Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gardening Through the Seasons: Digital Art

On this chilly February day I decided to get into the creative spirit and portray the seasons with some digital art.  I went through my photo collection from throughout the past year and selected four captures that are reminiscent of each season.   After several hours and using a combination of adobe filters, I arrived at these finished views. Descriptions of each photo are supplied explaining the combinations of filters I used for each one.  I hope you enjoy the tour of the seasons from a different perspective!
Coral Bark Maple Oil Filter and Dry Brush Stroke
Throughout the seasons the gardens are changing.  In winter the harshness of the landscape can be brightened by the glowing of red bark or golden hue of some evergreens.   The drifting snow blanketing the garden adds its own softness and beauty.
 Oriental Spruce Skylands Oil Filter (Double Applied)
Ice Crystal on Spruce Oil Filter-Dry Brush-Poster Edges

Winter Scene Oil Filter (Triple Applied)


Spring is an array of hues resembling watercolors on a painting.  When spring comes to mind I think of the some of the first signs...tulips, crocus, daffodils and allium rising up from the once frozen ground.
Tulip Art Cut Out Filter
Crocus Pallete Knife and Poster Edge Filters
Daffodil Oil Filter (Applied Twice)

Allium Bloom Cut Out and Oil Filters


Summer reminds me of roses, dragonflies and petals of brilliant colored flowers, all combining into a wonderful palette of color.
Rose Garden Oil Filter
Dragonfly on Salvia Oil Filter
Stella D 'Oro Daylily Oil Filter


Stargazer Lily Cut Out Filter


Autumn is its own mosaic of all the colors together with hues of reds, golds, tans and oranges that are the highlights of the garden.  I also think of fall as a time when wispy plumes of ornamental grasses and dried seed heads are seen throughout the landscape.
Sunflower Cut Out Filter
Nandina domestica Oil Filter
Maiden Grasses Oil and Dry Brush Filters

Fall Seed Pods Filter Grain and Oil Filters

I like to think of the garden as a fluid or changing canvas or perhaps a painting in motion.    I hope these seasonal photos helped to brighten your day. I am linking this post with Creative Country Mom's Tuesday Garden Party, Today's FlowersFloral FridaysMosaic Monday at Lavender Cottage, I Heart Macro and Macro Monday 2.  Please be sure to give them a visit.  Thank you for stopping by....

And As Always...Happy Gardening!



Author: Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening, © Copyright 2015. All rights reserved


40 comments:

  1. Interestingly changed some of the pictures and I like it. Regards.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed Giga. I had fun using the different filters from Adobe.

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  2. I love the artistic effects of your photos. Another nice dimension of garden art. Thanks for sharing, Lee.

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    1. Thank you so much Susan. Being so cold outdoors I figured one way I could be involved in some element of gardening was to see what I could do with my photographs using some digital art filters.

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  3. We had someone come to our Camera Club this week or talked about the flowing blurs technique that you have used. It is a very effective edit

    Mollyxxx

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    1. You made my day Molly! There is so much you can do with Adobe and I am only at the edge of it all. The filters are easy to use and it's just a matter of knowing which ones to select and how much intensity to apply with them...much of the time being learning by experimentation. Not every photo is workable but sometimes you get a really good one. Glad you enjoyed!

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  4. Beautiful ! Thanks for sharing !

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    1. I was hoping these would brighten everyone's day. Thank you for visiting and commenting!

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  5. How I love all these marvelous effects you have created. Truly outstanding and how fortunate we are that you have linked with Today's Flowers. Thank you so much and have a great week :)

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed these Denise and thank you for your kind words. We need to keep in mind that while there is still snow on the ground in many places that the seasons are changing and spring blooms are on the way. Have a good week!

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  6. oh how fun! the daffodil's and day lilies remind me of Van Gogh! Thanks so much for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

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    1. Thank you for hosting and for your kind words. It is a lot of fun experimenting with the different filters and seeing the outcome. Van Gogh....I wonder what he would of thought of Adobe...LOL !

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  7. Very creative!!! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    1. Thanks Tom! It keeps me busy while it is freezing outside. As soon as spring temperatures arrive here you can find me in the garden!

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  8. Isn’t Photoshop filters fun?! I have spent many late nights working with them, although I have far too little time to play with Photoshop these days – too much other stuff to do all the time. I liked your Maiden Grasses and Crocuses best of them all. I hope spring will arrive soon for you, not too long before you can get outside and start working I hope :-)

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    1. They are Helene. The snow has started to melt here a little and the temperatures are supposed to warm up into the 30's and 40's this upcoming week. It won't be long now until I am out in my gardens and the gardens of clients again...just doing what I love!

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  9. Lee these are stunning...I don't have photoshop but love what it can do....you could sell these as prints they are so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Donna for making my day! It is nice to hear that you are enjoying the photos. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  10. Van Gogh, Monet? Wow! These are impressive. It is hard to say my favorite, but the dragonfly and the stargazer lily are fabulous. This makes me want to try some filters, too. It would be a fun way to spend a dreary afternoon!

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    1. I find the oil filter applied several times and the cut out filter to be the best. You can also have your images put onto a canvas if you get a favorite. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I appreciate your kind words!

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  11. Now I want Photoshop, Lee, because iPhoto just doesn't do it. What fun! P. x

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    1. It is a wonderful program Pam. There is a bit of a learning curve and I am still trying to manage working on several photos at once using the layering technique and cut out tools in order to combine one image with another. There is so much it can do!

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  12. What a fun post! I love the artsy images, lovely creations..Happy March, have a great day!

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    1. Thank you Eileen. I am so glad you enjoyed it! Happy March to you too...just eighteen days until spring!

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  13. Wow, what interesting effects. Such fun to play with, I bet. Thanks for sharing the fun!

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  14. wow these are amazing. I particularly love the Coral Bark.
    Happy digital twirling and have a wonderful week. I am joining you at Mosaic Monday.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting Jill. I enjoyed your beautiful captures for Mosaic Monday.

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  15. Amazing work of art!! I'm stunned by the creativity shown... splendour in visions!! Thank you! And a Happy Spring at the beginning of March!! Happy MArch to you!

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed the digital imaging Alexa and thank you for your kind words. Happy March and have a great week!

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  16. What clever effects you created Lee! You almost had me going when I thought I saw a fairy and realized it was a dragonfly. It's fun to stray from the normal expectations, isn't it?
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday.

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    1. Thank you for hosting Judith. It's always such fun joining in with Mosaic Monday.

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  17. Hi Lee, it amazes me how much running the photos through the oil filter resembles "real painters" brush strokes, especially obvious in the photo of the Stella D 'Oro Daylily. It is interesting how different the effects are that you can achieve with these filters.
    Wishing you that spring gets to you soon!
    Christina

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    1. The filters really are amazing in how they replicate brush strokes. There is even one with that name and when you run it through several times it looks more and more like an oil painting. Thank you for your wishes of spring weather soon. As I type this the snow is coming down again!

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  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog and posting a comment Lee. I'm sorry you guys are still up to your necks in snow up there. Makes me feel guilty for complaining about our dreary weather! Your digital art is wonderful. I've been doing a bit of it recently too. Never thought to post it in my blog!

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    1. We're getting another eight inches of snow today and I do have to admit that it looks beautiful...but I've had my fill and am really ready for spring! You should definitely post your digital photos...it would be fun. Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. Lovely shots and great editing!
    Thanks for joining us on Floral Friday Fotos, hope to see more of your work in the weeks ahead!

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    1. Thanks so much for hosting Nick and for stopping by my blog. I enjoy your meme each week, especially in winter as we are covered in a blanket of snow!

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