I love ageratum, with their wonderful, shaggy flower heads and took many shots of them at the Berkshire Botanical Garden last September. This one had all kinds of personality, and I really went to town playing with it.

The main painted effect comes from a layer of Filter Forge 4 Sketchy Paint, duplicated and set to soft light at reduced opacity, plus a low-opacity layer of Snap Art 4 Oil Paint (custom settings) and two textures from French Kiss Artiste – Flower Garden and LaDanse.

Nikon D700 with Nikon 105mm micro lens

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I am a photographer living in Massachusetts and my passion is flowers. I take the time to reveal the special beauty of each flower and I hope that comes through as you look at my work.

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Comments

  • Susan Werby
    Susan Werby9 months ago

    The enchanted garden of pink surprises, Anita… Small surprises can act as strongly as big ones… I do love the effect you created here…dreamy with the feel of aquatics…fave

  • Wow, you are so quick, Susan – I just put this up! Thank you so much for your lovely comments and the fave, and yes, small surprises can bring great joy! I think the drabness of winter put me in the mood to create something wild and colorful!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...9 months ago

    You set the colors to dancing in this one! Wild and crazy can be a very good thing, especially if it dispels the winter grays. :) I like the effects on the background. I feel as if I’m looking through frosted glass. Fun stuff!

  • “Set the colors to dancing” – I love that! Yes wild and crazy works well on a dreary, rainy winter’s day like today, although at least it isn’t snow! Thanks for your delightful comment and the fave, Celeste!

    – Anita Pollak

  • billfox256
    billfox2569 months ago

    Wonderful treatment on this beautiful capture!!! Bill

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Bill!

    – Anita Pollak

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep9 months ago

    Don’t often see an ageratum…Very original work!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments and the fave, Gena – Ageratum blossoms are so very cool and fun to play with!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Tammera
    Tammera9 months ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Tammera – I really appreciate it!

    – Anita Pollak

  • trish725
    trish7259 months ago

    Beautiful!

  • Thank you so much for the feature and the fave, Trish – I really appreciate both!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Susan Werby
    Susan Werby9 months ago

    Okay, Anita…snow is coming our way and I needed another hint of warm spring with this one…already commented and previously faved or I would do it again!!! Thank you for warming my soul…

  • Oh, you are such a sweetheart to come back and leave this lovely comment! It looks like another storm where you’ll be getting snow but we won’t – it has been a very strange winter!

    Thanks again and stay warm!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...9 months ago

    Absolutely stunning work!! I just love the texturing – have you put this on the Flickr group page?

    Creation is having a special challenge. Give the Gift of Art! To be entered, work must be nominated by another member of the group, and I am nominating you! I hope you’ll enter this OUTSTANDING work!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and the nomination! Can I put it in the Flickr group even if I used techniques not covered in the class?

    – Anita Pollak

  • MINDSET
    MINDSET9 months ago

    I like this a lot……

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Mindset!

    – Anita Pollak

  • PictureNZ
    PictureNZ8 months ago

    A fantastic image Anita. Faved

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments and the fave!

    – Anita Pollak

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