Turning neglect of my raspberry plants into art. Heavy grain and an antique finish pulled these prints together. Blurring the lines between photography and art. There are 3 prints in this set.
Sometimes you can pull inspiration from a negative situation like I did with this set of growing inspiration prints. When you can look at something that makes you upset and find something good in it, the world becomes a better place.
Growing Inspiration Collection
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How the Prints Came About
The other night I walked through my yard and was sickened at the shape it was in. I’ve been so wrapped up in a rollercoaster of emotions, revamps and restructures that I let things slide on the home front. Currently, I have Japanese beetles and planthoppers everywhere I look.
As I sat deep in thought, as I do with most of life’s woos I tried to find a positive. Let’s face it, life can get you down and make you beat yourself up. In truth, a person doesn’t need to go there, but we do at times. When you are, you just don’t need to stay there.
How Can You Not Laugh A Little At This?
The first sight after my deep thought – those guys above. How could you not have a little laugh when you see this? Cause you know the Japanese beetles have to be multiplying somehow. Proof positive, they are.
Still, my raspberry patch is overgrown, basil is flowering and between the dogs eating their fill of the raspberries and the beetles having their way with the leaves, well let’s just say the plants look terrible.
Then, I found this little guy pictured below. He was pretty cool. I Instagrammed him because I hadn’t a clue what he was. He is a planthopper, thanks to the ID from a fellow instafriend and bug-loving soul.. Even though he was a new to me bug, he isn’t supposed to be there. Ugh!
While turning my head sideways a few times looking for a different angle to shoot those buggers at, I notice that the Swiss cheese holes they had created were actually very pretty. I turned my attention from the nasty critter I was photographing, to the leaves.
Just a side note in case you ever have an insect issue. I use Garden Safe Neem Oil because it is safe for all plants, including your edibles. It is organic, takes care of many garden pests and it doubles to wipe out most fungal diseases. Just ordered another bottle because what I have left will not cover all my plants. UGH!!
Growing Inspiration From Leaves
That is where the magic happened. The negative thoughts went right out the window. I knew how I wanted to shoot the leaves and also that the processing was going to be an overly grainy, antiqued finish. I sometimes believe it is odd that I can envision the finished product in my head before I have even have started.
Sometimes the visions do not work out as intended, excellent thought process, terrible execution. Perhaps that is why I beat myself up on occasion and look for outside for validation. You can’t get validation on a feeling. I’ve had to learn this the hard way. You feel it. Looking for validation from an outside source doesn’t make the feeling that you felt right or wrong.
It took me a while to understand that you have to own that feeling. When asking for validation online or in the public eye you are opening yourself up for hurt.
The feeling isn’t about how I process my digital art. Most of the time it is about the raw emotion that went into creating that piece. When asking for validation all I am doing is setting myself up for hurt.
I’m finally at a comfort level with my two distinctly different forms of photography and digital art. I’m learning that it is even ok to talk about the emotion that went into creating a piece. Something that is a relatively new concept for me. I share a lot. Just not always the emotion. It was drilled into my head a few years back that sharing emotion through speech was wrong. Guess what, it isn’t. It is an emotion that drives an artist. Kill the emotion, kill the art.
When you share the emotion with others maybe they will relate. Maybe not so much. Own it. Share it. Don’t make excuses for what you feel today. That is what you felt. Tomorrow, it may be different.