Urban Kimono

It doesn't take long to realize that DC is an urban landscape under construction. In autumn, leaves of every color and description are swept up by the wind and captured by the metal fencing around building sites. This kimono evokes the unexpected beauty of this common phenomena.  

The veins of the leaf were highlighted by placing the leaf on an iPad at full brightness using the Zen Brush app as a background before capture with the iPhone. Voila! a light box! 

Apps: 6x6, Filterstorm, iColorama, Superimpose



All the colors in this image were taken from a single leaf found on the sidewalk near Dupont Circle.

Apps: 6x6, Filterstorm (color picker), Superimpose


Late Autumn - Sidewalk Shibori

It's the end of November and the autumn leaves start to become etched in the sidewalk. Sometimes a leaf gets caught on the curb cuts and looks like a new, abstract version of the old shibori patterns created centuries ago by artisans along the old Tokaido Road. 

It's amazing how many colors are in a leaf at the end of its life cycle. The border was made from all the hues I extracted from the leaf itself using the color picker in Filterstorm.  (It's more fun to do this in Procreate with a Pogo Connect stylus, but the resolution is too low!)

Apps: Hipstamatic, Filterstorm, Scratchcam, Retouch, Superimpose


Koi in the window

The background for these fanciful koi came from a snapshot of the venetian blinds in my window, “app-ed” into a smooth blue wave. Kanji symbol from thejapaneseconnection.com

Apps: 6x6, Popsicolor, Superimpose, Filterstorm, Picture Effects, PhotoStudio


Garden Kimono

First kimono celebrating the bounty of the harvest. Much fun using the blending modes in Superimpose and the double exposure filter in Filterstorm.

Apps: 6x6, Snapseed, Filterstorm, Superimpose



In the 70's, textile artists who adopted the kimono shape as part of the emerging art-to-wear movement often used themes like the Statue of Liberty, the Southwest, or even Mickey Mouse. Here I have chosen the salt & pepper shaker as a typical, unexpected western object. 

The color and shape of this image was also informed by both the American patchwork quilt and the indigo dyed fabrics used in traditional Japanese garments.  And... the amazing work of iphoneographer Souichi Furusho.

Apps: 6x6, Hipstamatic, Superimpose, PhotoStudio HD, Blender, Filterstorm, Picture Effects

Kanji stencil from thejapaneseconnection.com


Bamboo #3: Lion Dancer

Still intrigued with wrapping images around the original six dried bamboo stalks. This time, a Kabuki lion dancer doll, with poignant results.

Apps: 6x6, Superimpose, Blender, Filterstorm, Retouch, Photo Studio HD (frame)


Still Life: Bamboo + 3

Same six stalks of dried bamboo in a new arrangement paired with an image of 3 stones discovered on a ledge outside our cottage door in Inverness, CA.

Apps: 6x6, Hipstamatic (John S lens, BlacKeys Supergrain film), Snapseed, Filterstorm, Blender


Double Bamboo

In Japanese culture, the bamboo is an elegant symbol of strength and flexibility, wisdom in emptiness, usefulness through simplicity. The image of these bamboo leaves was captured on a hilltop in Inverness; the dried bamboo poles came from (I confess!) a local hardware store.

Kanji character outline from thejapaneseconnection.com

Apps: 6x6, Superimpose, Snapseed, Filterstorm, Picture Effects, Scratchcam


Bamboo Kimono

This image plays with the subtle pale yellow color of bamboo when it is dried, especially the stalks of the plant and the border. Background image is a shingle covered in beautiful yellow moss from the side of our cottage up on a hilltop in Inverness.

Kanji character from thejapaneseconnection.com

Apps: 6x6, Filterstorm, Retouch, Popsicolor, Moku Hanga, Superimpose, Picture Effects, ToonPaint


Wave Kimono

These koi were part of a traditional Japanese folk motif and called for a special background. I created the wave from an image of the Spanish Steps in Washington, DC near the Textile Museum, where I was inspired by the kimonos in their collection.

Apps: 6x6, Filterstorm, Superimpose, Juxtaposer, Picture Effects, Moku Hanga, Scratchcam


Koi Kimono

Koi are symbols of friendship and love in Japan. The delicate washes that make the koi in this image so luminous were created with my favorite new app, Popsicolor.

Apps: 6x6, Popsicolor, Filterstorm, Snapseed, Scratchcam, Superimpose 


Doll face kimono

The kimono shape is a versatile canvas for whatever interesting images come my way.

Apps: 6x6, Filterstorm, Snapseed, Scratchcam, Superimpose, Moku Hanga, Diptic



In Tokyo, Ginza is an upscale shopping district. In DC, Ginza is a lovely boutique in Dupont Circle with all things Japanese. This image is my interpretation of their beautiful merchant tansu.

Apps: Hipstamatic, Filterstorm, Scratchcam, Superimpose


Wabi Sabi II

This kimono was created on the train from DC to NYC. There was great freedom in knowing from the start that the result would be imperfect.

