Monday, September 15, 2014

Pink Cosmos at Long Hill

Last week I took some pictures of a beautiful garden behind the farmhouse at Long Hill Gardens. I think of this as an old-fashioned garden. These are the kinds of flowers I remember from childhood, especially cosmos, which my grandmother grew in the back yard. This view features the pink cosmos, with marigolds and zinnias in the background. I like the way the flowers look against the pale yellow siding.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cosmos, Nasturtiums, and Marigolds (Long Hill Gardens)

Every week we pick up our farm share from The Food Project, our *CSA. Our pickup location is Long Hill Gardens (here in Beverly, MA), in the fields at the front of the estate. This week, I took a little walk and saw this amazing garden. These flowers were growing right outside the little yellow farmhouse, near the fields, far from the formal gardens and the main house on the estate. Long Hill (AKA Sedgwick Gardens) was once a private estate, but now the property is owned by the Trustees of the Reservation. I loved the combination of these flowers, on the old-fashioned side, nothing exotic. I liked the way they looked against the yellow farmhouse, so I took some pictures.

*Community Supported Agriculture

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Another Window Box in Rockport (Digital Woodcut)

This image began as a second photo of a window box, taken  during a recent trip to Rockport with my friend.  I used Painter to add a "woodcut" effect, adjusting the colors and the amount of black line until I had the effect I wanted. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Another Window Box in Rockport (Posterized Photo)

Two days ago I posted a photo of another window box, also seen during a recent trip to Rockport, MA. I used Painter to create this posterized version. Posterizing intensifies the colors and simplifies shapes. I also used the photo to create a digital woodcut, which I plan to post here tomorrow.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Before the Towers Fell (Digital Woodcut)

I don't have a lot of photos of the World Trade Center even though I used to live in New Jersey and often went to New York City.  By 2001, we had moved to Boston and in July, we went back for a visit.  We wanted to do something new and my cousin suggested that we take the train to Brooklyn and walk back to Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge.  So we did, and I as I took pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge, as a bonus I got some great photos of the Twin Towers just a few months before they fell.  Tonight I went back to those photos and made a very close crop of the skyline.  Then I used Painter add some color overlay and a woodcut effect. I wanted soft edges, not a lot of detail.  Memories fade, but not emotions.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Another Window Box in Rockport (Digitally Modified)

Here is another window box in Rockport, MA.  This is from a little excursion back on August 24; I took my friend touring and we strolled along Bearskin Neck where almost every quaint little shop has window boxes. I do love window boxes so I took a couple of pictures. I had to do a little work on this image because there was just one wilted leaf.  So I opened the image in Painter and used a little digital pastel to turn the wilted blossoms into leaves.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Window Box in Rockport (Digital Woodcut)

Here's one last look at this window box. The original version was a photo that I took a few weeks ago in Rockport, Massachusetts. We were taking a stroll out on Bearskin Neck. Last night I used Painter to add a woodcut effect to this photo.