During January and February  there were these Styrofoam snowflakes hanging on a tree outside the old elementary school here in town. It was really cute. Every time I walked down that way or drove past I thought about getting some pictures when the light was better. One day before they took them down I finally lucked out– it was neither rainy, nor cloudy, nor grey, and the sunlight was hitting them just right.  I snapped these photos with the thought that it would make some nice greeting cards for new years or Christmas next year. The pictures turned out pretty good, and I was able to edit the background , color most of them blue with a lovely feature called tungsten, and then using a long drawn out many layered process in paint.net I was able to change the Styrofoam texture and consistency–making the snowflakes  icy , translucent, and glowing .
snowflakes by Dawna Morton
snowflakes by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

Large blue-tinted snowflakes hang suspended in the air in front of bare tree branches overhanging impressionistic fantasy-like mauve tinted snow flurries in the background.

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snowflake in blue by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue by Dawna Morton ~see it framed
A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue background laced with bare tree branches.

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snowflake in blue 2 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 2 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed
A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue background laced with bare tree branches.

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snowflakes in blue 3 by Dawna Morton
snowflakes in blue 3 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

Large snowflakes hang suspended in front of  a  blue background interlaced with bare tree branches.

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snowflake in blue 4 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 4 by Dawna Morton

A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue background interlaced with bare tree branches and back-lit with an ethereal blue light.

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Christmas snowflake in red and green by Dawna Morton

Christmas snowflake in red and green by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of a green background interlaced with bare red tinted tree branches .

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snowflake in blue 6 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 6 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large snowflake hangs suspended in front of bare tree branches with a blue background.

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spring snowflake by Dawna Morton
spring snowflake by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large snowflake with transparent icy edges glows a translucent white in front of a tree with red tinged leaves, one shaped like a bird perched on a branch, and surreal teal and magenta colors in the background–creating a scene reminiscent of one last snowfall before the full onset of spring.

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snowflake in blue 8 by Dawna Morton
snowflake in blue 8 by Dawna Morton ~see it framed

A large semi-transparent icy snowflake hangs suspended in front of a blue forest background with an impressionistic texture resembling large flakes of snow drifting downward through a dark moonlight sky. Abstract semitransparent shapes create an apparition of wood nymphs and sprites in the lower left of this ethereal scene.

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Snowflake in Blue 8 at fineartamerica

Towards then end of this batch of photos  I came across a floral photo on Redbubble I thought was pretty phenomenal, and when I went to look at it closer the photographer in question listed “texture by skeletal mess” and her original photo shown along side it without the texture. The texture, applied in a semi transparent layer  made all the difference between an average good photo and something that really stood out as amazing.  I searched for and found Skeletal Mess on the internet, and while he offers a large number of  really good free textures and some tutorials on how to use them– I wanted  to create and use my own rather than borrowing the work of somebody else. I have had some fun finding things around the house with interesting abstract patterns and textures to get close up shots of.

I incorporated several of these textures into snowflake in blue #8, with some lovely results. Interestingly enough these particular textures are the result of my teenager’s interpretation of my instructions regarding how to clean the iron skillet. Apparently the part about putting a little water in the bottom and boiling it dry really meant to fill the pan up to the brim  and have fun standing there watching the steam clouds while allowing it to boil over and splash all over the stove too. lol. Anyway, either he did not scrub it good enough or there were some minerals in the water and it made this interesting white splotchy pattern along the sides in  addition to the patterns it left all over the stove by the time he was done. My kids were pretty incredulous when I started taking pictures of it. They kept saying, “Mom, why are you standing on top of the stove?!?” the answer of course is that when using my macro lens you have to be a little further away, and it was the only way to get the shots of the patterns on the stove top. I think they thought mom had finally gone loony.

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