Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

An ode to a Dutchman’s Pipe…

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Ahh, the pipevine (Aristolochia californica) is blooming and I have not commemorated it yet. A California native plant, deer won’t eat it and it grows rampantly. That makes it good on a fence where deer could get at it on one side. It also is supposed to have a blue butterfly, but you could not prove that by our plant because we have never seen one here. We do get the uniquely shaped flowers and pods (left from last season). As luck would have it, the bloom coincided with my seeing the Georgia O’Keeffe show at the deYoung Museum. I came home from the show and knew I had to photographically deal with the blooms keeping abstraction in mind and muttering crop, crop, crop…what would Georgia do? These are not scientific renderings…just some play with some new apps with serendipitous results.
The work flow in general:
All were originally taken in the iPhone native camera, then, imported into and saved from the following apps. The saved version was then imported into the next app.
Snapseed (cropping and touch up of saturation, brightness and contrast)
TouchreTouch (I had placed a sheet of paper behind each flower for a plain background and sometimes when I cropped square I had corners I needed to touch up)
Waterlogue or Glaze (for a painted look) I often did this multiple times for various degrees of the paint-look
Blender (I used the saved image from TouchreTouch as the bottom layer with each painterly image on top flattening in between)
When I liked it the saved image went into DistressedFX for some aging. Some also went into PicGrunger for creases or cracks.
Please do not think reality…just form and shape!

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This flower is one of my garden’s highlights.

Author: loisreynoldsmead

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7 thoughts on “An ode to a Dutchman’s Pipe…

  1. What wonderful admonitions: “keeping abstraction in mind and muttering crop, crop, crop.” I do like your renderings of the pipe vine. And, thank you for the step-by-step of your post-production creating. I need to investigate the various programs. In the meantime, I shall simply enjoy your images.

  2. really lovely photos!! and i’m envious of your having an aristolochia too, wherever did you find it?

  3. Thanks for sharing how you created these beautiful photos. I will definitely have to explore these programs and techniques!

  4. Love the “crop, crop crop”.

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