Mandarin Orange Monday 37

Another beautiful tree at Sydney’s Callan Park. It stands directly in front of the main entrance of the Sydney College of the Arts, which was originally built as  an “asylum”. This old tree is slightly assymmetrical now but still manages to stand by itself. A similar tree in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens now, sadly, needs props.
This week I tried to keep the processing simple, using default Photoshop filters. However I did  use  Nik and Topaz for the final six abstractions.
I am afraid my posts on LorikArt have been rather infrequent lately – due to family issues (as you know, the recent loss of my father) and more recently my son being ill in hospital. I am relieved and happy to say  he is now recovering and home with his wife and little Matthew. 
As you would all agree, making art is a wonderful therapy – and so I have been able to continue with MoM and playing with images.
Desaturated. PS Photo Filter Warming 85 (preserve luminosity)
Increased Saturation of Red and Yellow (50%)
Increased Vibrance
PS Filter – Ink Outlines
Desaturated. PS Photo Filter Warming 85 (preserve luminosity)
Increased Saturation of Red and Yellow (50%)
Increased Vibrance
PS Filter – Ink Outlines
Desaturated. PS Photo Filter Warming 85 (preserve luminosity)
Increased Saturation of Red and Yellow (50%)
Increased Vibrance
PS Filter – Ink Outlines
Desaturated. PS Photo Filter Warming 85 (preserve luminosity)
Increased Saturation of Red and Yellow (50%)
Increased Vibrance
PS Filter – Ink Outlines
Nik Color Efex Filter – Poloroid Transfer
Topaz Clean Filter – Stylised Details
PS Increased Vibrance, Selective Colour, Hue Saturation.
Fill Cyan – Colour Dodge.
Square selected and isolated. 
Abstraction 1. Nik Color Efex Filter – Detail Styliser
Abstraction 2. Topaz Filter – Simplify – Sketch Color.
Increase Vibrance
Abstraction 3. Combine Abstractions 1 and 2.
Abstraction 1 (Nik) layer at 50% transparency.

So once again welcome to Mandarin Orange Monday. Your work last week was really exciting and most inspiring. It is great to see people “playing” and experimenting. I did manage to visit everyone this week too:) 




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29 thoughts on “Mandarin Orange Monday 37

  1. It is a gorgeous tree and great to work with as I can see from what you accomplished. I am glad your son is so much better. Hope it will stay that way. Thanks for hosting this great meme.

  2. Beautiful tree is an understatement … and I love your edits. I especially love the close-ups of the intricate branches. Just amazing …So glad things are getting better for your son … I am sure his wife and child are glad to have him home. And I feel for you … it is hard to watch your child struggle no matter what age. You know Bonnie has taken a break from PAF and we will all wait for her … you could do the same if you thought you needed it. We aren't going anywhere :) Be well, LoriAndrea @ From The Sol

  3. I am sorry for your loss, but yes art heals in so many ways. Glad your son is improving too.I love the topaz clean filter tree! I am always so amazed at how you can take a simple item and show it in so many ways!

  4. Hello Lori, afraid I haven't been round for a while ~ life ~ so very sorry for the personal difficulties in your life, but sounds like the sun is starting to shine again for you. Take care, and like Andrea said, it's OK to take a break for a while if you need too, mind you seems your art sustains you too:) Cheers Jane

  5. I love the orange transformation you did with the tree branches. I did a digital collage in honor of my college age daughter, but her university color is maroon. Her rivaling university's color is burnt orange. Hence, I did a doodling piece with orange touches for this week's entry. Blessings!

  6. I just love this tree. Your edits are amazing. I especially like the close ups of the (leaves)? and the branches. What kind of tree is it? I've never seen it before.It's good to hear that your son is doing better now and back home. I agree with Andrea. No matter how old our children get, it hurts to see them hurting.I also agree that art has such wonderful healing properties. When I "play" on my laptop, I get lost in time.You have a fabulous day now. Hugs, Edna B.

  7. I love old trees, especially this one; so full of twists and turns and texture… just like life, I find it's an amazing journey to flow with changes. Your beautiful artwork expresses it well, thank you.

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