Ranunculus Studies

We never tire of rancunculus, do we? I’ve been working with some textures and digital papers I made a few years ago – some destined for prints, some for cards. A secret to better depth in the image is many layers used strategically to enhance, not just mask the image. I’ll cover some tips on this in the upcoming tutorial(s).

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(A little message to D who is in Europe at a client’s. He reads my blog now so we all have to behave.)


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your comments on the last post and welcome to new followers. Really, I was so pleased that you enjoyed the botanicals. (I almost didn’t post them as I thought the Latin might not be of interest but now you will get more! :) )

I’ve experienced some incredible artists this week. Do visit Thorsten Becker and let him weave the tale of Wind’s Little Sister.
Wishing you a beautiful week! Oh, and Spring, we are ready for you – with bells on!

Botany Lesson

Aquilega
Columbine

Trillium erectum
Trillium, Wake Robin

Dicentra formosa
Pacific Bleeding Heart
Aquilega
Columbine

Hycinthanoides hispanica
Spanish Bluebell

Matteuccia struthiopteris
Ostrich Fern
Convallaria majelis
Lily of the Valley

Syringa vulgaris
Lilac

Dicentra spectabilis
Bleeding Heart

Plants are endlessly fascinating. I’ve collected botanical prints for many years and love the current resurgence in interest in them. I marvel at those long ago artists who feverishly drew exquisite renderings of live specimens before they withered. And so, let’s conjure spring with a little Latin invocation of some of her best offerings!

(Thank you all for your visits and lovely comments on the Valentine’s roses. I’m working on a tutorial which I’m planning to be in video format. Question: do any of you use Lightroom or Photoshop or Elements? )
Wishing you a beauty-filled week!
xo – g
(all plants from our garden, taken in previous years)

A Little Romance…

…is good for the soul.

I hope your day is filled with love and affection. Happy Valentine’s Day!

• • • •
More images from last year. Not much time for new photos as I’m intensely planning trips and setting up locations for spring and summer. First stops – Atlanta/Savannah/Charleston next month – I can’t wait! Although it is always hard to leave our own sweet garden – the daffodils and first rhododendrons are just about to bloom so will be sharing those very soon. xo
p. s. Thank you very much for your kind words and thoughts on my last post, so thoughtful of you.
p. p. s. let me know if you’re interested in how these photos were processed. Maybe I’ll do a little tutorial. xo

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