Good morning from a hot and humid Hastings day. Yesterday it was still over 32 degrees at 6.30 PM – well into the 90’s for those in America. Very uncomfortable. Today, hopefully, will be cooler. Maybe I can do some painting today.
Anyway in the morning I had my Social Snappers group. So we went to the local garden centre. We did ask for permission to go around and take photos. Plus there was a cafe there when it got to hot for some of my group.
So I was like this butterfly among the flowers – where do I start, everywhere I looked there were blooms, statues and amazing light.
My idea of heaven.
Or it could well be another “Where’s Wally”. I was lost among the rows of plants.
Thanks for visiting.
This year Robyn from Captivate Me has changed this challenge somewhat – only 4 times a year and also every month on Flickr. It is hard to find the time sometimes so just doing it 4 times a year on my blog is great. So for this year I am doing all 4 edits on one post. A little easier to follow my thought processes. But it also means keeping tabs on what I actually do. That is hard as I just go with how I like what I see.
I am in the process of beginning to organise my entry into a competition in June for our local fruitgrowers association. Every year they ask for art works to celebrate their produce. This year the brief is ‘Good Things Grow Here’.
I have an idea-
This is for one entry. At the top is a branch (I already have it and it is drying out in my garage). Then I am going to have photos hanging from it showing the progress from blossoms through to the fruits hanging on the trees and then finally a still life which is what I have shown.
But I will be painting on top of the photos just to add a bit of colour. So that meant processing the images. This time I did write my editing down. I need to do this for every image so it is a better idea to keep track of what I have done,
I knew that my final edit will lose a lot of detail so for my first edit I used the Nik HDR filter and then went to Colour Efex Pro 4 to add a glamour glow and sunlight filter to bring out the shine on the fruit and glass.
Then I added the Summer Days filter from Topaz for the second edit.
Then I went to Illustrator to add another inner glow filter and the conte crayon filter to make it monochrome.
And here is my final edit. The scratched bronze filter from Topaz.
For the actual painting I will add the colour to the fruit and glass to make it stand out.
Check out this great challenge over at Robyn’s blog