Joan Field, APSA  

Crazy Flowers by Joan Field, APSA

October 2021 - Crazy Flowers

October 2021 - Joan Field, APSA


About the Image(s)

The original was cropped to get the darker lines, then copied, flipped. The side by side was then put into an action in Photoshop, where I rotated the two that had been flipped so that it created a circle. It was b & W. I had the idea of making the sphere like design into a flower and to add stems. So I made it a lot smaller using Transform. I then changed the mode to RGB. I selected parts of the flower using the Select Color Range tool. Then the color was addd from the color wheel and the color swatches. The flower was duplicated a number of times and I changed the colors most of the time. The stem was drawn by hand and since I am neither a great artists nor can really see what I am doing because of my macular degeneration, they may not be smooth. Finally, I decided to leave the BG white after trying a few color because there are white parts on the flower that don't blend into a colored BG.. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun trying different things. I hadn't used the Action section of PS for a long time.

2 comments posted

Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Absolutely beyond my comprehension Joan. You are An expert at this.   Posted: 10/16/2021 15:26:39

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, This was clearly a labour of love to change a monochrome picture of a car running board into an abstract flower arrangement. Interestingly, when I first looked at your original image, I saw it as the end of a fork against a shiny kitchen background. Your choice of colours works well and they blend together seamlessly into the kaleidescope flowers. Compositionally, I wondered whether it would be stronger with only three flowers to create a good visual triangle of interest. Given your macular degeneration, you have done well to draw the green stems freehand. I note your comment about different background colours and I have tried using a black background to create a low-key image. This is attached for your information. I selected the central parts of the flowers and changed the colour to black.   Posted: 10/20/2021 05:00:48
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