I love creating masks out of photographs I've taken. I can use these later to create digital collages.
Left, portulaca from my garden in 2019.
Center: I was visiting my Dad in Little Chance Harbour, Nova Scotia. His neighbor had a friendly dog named Flash who came over to visit.
Right: Hydrangea. My mother gave me a small cutting from her hydrangea bush many years ago. It flourished where I planted it in our front yard. The blue color depends on the Ph balance of our soil. The same plant was a different color in my mother's yard - a pale lavender.
More masks of photos I took of flowers in our garden, 2020
Left: Pink Hibiscus; Center: Dandelion; Right: Lily of the Valley
More masks of photographs I took in our garden, 2020
Left: Pink Peony
Center: Orange Coneflower
Right: Picture perfect pine cones fall into my yard from my neighbor's towering pine trees.
More masks of photographs I took in our garden, 2020 and 2021
Left: marigold; center: yellow tulip; Right: pink tulip
More masks of photographs I took of our garden, 2020
Left: Daffodil; Right, Shasta Daisy
In 2009, I found these perfect gerbera daisies in a gardening store and planted them in the perfect spot. The first week, they did so well I grabbed my camera and took a series of close up photographs. Well, things happen in the garden to interfere with your plans and dreams - drought, insects, animal visitors and other incidents. One night overnight, these flowers were all razed to the ground, nothing left but the planted root. Yet, the photographs have immortalized these beautiful flowers and I can use them to create unlimited possibilities of other art.
Mummer, Philadelphia, Digital Photograph, 2001
With digital art, I'm never completely finished with any art piece - there are so many ways to use the same art. In this case, I used Paint Shop Pro to try out a spiral effect with the photograph I took of the Mummer in 2001.