Hello my friends. Now that the holidays have come and gone, it’s time for me to dust off my camera and get back to work. I have been itching to create, but wanted to do something different. I spent the entire day thinking up what I wanted to do, but gathering the energy to actually do it is another thing. This afternoon I finally put my skills into the drive position! I decided to do some watercolor work using my boys art kit and a jumbo art pad. I painted a photo background by using pastel pink, purple and teal. The background didn’t really turn out as good as I envisioned, but I knew that I could tweak it around in Photoshop. While my background was drying, I went out to the front yard to gather any flowers that might be blooming. Thankfully there were a few, thanks to the nice warm weather we’ve been having. I found one white rose, some pretty little purple cluster flowers, and some variegated foliage. I went back inside, put them in a little bud vase and checked on my background, which was already dry!
So, the next thing for me to do is decide where I wanted to shoot. Did I want to go outside and shoot in that beautiful aftern0on light that I love so much, or do I fire up the halogens and shoot in the photo tent? I decided to shoot indoors, since it was pretty windy out, which is not really fun to shoot in windy conditions.
I took about 10 photos and worked on them in photoshop. I was happy with the exposure, lighting, focus, colors etc. but there was something missing. I love to add an artistic flare to my photos, something that sets them apart from just a regular snapshot of some flowers in a vase (set in front of a wildly colorful background), but what do I do? It’s been a long time since I have done this type of artwork and I am a little bit rusty. These photos desperately needed something to help make them stand out. After mulling it over for, um…about 5 minutes, I figured out what I wanted to do. Here are the final results. They are different, and I do like them, but I really want to try this technique with more exotic flowers. That is next on my agenda. 🙂