Pink Iris Family
By Omaste Witkowski
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~Albert Einstein
My garden is a favorite place of mine. I create and I nurture and I enjoy. I love the spring blooms and bright colors. The whole cycle is such a treat and I look forward to every new year and what it will bring. You never know what will come back and what will be new.
These particular pink Irises are an heirloom variety that came from my Mom's house. She inherited them from a family that had land in this valley for years prior to us moving here. These flowers have been transplanted many times and their lineage lives on. It is my treat to capture and present their beauty to a wider audience and I hope you enjoy them.
This image is part of a new series of mine. I am enjoying making Watercolor paintings out of my photographs. They are a bit softer and more Impressionistic that other work that I have done so far. It is always fun for me to try something new and see what happens.....
This photograph was taken in Winthrop Wa (Washington State), in the beautiful Methow Valley. The Methow is a small jewel of an area not too far from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest. Okanogan County is such a great place to live for all of the sunshine and outdoors recreation.
My garden in the spring is a magical place to be. Here in Winthrop this flower will show up in about June depending on where exactly you live. Twisp, Winthrop, Mazama and Carlton each have their own time when it blooms. Seattle has a much longer growing season than we do.
I started with a digital photograph and used a HDR process to tone map the light. Then I applied a finishing oil paint layer to add texture to the overall image. I did some tonal work to even out the colors and make them realistic to what I was seeing in nature but not excessively.
I am interested in photography as an "unusual" or "unique" image making process. In other words I enjoy starting with a photograph of an ordinary scene or subject and then I try to make it my own by adding unusual processing techniques. I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as i enjoy creating it.
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June 11th, 2013
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