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Soft Abstract Roses – Featured Art Prints

I love taking macro photographic shots of rose buds and blooms. The colors, texture, etc. create such beautiful visual imagery. Today, I wanted to feature a softer take on rose blooms and then explain how I created them by taking a step back through the process I use to create this type of digital art. I have used Adobe Photoshop for years….probably since it first came out. I remember taking classes from the University of San Diego on how to get the most out of it from an artist perspective. Trust me, it was many years and many versions ago. What I love about the program is the ability to do layers for each of the steps I go through. These roses are a great example of the process, so I will walk you through a simplified version of it.

I start with my macro photography of the rose bloom as the background layer. I then open an empty layer on top of it and using an ink stroke tool (Photoshop), draw the edges and shapes I want to highlight in black. Then I create another layer and pick a digital brush style I like (the brush style I picked here creates an almost air brush look..soft edges). On the blank layer I paint larger areas of colors by painting over the photograph if you will. The large areas of similar colors create the abstract look. I then move the “ink stroke layer” to the top of the layers, eliminate the bottom photograph, merge the layers and the end result is what you are looking at (simplified version as I actually open many laters typically for each color tone).

I also would like to mention that for the painting layer, there are numerous programs out there that can take your photograph and turn it into just about any style of painting. I use these programs in cases where I want to keep the detail of the photograph and am looking for more 3-D brush strokes as you would see in oil paintings. Even in that scenario, I come back in and work the resulting art print with some of the detail I described here.

This is a quick and simple walk through of my process that in actuality is very tedious and for every print I publish, five to seven are trashed by me for not liking the end result.

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Rose Blooms in Macro – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Having just spent some time in Los Angeles with our granddaughter while Mom and Dad were away, I was reminded of just how beautiful rose blooms were right now in that part of the country. Our daughter and her husband have beautiful flower gardens surrounding their house and I have featured some of their flowers on this blog. With that inspiring me, I have attached five macro shots I have taken from two different photo shoots.

This first one is from a public garden in Portland, Oregon. This deep red rose bud was just starting to open up.

This capture was from the Territorial Rose Garden in Prescott, Arizona (as are the rest of the attached shots). The bud was unfolding into a fuller bloom.

 

Getting a tighter framing on this rose blooms pulls the detail of the rose petals into full view, even slight discoloration on a couple of the center petals.

It truly looks like velvet with this deep red bloom.

And finally this purple bloom as a macro brings out the laciness of the petal edges.

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Territorial Rose Garden: Prescott, Arizona – Excerpts From A Photo Shoot

This is the third and last post in a series about a weekend getaway my wife and I did to Prescott, Arizona in late October. The series has focused on our visit to the Sharlot Hall Museum. In the first blog, I included some shots of the log buildings that are on the grounds of the museum and the second blog focused on shots I took inside some of those log structures. This last post is of the Territorial Rose Garden on the grounds. The garden was originally planted in 1948 on the south side of the Governor’s Mansion. In 1974, it was moved to its current location on the north side of the Governor’s Mansion where it can be seen from the street. We were fortunate in capturing the garden at its peak for the season as we head further into fall and winter.

Territorial Rose Garden

Territorial Rose Garden


Enjoy these macro shots of stunning blooms from a beautiful rose garden.

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Yellow

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Yellow

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Red

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Red

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Purple

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Purple

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink and Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink and Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Orange Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Orange Bud

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Rose Bud and Rose Bloom: Featured Art Prints

With June upon us, I wanted to feature two art prints that say June to me: Rose Bud and Rose Bloom. The colors start to pop on rose bushes this time of year and I wanted to celebrate the vibrancy of the blooms. Rose blooms are more than just color, they are texture, shape and color. The intricacy of the petals as that go from buds to full bloom. I capture these two particular photographs in a public garden in Portland, Oregon. Portland is well known for roses and these two particular photographs support that reputation. Thoughts?

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Candy Cane Rose Bud – Featured Art Print

To finish the week as a feature from my Floral/Still Life Collection is “Candy Cane Rose Bud”. As the name suggests, this really is the name of the rose plant. The coloring of the flower is so unique and delicate in its appearance. To support that look, I used a simple watercolor technique that creates softness in the shape and colors of this single rose bud. I outlined some of the detail, but not all and pushed the background into suggestive shapes and shades of green to keep this simple flower bud center stage. A rose-tree we had on our patio that produced these beautiful buds inspires it. Thoughts?

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Roses in Watercolor – Featured Art Prints

I have attached three art prints that I specifically created just for the Note Card Gallery as “Thank You Cards“. I then went back to the original pieces and decided I liked them as full size art prints and put them into the Floral / Still Life Gallery also. I refer back to my posting Roses – Featured Art Prints, those are the rose blooms these watercolors were based on. I used a technique that creates an almost abstract print, but the roses are well-defined and have a much softer whimsical look to them. Let me know what you think!

 

 

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Roses – Featured Art Prints

Part of the art prints in my Floral/Still Life Gallery are a variety of roses. I have included four of them in this blog. For these art prints, I started with the original photographs of rose blooms I took a few years ago in Portland, Oregon. From the original photograph, I used a subtle watercolor technique to soften the pictures up ever so slightly. I liked the clarity and vibrant colors of the original shots, but wanted something that was a little less severe without losing any of the aforementioned qualities. Let me know what you think.

 

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