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Summer in a jug

mouse-over for before view. It’s been a wonderful summer here in southern New Zealand, in fact a record breaking one temperature wise. My garden has certainly loved the extra warmth, I’ve had a bumper crop of tomatoes and more cucumbers than I know what to do with, and the pumpkin has gone berserk,  as a […]


mouse-over for before view. It’s been far too long since our last before/after photo and texture recipe blog post! Time has been short of late as we’ve been busy with many other projects. Hopefully we’ll be blogging a bit more frequently in the future though. It’s late spring here in southern New Zealand and the […]

Late Roses

mouse-over for before view. These are almost the last roses of the season and what a wonderful summer and autumn it’s been here too with sunny days, mild temperatures and not as much rain as usual. Winter has arrived today though as has the rain! Roll on spring! This has very simple processing and the […]


mouse-over for before view. It’s been a while since we’ve had some floral prettiness here on the blog!  This was taken in our New Zealand spring a few months back. The flowers grow over the fence just down the hill from where I live and I couldn’t resist picking a sprig while passing, I’ve no […]

Winter Rose

It’s been a while..sorry! Blame holidays and suchlike. You’ll be pleased to know spring is finally starting to spring here in southern New Zealand (though it doesn’t feel much like it today)! There’s not a great deal in flower in my garden yet, but the Hellebores more commonly called winter roses are in flower, they […]


  Thought it was time for some more roses to brighten up the blog pages. These are my old favourites Cecile Brunner which are looking particularly beautiful in the garden at the moment, I simply added an old open book et voila! In other news Nat from Webucator Photoshop Training has produced a wonderful and […]

Pink roses

  These Clair Matin roses are looking particularly beautiful in the garden at the moment in their second flush of flowers for the season so I couldn’t resist picking a few for some photos and also to bring some of their colour and fragrance indoors. I kept the processing fairly light this time to allow […]


  I love spring and I love violets, in fact I love all flowers but they’re much better if they’re fragrant. This is one of several photos I took of this little vase of flowers, I’m so glad I turned around and took a couple of photos into the light, yes, that’s a window in […]

Golden Daisies

Daisies After

  We hope you’re all enjoying the new August Painterly pack as much as we are? Feel free to post examples of your work on our Facebook page or in our Flickr Flypaper group, we love seeing what you’re doing with our textures, or tell us what you think under the blog posts, we love […]

Sweet Peas

Sweet peas, I love them!  When I was coming home from a walk yesterday afternoon, I ran into a neighbour who was cutting back her sweet peas which grow on a  fence by the footpath and asked if I could have some seeds as hers are particularly nice ones and have looked wonderful for the […]


Another small scented treasure that’s flowering in my garden at the moment. Lily-of-the-valley is one of my favourite flowers and I look forward to its season every year.  It’s amazing how such a small flower can give so much fragrance, a tiny sprig can fill a room with it’s scent. Now the processing, I didn’t […]

Vase of Lisianthus

After a hectic summer working non-stop, I decided to treat myself by reinvesting my earnings in a Photographic lighting studio set-up. Its still very basic. (more about that next time) And as Canon 5D had no flash I had to buy one. At least i’m ready for those darker Autumnal months! I painted my top […]


It’s been a while since we updated the blog, we’ve both been busy with other things.  I’ve been trying to get my garden organised amongst other things, I spent some of today planting my vegetable garden, I’m looking forward to heirloom rainbow carrots this season along with golden globe beetroot and celeriac, providing they grow […]


I was thrilled to find these still in flower in my garden a couple of weeks back, usually I’d have to wait till spring to see them but our winter here in Dunedin has been relatively mild so far, but as the old saying goes “as the days grow longer, the cold grows stronger” and […]

Ode to Spring

Tulips are such elegant flowers and in a way I’d love to be able to grow them en-masse like this, but massed bedding displays don’t really suit my style of gardening as I garden by the “overflowing and abundance” cottage garden method. Thankfully the botanic gardens just down the road has wonderful spring bulb displays […]

Blue and White

You know that spring is well and truly here when the grape hyacinths or muscari are in flower.  I photographed this bunch in my newly purchased “little white jug” bought especially (and cheaply too I must add) for photographic purposes, I was imagining a bunch of roses in it when I spied it on the […]


Some soft pastel prettiness to start the week. Flowers are in short supply here at the end of our New Zealand winter but spring can’t be far away, I noticed a solitary crocus in flower in my garden the other day, which reminds me I must go and check to see if the snowdrops are […]

Cherry Blossoms

This is a simple version of the desaturated Cherry Blossom image I have up on Flickr. I’m not showing the full version’s recipe because it incorporates a new texture from the upcoming pack! We hope to complete the new pack soon, so please watch this space! To get this look, I first polarized the sky, […]

New Dawn

One from a while back when my roses were in full bloom, there are still some late season flowers but summer is gone for another year. The soft pink of the New Dawn rose and a blue sponge-ware jug are a great combination in my eyes! I decided to process this softly…I couldn’t really do […]

sweet peas

These sweet peas were growing over a neighbours fence and I appropriated a few flowers on my way past for photographic purposes. *notes to self to remember to plant some seeds next year*. Processed as follows: Curves layer to adjust the contrast Archival canvas @ multiply 67% Shargreen Bone @ soft light 100% Apple Blush […]


I never know what to write about my flower photos here, landscapes are much easier to write about 🙂 So today you’ll just get the processing recipe. I decided on the soft treatment on these roses, I did have more textures to start with, archival canvas and apple blush etc but I decided I liked […]


I’ve been offline for the last few days while my computer was upgraded. The upgrade (basically a new computer) was done by my son and it didn’t go as smoothly as expected -the two hours he quoted me turned into almost two days. The house has never looked tidier!! Now that I’m up and running […]


It’s strange how you can work on an image for hours and not get it looking quite right so you give up and do something else (or in my case go to bed) and then the next day open it and add some different textures and within moments you have something that works. Thankfully this […]


More lavender, this time with the beautiful pink blooms of New Dawn rose in the background. New Dawn is a particularly vigorous rose which is smothered in soft pink flowers when it’s in full bloom. This leant itself to soft processing so I tried out a new combo of textures this time. Ordinance Map @ […]