Picture This Contest Winners for October 2010

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Early August Annuals

Ready for the results? Here’s what this month’s judge, Craig Cramer of Ellis Hollow, had to say…

I’m in awe.

When Nan first asked me to judge this month’s contest, I was worried that no one would enter. Would people put down their cameras and try this rather unorthodox technique? This was a risky idea.

But there was no need to fret. We ended up with 14 gorgeous entries, and you should go to the gallery to soak them all in.

Honorable Mentions

I really like the collage of Passiflora blooms, lime coleus foliage and purple flowering plum leaves created by landscape designer Shellene Mueller. “What if you presented your plant combos together in this format to show your clients?” she writes on her blog, Designs by Shellene.  “What a great way to get them excited about the palette you have planned for their garden, especially those who are ‘visually’ challenged.”

Designs by Shellene

The arrangement below by Austin, Texas’s Whimsical Gardener also caught my eye. She writes, “It’s an interesting concept to create a photographic image without a camera. It’s also a lot of fun. I’ve had no experience with a scanner. In fact, I don’t even own one. I showed up at my friend’s house with a box full of cuttings from my garden and we started playing. We had a great time until our children started calling. Apparently they need to be fed on a regular basis!”

The Whimsical Gardener

It took Cherry at Approaching the Crest several sessions to pull together the next bouquet. “But I’m still not happy. Have I mentioned I don’t do flower arranging?” she writes. You do now, Cherry. And I’m hoping you’ve caught the bug and will keep on scanning.

Approaching the Crest

Silver Medal

This month’s runner up is from experienced scanner Judith Cowles over at The Garden Worm. She and her sister create scans for cards and calendars, decoupaged on wood or glass for craft projects, or printed on fabric and made into pillows or bags that they sell online.

The Garden Worm Blog picture_this_silver

Wow. Judith sets a high bar for technique and cheeriness.

Gold Medal

This month’s winner is the Supernova of ‘Madame Ganna Walska’ water lily, purple heart, and Jewels of Opar planets from Philip at East Side Patch. His entry stands out for its cosmic creativity, evoking apparitions that transcend the flowers on the scanner bed. “Who would have thought you could have so much fun with a scanner, apart from the obligatory office pranks?” I couldn’t agree with you more Philip.

East Side Patch picture_this_gold

This is Philip’s second “Picture This” gold medal. He also won the August 2009 theme Down on Your Knees.

Thanks again to all the folks who braved the new technology to enter. If you didn’t get around to giving scanning a try, I hope that you’ll now be inspired to do so. Drop me a comment over at Ellis Hollow so that I can come take a look.

Nancy J. Ondra
Nan gardens on 4 acres in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In the firm belief that every garden ought to have a pretentious-sounding (or at least pretentious-looking) name, she refers to her home grounds as "Hayefield." There, she experiments with a wide variety of plants and planting styles, from cottage gardens and color-based borders to managed meadows, naturalistic plantings, and veggies--all under the watchful eyes of her two pet alpacas, Daniel and Duncan.
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Joseph Tychonievich October 28, 2010, 8:13 am

WOW. Phillip’s winning entry it amazing. I’m stunned. I want prints!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter October 28, 2010, 9:31 am

Thanks, Craig, for taking the time to explain and judge this contest. I’d say it was fun, but, truthfully, for me it wasn’t. I did really enjoy seeing all the amazing entries. Congratulations to the winners, I don’t think I’d have been able to choose, they were all so great.

Lynn Bay October 28, 2010, 12:32 pm

What an awesome display! Thank you for adding beauty to all our lives and inspiring creativity!

Judy October 28, 2010, 7:00 pm

How thrilling to be chosen the Silver Winner in my first GGW Picture This contest! And Philip’s winning picture was simply gorgeous! Thank you, Craig, for choosing this creative technique to showcase.

ESP October 28, 2010, 8:07 pm

Thank you very much for the award Craig. Had a fun, albeit it messy day with my scanner. I have a feeling that the spring may bring some stunted seedlings in my tile grout!
Great competition and I learned a lot in participating.
Thanks GGW.

Cat October 28, 2010, 9:38 pm

Thanks so much for taking the time to judge this contest Craig. I appreciate the honorable mention! I’m glad I didn’t have to choose = they were all so beautiful. Congrats to Philip over at ESP – it is a beautiful creation Philip.

healingmagichands October 29, 2010, 7:25 am

I am stunned by the results of this contest. Congratulations to the winners.

Liz Reed October 29, 2010, 9:55 am

sorry I couldn’t participate because I don’t have a blog up and running again, but I have thoroughly enjoyed following the exchange of information and viewing the results. they are all beautiful. i can share my results nonetheless at elizabethreedfineart.com, and one of these days ,
when my outdoor garden design work slows down, I’ll look forward to joining you in the blogging world!

Jean @Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog October 29, 2010, 10:07 am

I love all of them. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while. Guess I REALLY need to get my scanner software going now!

Donna October 30, 2010, 1:54 pm

Beautiful entries. The time it takes to arrange the blooms is so worth the results.

ryan October 31, 2010, 8:25 pm

I always enjoy the Ellis Hollow scans. Interesting to see other bloggers and gardens produce scans too. Very nice.

Pam/Digging November 1, 2010, 9:47 pm

Congrats to ESP. His entry is truly stunning.

thistleandthorn November 3, 2010, 8:58 am

I thought every single one of the entries was a winner! Such creativity… thanks to you all!

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