Alma Lach's "Pixellist"[TM] Art Exhibit (Computer Scanned Flowers)

These images are scanned images of actual flowers (as opposed to scanned images of photographs of flowers).  Because the scanner captures the image using a line of light (instead of a point of light as does a camera) it is possible to see a flower more as the binocular vision of our eyes see it.

Click on the links to see selected images; flowers are presented in a variety of resolutions.  Some files take longer to load than do others; a point of relevance to some users but not to others.  A larger file typically has finer detail in the image; the large files portray the power of this mode of creating flower images particularly well.  The numbers next to the ordinals indicate file size.  The few files below represent a small sample of the entire collection.

Copyright, Alma Lach, 1999

Partial Catalogue of Images
  1. (158K)  Roses in Limoges ("Circus")
  2. (91K)  Red rose bud ("Duftbella")
  3. (264K)  Orange rose and bud ("Fruite")
  4. (152K)  White rose ("Gentle Touch")
  5. (80K) Rose bud ("Kordes Perfecta," "Broadway" or "Carmen")
  6. (89K) Day Lilies ("Hemerocallis")
  7. (321K) Day Lily ("Hemerocallis") 
  8. (308K) Japanese Sunflower ("Heliopsis"—"Golden Plume")
  9. (261K) Red-ivory rose ("Tudor" old name or "Double Delight")
  10. (271K) Pink Lilies ("Lilium Hemerocallis"—"Talisman" or "Pink Angel")
  11. (209K) Tulip ("Eichleri")
  12. (187K) Florida Hibiscus ("Hibiscus moscheulos")
  13. (286K) Pink Clematis (8 petals) ("Comtesse de Bouchaud")
  14. (220K) Purple Iris ("Irudaceae Germanica")
  15. (198K) Orchids with Green plants ("Calathea Ornata" and "Calathea Makoyana")
  16. (254K) Daffodil bouquet ("King Alfred " or "Trumpet Narcissus")
  17. (169K) Hibiscus with hornet ("rosa-sinensise" or "Moscheulous"). We were having a drink in the garden when this pretty hornet attacked my Johnny Walker, over indulged, and became "Pixelled." 
  18. (916K) Morning Glory ("Convolvulus Arvensis")
  19. (683K) Tulip Tree Blossom ("Liriodendron Tulipifera")  The heritage of this tree dates back to the Tulip Tree that grew on the grave of Ann Rutledge in Oakland Cemetery in Petersburg, Illinois. My grandfather (l850-l944) got a sapling and my father a sapling from him and I from my father. This tree blooms at 5750 Kenwood every year on Memorial Day and, so too, its offspring that stands next door.  [Editorial note:  it also bloomed on Alma's 100th birthday, June 8, 2014, just a few days before the memorial service (of her death in 2014) in Chicago.]
  20. (1061K) Linden Tree Blossoms ("Tilia cordata"). Note how the permanent leaves grow on top the branch and the flowers off the main vein of secondary leaves that grow underneath. After blooming the secondary leaves and flowers fall off, staining whatever they fall upon.
  21. (213K) Magnolia Tree Blossoms ("Soulangiana") 
  22. (218K) Green Ash Tree—fall leaves ("Fraximus P. lanceolata").  This tree came from the garden of Donald’s parents in Morgantown, West Va. some 30 years ago. It is a perfect tree—composed of small branches that never break, they just bend with the wind—and it never needs professional care. It is native to the mountains of West Va. 
  23. (198K) Lion’s Paw Shell from Captiva Island, Florida
  24. (316K) Crab Apple Tree Blossoms ("Malus"--a member of the Rose family).
  25. (306K) Catalpa Tree (fall leaf--"bignonioides").
  26. (210K) Star Fish and shells from Captiva Island
  27. (184K) Captiva shells with "Bougainvillea Glabra"
  28. (188K) Sand Dollar shell with Hawthorn Berries ("Crataegu") (Hawthorn tree is a member of the Rose Family)
  29. (208K) Purple Clematis (4-petals) ("Dr. Ruppel"--Jackmani)
  30. (1085K) Purple-Red Clematis (6-petals) ("Ville de Lyon")
  31. (178K) White-Yellow Lilies ("Lilium Auratum")
  32. (221K) Dahlia ("Pompom")
  33. (296K) Hyacinth in Pot  ("Albulus")
  34. (254K) Mandervilla ("Splendens")
  35. (968K) Veronica ("Eremurus"--"Grandis")
  36. (172K) Asters ("Aster Amellus"—"King George")
  37. (625K) Bee Balm or Berganont ("Monarda Dadyma"—"Cambridge Scarlet")
  38. (461K) Wild Violets ("Viola")
  39. (856K) Vinca in Vase ("Minor"—"Bowles Variety")
  40. (799K) Flower-like Pansies ("Torenia fourniere")
  41. (544K) Vegetable Art à la Chine (NFS)
  42. (867K) Bleeding Heart ("dicentra"--"Fumariaceae")
  43. (244K) Floral plant and Tarnished Beetle.
  44. (165K) Geranium ("Pelargonium") with Captiva Island mothI found this moth on the porch. Not knowing his condition I gave him some sugar water and watched him. Several days later I packed him in cotton and brought him to Chicago to scan.
  45. (269K) Strawberry Tart and Recipe
  46. (113K) Dark Pink Rose ("Typhoon")
  47. (101K) Shamrock in Pot
  48. (489K) Gladiolus
  49. (200K) Orange Lily
  50. (469K) Light Pink Gladiolus
  51. (150K) Hawthorn Berries
  52. (261K) Japanese Fuchsia
  53. (509K) Black-eyed Susan
  54. (854K) Flower Bouquet
  55. (231K) Red Hibiscus
  56. Nosegay
  57. Old-fashioned Rose

"As I walked through the garden
The flowers seemed to say
Will it be me,
Or Lil today?"



The flowers used in these pictures have come from our garden and those of friends.  I am indebted to them for their flowers, and to others for shells and bugs, that have helped to make-up "Pixellist" Art.

As soon as the flowers are picked they are scanned.  When arranging the flowers on the scanner one must think upside down and remember left is right and right is left on the monitor.  If the scanned picture pleases, it is saved; if not, the picture is re-arranged and scanned again.  After about 10 scannings the flower begins to wilt.

When the picture is acceptable, it is saved in PhotoShop (Adobe).  There the flower is magnified at "500" and inspected for dirt, dust and tiny holes where insects have dined.  Roses have their special problem because the wind blows them against the thorns of other rose plants.  All imperfections caused by the environment are corrected in the same-size pixels (dots) and color as the existing flower (a 1/16-inch hole might take 40 pixels to correct).  This process and the creating of the picture usually takes about 6 hours.

Then, selecting the right paper for that particular flower begins.  This is usually a trial and error process since there are some 5 or 6 different papers and the flower color and texture seem to react differently with each paper.  But, once that problem is solved, the picture is usually rewarding.

Alma Lach.

In addition to those who have contributed flowers, shells and bugs, my special thanks to our daughter Sandy Arlinghaus for her idea that I scan flowers, for her constant help along the way, for this beautiful Website and for being there when I needed her.  And to our son-in-law Bill Arlinghaus I am indeed grateful for his wonderful, descriptive title of "Pixellist" Art.  Only a Professor of Mathematics could have come up with that!

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