Floral Motifs For Friday

Beauty can surprise us as it peeps up just as we were about to discard it. Just have a Look! My bouquet, well and truly long spent and past its prime should have been binned more than a week ago.

pink Floral macro photograph, debiriley.com
Floral Friday


“Finely Aged,”  my flowers and leaves were falling off by the hour, making a right royal mess all over the kitchen table.   But, I delayed. It was sent by a loved one and I just couldn’t bear to part with it yet….


pink lily flower, macro photography, debiriley.com
Lily Center


Floral Beauty in Trash

Later this afternoon, I’d resolved that it was ‘trash time’ for my once glorious floral beauty.

However, before that final step I wanted to try to get some photographs as  ‘Keepsake Memories.’

You never never know, I might get lucky and get a nice floral motif shot.

And I don’t mind things that are imperfect, aged, withered, impermanent… as you might guess from my Zen series!


aged bouquet purple flowers, macro photo, debiriley.com
Fine Aged, Bouquet

I quite liked the complementary color pairing here with the violet purple and yellow green together. Along with a nice balance of soft and sharp edges, it intrigues.



To Simply… Play

The purple, lilacs, and pinky nuances of the photos made my artist’s hands itch within to create with some real tools!  So from a collage of photos and memory and feeling….. I began to play.

Just to explore some colors, media, and floral motif ideas.

To simply play.

It didn’t have to meet any criteria.


Floral motif, lilac purple painting, debiriley.com
Floral Motif

I played with watercolor and watersoluble inks.   Also, drawing with inks on a photocopied drawing on Masa paper.

Then using hard and soft pastels to color and emphasize specific areas.  Next I did some creative cropping.

I do love the square format.   Whacked it into the computer and revved up the saturation and contrast a bit.  Played with some details in there and recropped it.

It still has potential for more –  but for now I’ll just leave it.



A Bit Graphic

foliage in Lilac, digital painting, debiriley.com
Foliage In Lilac


Then,  in a purple mood,  leftover from Vibrant VIOLET,   I grabbed a foliage photo and recreated the image into a more graphic style with lilac dominant.

Just for fun, for Friday’s Photos.








  1. Your closeups of the flowers are amazing, I love all the crinkles in the purple flowers . I especially like the graphic depiction of flowers. Thanks for sharing your creative thoughts today, Debi 😄

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  2. Look at you “working” that camera and computer – yours skills are growing by the day. I love the intricacy of the first photo. Isn’t it amazing what our eyes are opened to through the lens of a camera. It really causes us to look at not only at things we might otherwise just past by, but look at ordinary things in a different way – making them EXTRAordinary! 🙂

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  3. Your macros are SO good, Debi. Please invest in you and follow through what we have been talking about. You will never regret it. My hubs just piped in and said it is the best investment I have ever made. So he is cheering you on too! 🙂 ❤

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