It’s been so long since my last post that I don’t think I’ll even try to recapitulate in words… Instead, I give you a photo-bomb that pretty much covers the entire time! So sit back, relax, and scroll on…
As I hurried out today to catch some daylight in this dark season, a bright spot in the dying greenery caught my eye. I didn’t actually believe it until I was standing but a foot away staring straight at it.
My rose-bush, that withered in the summer draught and never managed to put forth flowers again after the rains came back, had apparently not given up the fight in spite of snow, storms, frost and darkness, because there it was: a single, perfect flower – in November!
Remember my lively orchid?
Well, four months later, it’s still going strong 🙂
My favourite orchid in its second bloom.
Textures from the Kim Klassen Cafe.
Apple blossom, dahlia, rose, budding larkspur and poppies… I could have gone on forever here! And I’m grateful for this particular challenge, because I see a set (or several) of beautiful picture cards coming out of it – for correspondence, invitations, thanks, congratulations…
I’ve used layers in various blending modes to lighten and enhance contrast, and different textures and filters to create the sketch-effect on each of these. I did work intuitively, each flower shot had its own characteristics to accommodate, but soft light, hard light, multiply and screen blending modes were used, as were the find edges, watercolour and graphic pen filters.
All are based on a pdpa texture: Backlight, Vellum, Serve life, Blank page and Old ornate linen respectively. Wonderful stuff, Bonnie!