Trey Foerster  

Mayapple Abstract by Trey Foerster

June 2022 - Mayapple Abstract

June 2022 - Trey Foerster


About the Image(s)

Mayapple is a native woodland plant that is widespread across most of eastern North America south to Texas. Podophyllum peltatum is the only species in this genus in the barberry family (Berberidaceae). The upright stems grow from a shallow, creeping, branched underground rhizome, composed of many thick dark or reddish-brown tubers connected by fleshy fibers and downward spreading roots at the nodes. Each terminal bud produces a shoot. Only stems with more than one leaf will flower. Mayapple emerges in early spring before trees produce leaves and then senesces to go dormant by mid-summer. Flowering stems produce solitary flowers in the axil of the two leaves. The nodding, white to rose-colored flowers appear in April or May. Each flower is 2-3 inches wide, with 6 light green sepals, 6 to 9 waxy petals, and twice as many stamens with white filaments and yellow anthers. Pollinated flowers are followed in early summer by fleshy, ovoid to lemon-shaped fruits (a berry) containing several tan seeds. These green “apples” ripen to a golden color, sometimes tinged with pink or purple, later in the summer. Tech stuff: ISO 1100, 200mm focal length, aperture 5, center weighted average metering, use of a macro tube, aperture priority mode, ISO auto. Standard LR and PS processing, then into Topaz Studio for various presets, then back into LR and PS for finishing touches. Once the photo copy was done to my liking, then I imported back into Topaz Studio and applied 4 art presets for painted abstract image.

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6 comments posted

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
I absolutely love this image. Your artistic choices were excellent. I can see brush strokes of various sizes and colors in every part of the image. I also love that it isn't overly "blurred;" I can still deduce its origin as a floral image. Excellent result.   Posted: 06/11/2022 17:02:46

Jaci Finch   Jaci Finch
I am a flower lover and am amazed at the use of Topaz Studio. A program that I need to get in and learn. Beautiful flower.   Posted: 06/20/2022 15:50:54

Jaci Finch   Jaci Finch
I am a flower lover and am amazed at the use of Topaz Studio. A program that I need to get in and learn. Beautiful flower.   Posted: 06/20/2022 15:50:55

Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
Very artistic Trey. I will also look at Topaz studio to see if it could work for my artwork style. Well done.   Posted: 06/23/2022 03:28:44

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Trey, I love the unusual shape and light qualities you maintained in this art piece. The painting has just enough sharpness to convey a flower, but also has the softness of blended brush strokes with lovely bold strokes. Just lovely.
  Posted: 06/24/2022 20:02:20

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Trey, this image has such unusual-yet lovely-lighting which emanates from the side and rear. Throughout your post processing and painting procedures, you were able to keep that glow on this stunning floral scene. Really like this a lot!

PS: You made me chuckle when I got to your "TECH STUFF" for the photography part, because, to a botanist, the whole first part would have been 'tech stuff.'   Posted: 06/27/2022 14:49:49