I was asked to provide a picture for a forthcoming auction party that benefits the Medford Leas Arboretum, and flowers were suggested. I reviewed my file of flower pictures and came up with a few candidates. This one seemed right to me for spring color.
I’ve always been fond of it because of the bunching together of all those colors. And, it has a history. On a 2004 waterways cruise of Holland and its bulbs and bulb places we wound up in Amsterdam for a couple of days. We lunched one day at an outdoor cafe right across the street from the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s principal art museum, which was our post-luncheon destination.
That bowl of tulips was on a table at our cafe, and its picture came home with me. Since then I’ve sold a few copies of it and it graces my own walls in (where else) my garden room. So, now, what to do with it. I’m still feeling the effects of Karen Messick’s presentation at the Photo Bash a week ago (see the previous post below). Her subject was impressionism. I’ve ventured there a few times but it is now to be a more frequent destination. So, I brought the tulips into Photoshop and fired up Topaz’s filter program, Impression. After some work and experimenting here is the result which I printed on canvas to enhance the effect:
With a white frame and a royal blue mat the canvas is beautiful.
Sigh…in love again. I might have to bid on it myself.