Apps: Filterstorm, Scratchcam, Artista Oil, Snapseed, WordFoto, Superimpose


Wabi Sabi

This kimono isn't perfect, but I just like the wabi-sabi nature of it.

Apps: Filterstorm, Superimpose, Touch Retouch, Snapseed, Artista Oil, Scratchcam


Step Kimono

It was great fun to assemble this kimono from a Hipstamatic image of the steps leading to the garden at Croydon Hall in Somerset.

Apps: Hipstamatic (John S lens and BlacKeys Supergrain film), Filterstorm, Pic Grunger, Juxtaposer, Scratchcam


Barn Kimono II

Up close, the side of the barn revealed a native calligraphy suited more to a Japanese fabric than a structure for housing hay bales. 

Apps: Hipstamatic, Filterstorm, Pic Grunger, Juxtapose, Superimpose


Barn Kimono

 A hay barn set beside a quintessential English hedge row in Somerset was captured with Hipstamatic (Ina 69 and John S lens) and used in this version of a kimono.

Apps: Hipstamatic, Filterstorm, Juxtaposer, Superimpose



An image of the Spanish Steps on S Street down from the Textile Museum was the inspiration for this abstract contemporary kimono.  Luckily, the late afternoon dappled sunlight provided a pattern for the obi and the trim on the sleeves. Base and stamp images were both taken with Hipstamatic (an old standby but my new fave) using BlacKey's Super Grain film and the John S lens for high contrast b&w. 

Apps: Hipstamatic, Juxtaposer, Filterstom, PicGrunger


Meridian Park

Meridian Park is a hidden gem you can access at the corner of 16th and W, NW.  Multiple elevations inspired to me continue my experiment with repurposing steps as elements in an abstract design.

Apps: Juxtaposer, Filterstorm


Spanish Steps

Grabbed an image walking down the Spanish Steps from S Street toward Dupont Circle and popped it into my new favorite app for a special effect.

App: Juxtaposer



Flowers often achieve a new beauty at the end of their life-cycle. This tulip was even more lovely as it fell from the stalk and rested on the ground.

Apps: Filterstorm



Spring is going by in a flash and the tulips have come and almost gone. This lovely blossom sighted on 24th & M probably peaked yesterday, but this morning it was still quite beautiful.

Apps: Snapseed, Filterstorm, PicGrunger, Blender, Retouch


100th spring

A few hardy originals still remain of the cherry trees gifted to the US by Japan in 1912. They and all the newbies put on another spectacular show around the Tidal Basin last week. This image, inspired by an old Japanese screen, was taken on the first day of spring!

Apps: Filterstorm, Blender, PicGrunger, Retouch


New Pansies

It's spring, and new pansies are popping up everywhere. Here's a tribute to this plucky little flower.

Apps: Filterstorm, Snapseed, Blender, PhotoForge, Rays



This red and white lily is one of 60,000 plants gracing the US Botanic Garden, a paradise for flora-philes since 1850. 

Apps: Blender, Artista HaikuHD, Filterstorm, PhotoForge.


Rothko 2

Here's another image inspired by Rothko. I collected the background color with Slow Shutter, focusing on flowers, grasses and greenery planted along 21st Street near the Philips Collection.

Apps: Slow Shutter, Filterstorm, PhotoForge, Blender.


A Riff on Rothko

Lately I've been inspired by the color and form of American painter Mark Rothko. Walking the neighborhood between Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan in the late afternoon, I used the app Slow Shutter to collect color and texture for my own image of Rothko's color fields.

Apps: Slow Shutter, Blender, Filterstorm, PhotoForge.


Apples a la Rothko

With the app Blender (my new fave) I created the background for a still life from some painted marks on the sidewalk and an image of some apples on my window sill. If you look closely, there is a piece of toast still barely visible behind the bottom half of the image, part of a dish called "Eggs Rothko", a legendary breakfast at the legendary Egg in Williamsburg, Bklyn. My original inspiration for this take on Rothko.

Apps: Blender, PhotoForge.


Images are everywhere...

Images are everywhere, if you just stop to look. At the end of a rainy day, I saw this reflection in a sidewalk puddle on my way to the market.  

Apps: Snapseed, Filterstorm



Pickings are slim at the Dupont Circle Farmers' Market in January, but you can always find something...a cabbage, a bag of fat shiitake mushrooms, a fine loaf of olive bread.  This lovely specimen reminded me of a butterfly.

Apps:  Snapseed, Filterstorm


Pointing the way...

the radish puller
pointing the way with a radish root
teaches me the way 

These images were taken in the terraced gardens of a tiny mountain village and the outdoor markets of Languedoc during an artist retreat at La Muse in Labastide Esparbairenque. I spent several days photographing radishes, then cabbages, and then artichokes. The capture and processing of each image was a meditation.

App: Filterstorm