The Gardens of Royal Square in York, PA

As you might guess. it takes me a while to get to blogging as this visit was in April 2015..too many other things seem to get in the way.  But I want to tell about the Secret Gardens of Royal Square in York, PA.

I am familiar with Royal Square as I used to exhibit in King’s Courtyard which is a collective gallery on E. King St.  It took considerable work to clear out the back areas as they were completely overgrown.  But teamwork and great efforts prevailed and now there is the best “secret” garden for all to enjoy.  Much of this was spearheaded by Annalisa Gojmerac.  You can keep up with the plans and updates by going to https://www.facebook.com/royalgardenseries/?fref=nf

It was a rainy Saturday in April when I toured the gardens.  Not too many people showed up for the scheduled tour as it was REALLY rainy…but I was prepared and ready to go.  Here are some pictures from that tour.  And Annalisa was so full of information and so passionate about her garden that some rain certainly did not dampen our enthusiasm.

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the tree garden

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Annalisa telling about the plans

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the bright chairs in King’s Courtyard Gallery’s courtyard

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art looks good outside as well as inside

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the wall garden

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I love the colors in this piece

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now the birds are happy, too

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rain barrel flower vegetable garden

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hay bale tomato gardens

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The Red Klinedinst Bicycle Shop was on East King St. and there were bicycle parts everywhere-so now they are in the Bicycle Garden!!

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The tree grew around this bicycle

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more wheels and parts

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a playground

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wheels and steps

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a great way to have water collected from the roof and then it trickles down the fenders to the ground.  How cool is that?

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retaining the signs

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time for tea

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Second story apartment in Royal Square district.

So you can see the creativity and the hard work that went into making this a very special place….a lovely place to visit.

The vegetables that were raised were donated to Healthy World Cafe.

This is a perfect example to me of community work and community support for the greater good.

 

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Wedding bouquet preservation

Scanography is an interesting form of photography and I am using it to create everlasting floral imagery of wedding bouquets and then also adding the names & date in calligraphy into the finished piece.  So here is what you have:

White lilacs

White lilacs

What an excellent wedding gift or for any special occasion that flowers were an important memory.  Remember memories fade, but scanography does not.

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personalized wedding flowers-an everlasting gift

 

To have a good image, I need to have flowers as fresh as possible.  I then arrange them on my scanner and make the necessary adjustments so the light is just right.  I have also used this method to do wall art :

 

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums

Dogwood and Red Maple

Dogwood and Red Maple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can learn more about scanography and see the beautiful imagery at

www.4sentimentalreasons.com

 

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Scanography of wedding bouquets

FosterDMScanography is more commonly referred to as scanner photography. It is the process of capturing digitized images of objects for the purpose of creating printable art using a flatbed photo scanner. Fine art scanography differs from traditional document scanning by using atypical objects, often three dimensional, as well as from photography. The process records extremely fine detail with a rather shallow depth of field and produces a digital file (or “digital negative”) for printmaking. The luminosity of these images really is outstanding.

Intensive “cleaning up” of the image is needed because the flowers have lots of dust and pollen and debris that shakes out on the glass platen of the scanner.

Most of my work to date has been with calligraphy and pressed flowers and now this is a new direction for QuilliGraphy

Wedding bouquets are perfect for this medium.  A lasting memory is created and the beauty of the flowers is retained forever.  With my calligraphy skills I then add in the name of the couple and the date of their wedding….creating a “forever” treasure for the couple.

Most brides choose the 11 x 14 size but an 8 x 10 size is also available.
All information about the process and what is required is available on my website.

www.4sentimentalreasons.com

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White roses

 

White lilacs

 

 

 

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Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

 

I LOVE FLOWERS  

I love to grow them

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I love cut flowers in the house

 

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                 I love to press them for my artwork

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Posy with bleeding hearts

See my pressed flower and calligraphy work at www.quilligraphy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

And NOW I love to scan them for my new scanograpy work.

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bridal bouquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit my website www.forsentimentalreasons.com to see all these beautiful scanography images.  You will be delighted.

 

 

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Some thoughts on inspiration

My guides for inspiration.

 

Keep your eyes wide open for inspiration!

Look for a beautiful sunset.  Feast your eyes on the perfection of flowers – the perfection of their colors and of their conformation. Did you realize that none of the colors in nature clash with each other?

See the world through the camera’s lens and you will be inspired by the beauty that you have chosen to record.  It will also help you to focus on your subject with clarity. This will give you an appreciation for form.

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Keep your ears open for inspiration!

Listen to a John Phillip Sousa march: then listen for the sound of the birds singing on a new Spring day.

Hear the 23rd Psalm word for word.  Sit back and hear a Beethoven Symphony in your heart and WONDER that he was deaf.  It brings me to tears and I think you will experience joy.  Feel that experience; let it soak into your inner being; let it imprint on you.  When you need inspiration you can call up the memory of how you felt during those moments.Beethoven

Posy with Music

There are so many ways to be inspired and I will be blogging more about them.  For now please enjoy these and make them part of your inspiration journey.

Judy

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