I get immense enjoyment from photography and often use it as a springboard for various design ideas and the basis of new artwork. A year or so back, a new hospital was constructed in the area. As a result of that construction, there were some gorgeous poppy fields that sprung up that I happily visited and photographed on several occasions. Yesterday I drove over to see what the poppy fields might look like. Unfortunately, with the earth now settled, there were far more daisies and other wildflowers than poppies. Even so, I managed to find a few few to photograph. This is an example of how one poppy became the springboard to various ideas.
|This is the original photo. It's not particularly good, but I like the flower in focus and the soft light behind it.|
|I used the "content aware fill" to get rid of the weed on the upper right, and I used the "exposure brush" to darken the left edge.|
|I then added a mask to the edge to create a frame. This I will print as is for my journal.|
|In this version, I played around with the colors, clarity, and edge to create another look.|
Next I will print many of these "chop and repeats" along with the original source photos to add into my sketchbook. My hope is they will become a springboard for some smaller works in fiber. I am already anxious to use the photo itself for some watercolor sketches. What fun!