Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

A Rivulet Runs Through It…


I debated over the title of this post. Should it be movie/popular culture, or allusion to Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers and Tides as in “Rivulets and Tides”? Decided for Brad Pitt, to keep the fantasy alive. But, I diverge in a snowy wood.

A group of pictures from our Yosemite trip struck me as an easy group to push a little farther. They were not meant to be a scenic record of the trip itself (the easily identifiable shots of the views that tourists go to Yosemite for anyway) but they were shots that were personally interesting at the time and I realized after I started taking them from the bus window we were riding in (easier to take public transit in the park than warm up your own car) that every one of them had streams of frozen water down the bus window I was shooting through. I kept taking pictures thinking I would crop the rivulets out, but when I put them all into Photoshop yesterday, I felt it would be a nice exercise to play with light and reflection to see what happened. I hoped to turn them into an impression of the trip rather than a record of the trip. I like the exercise of not having a pre-conceived notion of how pictures should turn out and these seemed like a group revolving around a theme and ripe for exploitation. I also ended up using a filter in Photoshop called poster edges. It reminds me of old postcards that were hand tinted and since I was feeling the historical nature of the environment, I thought why not? You wll probably need to click on the pictures in order to see a larger view and be able to notice the effect.

This one kept getting cropped closer and closer and then became a fabric design

The rivulet made almost a calligraphic effect down the side.

A tree through the ice…Willows in the middle of a meadow…

A nice split rail fence…

Fern Spring

A more classic shot…

Reflections and light in the forest…

I put this photo in my original post about Yosemite, but here the light has been punched up and the rivulet takes on a larger role.

This image got liquified and will probably get turned into Spoonflower fabric…

When I got finished, I realized that I liked them so much I really should add them to a hand-made journal. That is their next stop.

Author: loisreynoldsmead


2 thoughts on “A Rivulet Runs Through It…

  1. I’ve come to visit you from DJ’s Ning and I’m just awed by your photographs. I can see I’ll need to return to read more and delve deeper. I’ll certainly look forward to seeing your work in the course because it’s just stunning now. Carol

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