Wake up to a French countryside morning… in California
a bed of pink peonies
Did you notice these peonies are different from the ones I made previously? They have a bud in the center 🙂 I went to Costco this weekend and saw some real ones. My God, it was the first time I could remember looking at real peonies in person, and they are so beautiful beyond description. The day before， I thought my paper peony was beautiful. But it was nothing compared to the real thing! What a humbling experience it is to see, touch and smell the flowers! When X asked if I wanted to buy some, I said no. I am never sure how to deal with beauty that is transient like cut flowers. One day, I want to have a garden and plant some myself.
Well, I meant to say, the gorgeous peonies I saw all have buds! So I came home and tried to re-create what I discovered. I made the bud using a piece of crepe paper wrapped around a cotton ball.
Recovering from a hang-over
I tried making a new kind of peonies today. This time, it is made of tissue paper.
Tissue paper peony vs. crepe paper peony
The best thing about this method is the color. These flowers are made from colored tissue paper, but I partially bleached it to create the natural color gradient in the petals using techniques learned from this tutorial. Basically, dip one end of a short roll of pink tissue paper in bleach, then hang to dry.
The problem with the 50mm lens is that my arm is too short to hold the flowers far enough to focus. So, please excuse the foot 🙂
At this point, X decided that my pose was too unsightly, so he reluctantly offered to help (while watching the Mavericks vs. Heat game intently).
I tried to make a bouquet. I think these colors go pretty together.
By the time I finished taking these bouquet shots, Mavericks defeated the Heat and won the championship!!! (My hand model immediately went on strike to celebrate the victory). So my shooting session ended on a high note.
We are so very happy for Dirk Nowitzki. Congratulations! He deserves it!