Nature and Being Arty

I am most definitely NOT artistic! Ask me to draw a tree and I will opt for the lollipop version. Ask me to draw a cat and it will be unrecognizable, probably resembling a mouse or teddy bear more than anything feline!

But I do believe a camera and image editor allow almost anyone to be “arty”…

So, just for fun, here’s my attempt!











How about you?

Have you ever played around with your photos?

Give it a go – it’s fun!


73 thoughts on “Nature and Being Arty

    • Thanks Michael. πŸ˜€ It is still mild and damp here – perfect for the moss which I fear will cover the whole house as well soon! (Our roof is getting greener by the day!)

    • The original pansy was deep red, before I played around with the colours! πŸ˜‰ I wish I could tell you its name, but pansies are never labelled here… no gardening culture in Bavaria I’m afraid!

    • I think black and white can produce lovely effects on the simplest photos… might have to play around with that more in the future. Thanks Charlie!

  1. One of my sweet pleasures in life is taking photographs! I’m not sure if I’m arty, but it certainly makes me happy. Great captures of a moment in time in your garden, my favorite is the first image!

  2. I just love the green pansy! I think that would be gorgeous framed! An eye-catcher, for sure. I haven’t really spent any time with some of the more creative editing tools. Thanks for the nudge in that direction. It would be fun! πŸ™‚

    • I think “art” is something I will never really understand – but if it’s fun I’m all for trying! An art teacher once convinced me that anyone can paint and got me to make a picture… after he’d praised it I actually hung it up for a while, but I soon decided he had just been a very kind man and took it down again!

  3. That last iamge of the lichen on a branch is beautiful. Just the thing for a cold winter day. I’m not so fond of the green pansy, I don’t like dyed flowers either but the idea is fun.

    • I’m not keen on dyed flowers either – the blue ericas they sell here in autumn are the worst! Although this green could almost be real… πŸ˜‰

  4. The images are beautiful. I rarely “play” with mine probably because I am artistically challenged and even have problems arranging flowers. Gives me encouragement! The green pansy is great, I’d never have tried that.

    • Don’t be afraid to try! I am also hopeless at arranging flowers… in fact I rarely attempt it because I’m never happy with the results. I must try harder this year though… Practice makes perfect!

  5. I can’t draw either, I went on a drawing course recently and just had the terrible urge to throw myself on the floor in the manner of a two year old. The image is my head but the end of the pencil produces a nonsense. I think its about practise and patience. Photography is definitely an art, its very rewarding and your images are lovely, I really like the reflection in the water droplet and the stars of moss.

    • I can imagine how you felt! It’s very frustrating – practice is certainly a key, but I sometimes wish I had just an inkling of talent too! With a camera I can’t really do too much wrong! πŸ˜‰

    • I think I prefer natural images too Annette. Nevertheless it’s interesting to see just what a click can change! The removal of colour can also make it easier to focus on other aspects in a picture more closely.

  6. So much depends on how you define “arty”. All the pictures in this post still strike me as naturalistic (to borrow the word Annette used two comments back), with the effects seeming to come from closeness and point of view rather than image-editing tricks. That could describe my approach, too, as you know, but once in a rare while I have some fun and give free rein to manipulation, as in:

    Like you, I can’t draw at all, so photography, even decades before the digital era, served as an artistic outlet for me. There are people who claim that anyone can learn to draw, but I’m not convinced.

    • I agree – drawing is a talent I envy. In Japan the children learn to “draw”…. ask a class to draw a cat for example and you will get 20 identical pictures! I love the Van Gogh “effect” in your sunflowers picture Steve.

    • I use IrfanView Susie, which I believe is a free one. The sharpening feature is useful as I so often get shots that aren’t clear enough for my liking!

    • Hi Dana – nice to hear from you! It’s one of those things I’d been meaning to do for ages so I’m glad I’ve tried it out – hope you get a chance to try it soon too! πŸ˜€

  7. Like the photos – I think the ivy leaves were my favourite (but all fascinating!). I thought at first that the pansy was the little viola called ‘Irish Molly’ (without the black face and the overtones of gold). I’ll have a go myself now.

    • The ivy leaves were actually changed the least of all the photos Cathy, so maybe that’s why you liked them! That viola sounds very interesting – I didn’t know there really is a green one.It’s fun changing the colours around!

    • That was my aim… wish I could have got the reflection a bit bigger, but it was actually a frozen raindrop that was rapidly melting as the sun came out!

  8. Cathy, you a r e arty! I like best the blue picture “branch with waterdrop”. And I like your beautiful header!

    • Thanks Elisabeth! The raindrop was still semi-frozen in the frost we had the other day, but it was melting rapidly, so the “art” of being quick was useful! πŸ˜‰

  9. Some striking images Cathy especially the black and white and sepia. All the photos I have of my childhood are all in black and white. I read a quote recently by the artist Paul Klee ; “All drawings are just a line going for a walk” but somehow I’ve always found it more complicated than that. All gardeners are artists though:)

  10. You may not consider yourself arty, but you sure do have a good eye! Trust me, there are plenty of people out there who can’t see a great picture even when it’s sitting there in front of them (I’m one of those people πŸ™‚ I’m sure there’s some art in my garden, but I can’t get past the point and shoot and hope for the best stage.
    I probably would have flicked the ice droplet off the branch before even noticing the reflected world inside!

    • LOL!
      Well thanks Frank! I haven’t mastered anything much beyond the auto function on my camera, but I really enjoy taking photos so maybe that’s the key…

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