Marja-Leena Rathje
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Marja-Leena | 31/07/2010 | 13 comments
themes: Nature, Photoworks


excellent! Love the fact it looks like you painted some gold paint on them.

That is such a beautiful flower. I love what you do with your subject here.

Cathy and Hattie, thank you. No paint here, it's all natural with no manipulation in PhotoShop.

So beautiful, Marja-Leena! I really like these scans that you make. (I posted some rock pictures, especially for you.)

Beth, I'm so pleased you like these. I saw and enjoyed, of course, your lovely rock photos earlier - so they're for me? Thank you!!

Even as it fades it's form and color linger in memory. We get lessons about renewal every day, don't we?

What a fabulous pairing with the earlier photos, quite beautiful.

Susan, yes, how true.

Lucy, thanks!

The design you've made, in the first photo, is so painterly, an abstract, so beautiful. It reminds me of early botanical art, and also the artist, whose name I cannot recall at the moment, who used flowers and fruits and vegetables in human-like portraits - last name began with a B...they say the first thing to go is the mind.

I still marvel at how you get these images, Marja-Leena!

Bosch! Heironymus Bosch - only, after Googling and reviewing his art, I take that back - your work is beautiful, dramatic, ethereal; his is quirky, amusing, strange.

Martha, thanks so much for your generous appreciation. Yes, these scans I do remind me of early botanical art because of the black background, something I discovered by accident. As for the artist using flowers and fruits and vegetables in human-like portraits, I thought at first you were thinking of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, but I do see what you mean about Bosch too.

Heavens! I had the wrong name, Marja-Leena. It is, as you thought, Giuseppe Arcimboldo's fantasy portraits I thought of, though that was a bit of a stretch, I suppose, since you didn't form a human shape.

I think it is the lush colors, the intimate shapes of the flower parts, that put me in mind of Arcimboldo's works.

No matter - your work is beautiful, and (in my case) awe-inspiring.

Did you ever do fabric design work?

Martha, again many thanks! Long ago I did do batiking but no, I don't do fabric design work, though it interests me. I don't have enough time and energy for all the many things that I'd love to do, there need to be more of me! I decided years ago to focus and be the best I can in printmaking instead of thinning myself out.