Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bench artwork

Bench photo taken in Tucson, AZ. Exposure adjustment and simplify and Impression 2 Topaz filters used to make it look like a painting when you zoom in.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Castle Wall Painting

Castle wall in France. Beautiful old castle with vines and roses climbing up the tired bricks. It is hard to imagine how long it has been since someone pruned that yellow rose.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Double Door Artwork

Double Door from Italy. Texture 2 topaz filter and Impression 2 painting filter. Old low resolution images brightened up and transformed into a painting. Fun Stuff!

Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Italia Doors Drawing

Italian door and balcony, sketch effect with impression filter added to make it look a bit like a painting.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Cezanne III

Flirtatious Hybrid Tea with brush strokes from the Topaz filter Impression 2 along with a first layer using the Simplify Filter.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Flirtatious hybrid tea Rose filtered so she looks like a painting rather than a photo. Softer background and a touch of brush strokes.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Double Delight as Art

Double Delight Hybrid Tea Rose after being worked over a bit using Topaz Filters and their texture filter. Color, detail and  certain crispness.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Lonely Lighthouse Painting

Lonely lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. Turning photos into art again, and having fun!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Dahlia as Painting

Garden variety Dahlia blossom. Topaz filter simplify used to create a water color image, and then the Impression 2 filter used to emulate an oil painting.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Peace Rose Painting

Peace hybrid tea rose blossom from the garden.
Topaz filters used to emulate a painting include Simplify, Impression 2, and Glow. Such fun to go through old photos and tweak them a bit.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pretty and Pink

Another pink rose from the garden. Early morning light and Topaz filters make an interesting image.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


One of the earliest bloomers in our yard. Misty morning made for moisture and a different image. Edward Hopper imitation using Topaz Impression and Glow

Friday, September 16, 2016

SF Conservatory

A long ago trip to the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. Visitors for out of town tend to make me feel like a tourist and we take a visit to the "City". Painting created using Topaz filters.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tabu Rose Bud Painting

Tabu Rose Bud as a painting. A bit of color in unexpected places ads a bit of interest and surprise.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Red Rose Blossom as Oil Painting

Red rose bud taken on one of our trips. Blurred the background a bit, and masked the rose so it could on its own layer and then filtered with the Impresso Filter  and used my oil painting preset.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Butterfly Bush Blossom

Your new butterfly bush is in bloom. This plant is very pretty, and very invasive.We are keeping it in a 3 gallon pot in the ground. Used the Topaz Glow filter and changed the background on this one.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Pink Rose with a glow

New Topaz filter called Glow 2. Interesting effects to play with, and enjoy. This Rose bud was selected from a background, painted with Impression 2 and the I added a soft light glow.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sally Holmes Painting

Macro image of Sally Holmes Rosebush. Wonderful climbing multifloras rose that blooms all summer. Used the Topaz glow filter to soften the image.

Friday, August 26, 2016

New Zealand Blue Rose Painting

New Zealand Rose Garden Painting. Hybrid tea rose from down under. Called  a blue rose, but it appears to be somewhat magenta to me. Topaz filters simplify (crisp edge) and impression painterly (cz III personal creation)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Christmas Cactus Painting

Up close and personal macro image of a Christmas cactus. Simplify filter and Impression filter used to create a painting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

4th of July Rose Painting

Fourth of July Rose photo as a painting. This Climbing rose has flowers all year, and is wonderful to watch all seasons.
Topaz filters Simplify and Impression were used to get the painterly effect.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Hot Cocoa Painting

Hot Cocoa hybrid rose bush. Macro photography with topaz filters used (simplify and immersion 2) to create a painterly image.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Orchids in San Francisco

San Francisco Botanical Garden orchid plant on a sunny day. Cleaned up a bit and then Topaz filters to look like an oil painting.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Fern Painting

Ferns up close taken at the SF conservatory.
Topaz filters simplify as Oil Painting and the Impression 2 as a an O'Keefe image modified a bit by me.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Jack Sprat Flax

Finally getting some gardening in place after the long California drought. Jack Sprat Dwarf plants that are enjoyable, bloom just once a year and look good if they get enough water.

