into one another.