>>:::<< welcoming summer
with a respectful surrender
spring blooms nap >>:::<<
Usually, our irises finish blooming before summer officially arrives. This year, a couple of our iris blooms, similar to the one in the above image, insisted on meeting the summer solstice. They have since retired for their long nap until next spring.
I have been clearly absent from blogging for a couple of weeks. An escalated roller coaster ride with my own health issues, as well as spending several days in the hospital with my mother due to a sudden and unexpected surgery left me with no time or energy for much of anything else. She is now at home with us recuperating from her surgery. But I’m able to pop in today for a quick post. Thank you so much for your patience.
I hope the new season is off to a wonderful start for you.
This image of an iris bloom is another photomanipulation I did to digitally convert a photo into the likeness of an old Japanese woodblock print. I also learned from fellow bloggers, Francine and Frizz, that the image is also called a “xyloglyph.”
This image of a single peony is another photomanipulation I did to digitally convert a photo into the likeness of an old Japanese woodblock print.
Single peonies are composed of one or more rows of a few broad petals, known as guard petals, which surround a center of pollen-bearing stamens, which in turn surround the pistil. I believe the name of this peony is Sea Shell. I like how delicate and silky the petals are, and how the formation of stamens and pistils looks like a birds nest.
This is a photomanipulation to digitally convert a photo into the likeness of an old Japanese woodblock print. I last posted one of these styles over a year ago. How time flies!
The image is of a double daffodil variety named Replete, one of my favorite types of daffodils. They are beautifully shaped blooms that are peach/pink with snow white. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by these beauties while enjoying a refreshing cocktail!
Walls whisper softly
Reconstruction fades voices
of many battles
When I was working in Osaka, Japan, I toured Osaka Castle (大阪城) just after it’s 1997 major renovation, and took the original photo during that visit. For the image, I used Photoshop Elements to create another old Japanese woodblock print style, with my own flare. Also, I added a texture to soften the image.
Here is the photo I started with, which was scanned from a negative:
An unclouded pose
Mirrored on artist’s canvas
This is another photomanipulation to digitally convert a photo into the likeness of an old Japanese woodblock print. The last one I did was posted back in October, and I was tempted to try another one. The original photo of this Steller’s Jay was taken at Bryce Canyon National Park. The description of the image is in English and Japanese (along the right side of the image).
I recently came across a blog called Dosankodebbie’s Etegami Notebook that really intrigued me and has inspired some creative juices to flow in a slightly different direction. It involves another form of traditional Japanese art called “etegami”. Etegami is a Japanese word which means picture message/letter, which are “simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words.” According to Dosankodebbie, the blog author, the size is generally 10cm by 14cm (roughly 4 inches by 6 inches). There needs to be both an image and words, and be mailable, like a postcard. There are few rules for etegami, which are traditionally done by hand. I have broken a rule already by producing a digital adaptation of etegami…..but…..I’m pursuing new creative avenues! If I size my image to 4×6 and print it, it would then be mailable. I have made many greetings cards from my photos and images in the past and mailed them.
Perusing her blog even more, I found that she has carved her own personalized Japanese hanko stamps that she uses on her artwork (click here). A hanko is a name stamp, or a name seal, which is pressed into a document or, in this case, artwork in red ink. It is a way to sign your name. Continue reading →
This photomanipulation was my first attempt at digitally converting a photo into the likeness of an old Japanese woodblock print. (The original photo was in my first post.) I wanted to see if I could do it, and this is the closest I got. I have done others, which are in line to be posted in this blog, and I included a more recent attempt in a previous posting here. If anyone has attempted this style, I would be interested in seeing it and learning new tips. I love the woodblock prints created by the Japanese masters and have one hanging in my house.