Saturday, July 30, 2016


Black and white bordered image of a Lily. Just a hint of contrast with a bit of gray to minimize the color and make the eyes dance around to follow the circular lines and patterns.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lake Como Water Taxi Trip

Lovely long ride in a fast water taxi as we took off for the islands outside of Venice. Scenery was wonderful, needed a high ISO and fast shutter speed to try to hand hold the camera and get things in focus. Wonderful Day!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monet's Garden Painting

Wonderful train ride out to Monet's Garden. The flowers are completely changed every 3 months to go with what is in season for that time of year. Wonderful color and variety always. Topaz filters simplify and impression 2 used to get the painted look. Hoping to get back there soon.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Glen Ellen Gardens

Glen Ellen Botanical Garden. Beautiful place close to Santa Rosa where most, if not all of the plants come from China.
Springtime is best, and if you plan ahead you can have a driver take you around the large garden in a golf cart. Topaz filters used to resemble a Monet Painting.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Painted Pale Purple Orchid

Pale purple orchid taken into topaz Impression 2 and using the Painterly version to soften it a bit and perhaps make it resemble an impressionist painter.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Castle Rose Painting

Old French Castle outside Lyon. Domestic Rose that had been there for a very long time. Amazing how roses just keep growing and blooming wherever they are planted.
Topaz simplify and Impression 2 filters used for the paint effect.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bold Orchid Macro in color

A bit of a boa showing up here with the white orchid. Fuzzy and a bit of fun of a close up of this wonderful flower.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Orchid as a Black and White

A bit of fluff added to this one when I photographed it in color a couple of years back. The white look was intensional, and it might be fun to do a photo grouping on a wall. We often look for dark blacks and bright whites with black and white images.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Gerbera Black and White 3

Last one of a series of Gerbera flowers from the garden. Black and white for a change of view.
Having fun trying out new color filters in photoshop.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Gerbera 2 Black and White

Another black and white Gerbera. This one is a yellow one and I used a yellow filter with the conversion.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Gerbera Black and White

Gerber blossom reproduced as black and white image. I am not quite sure if the background is Ok or if it is a bit too dark.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Merced River and Lupine

Just into the valley at Yosemite there was a grouping of Lupine inside the walled off area at the side of the road. Tried new Topaz filter called Impression 2 for paint effect.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Another pretty wildflower

Last trip to the Berkeley Botanical Garden in May. Proper name of this flower is Rotundifolia Amairoa. What fun it would be to have one in the garden to watch each day as tiny blossoms open from these pointy spheres.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

River Dogwoods Photo Painting

Dogwoods in the breeze, painterly image. It is always very windy by this bridge in Yosemite.
The flowers are delightful, but they don't hold still for photos. Close to where you turn onto the one way road coming into the valley.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tunnel View Panorama

Handholding panoramas is a bit tricky, and making it a painting is more forgiving of focus issues.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Very up and down hilly hike to the meadow to see the tallest trees in California. April 2016 and probably visit to these beautiful trees in the Tuolumne grove.One tree was hollowed out from a fire and there were photos of a stage coach driving through the center.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Dogwood Backs

The Ahwahnee hotel after a wonderful breakfast in the main dinning room. Fun to just wander around. The sun was bright and the light coming through the blossoms was wonderful. Notice I am ignoring the name change.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Soft Pink Lily

Pink Lily softened with the Topaz Impression painting preset Seuart Afternoon III.

Taken in the yard a couple of weeks ago. Just a little softening and sharpening.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Red Wildflower

Berkeley Botanical Garden trip 2 weeks ago.
Not certain what this is as the signs are sometimes hidden in the underbrush.

Topaz filter use to simulate Van Gogh style painting.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

M Poppy Painting

A bit early this year, like everything else.
These self sowing poppies are large and wonderful. They would be hard to control in a personal garden, but look lovely on the hillsides.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Checking out a new camera today.

Early evening image with one Impression filter used on the background, and another setting for the flower itself.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Rhoddy blossoms

No special effects
here other than to
darken the background
and show off the
pink of the flowers.

Taken in the yard
about 2 weeks ago.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Poppy wet and wild

A quick shot taken right after
watering the garden.

Working on using the Topaz
filters polarizing and impression.

Monday, May 23, 2016

People's Choice Award at Photo Central Show

The Photo Central Spring Show closed and we had to pick up our images. (thanks Carol). To my surprise, my "Tides of Time" image was a People's Choice Award Winner.