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A Picture’s Worth With Catherine Restivo

You may of seen this wonderful image that Catherine created and published yesterday, entitled, “When you reach the heart of life you shall find beauty in all things, even in the eyes that are blind to beauty.” ~Kahlil Gibran. Well, we were totally enthralled by it and asked Catherine to use this image to participate in our very special A Picture’s Worth section. Catherine is a sweetheart and was only too keen to oblige. Read this exclusive article and find out just how Catherine managed to create such a stunning image.

Over to you, Catherine…


This Is The Final Image



I’m in love with peonies.  The flowers are quite delicate and short-lived, and it’s always a bit sad when they’re gone for the season.  As they went through their life cycle, I was touched by the different stages of beauty, and tried to capture their many personalities. As the soft, creamy white, fragile petals fell, there remained a beautiful vulnerability, rather a proud baring of their soul’.



‘I took the photo using the ProCamera app’.




‘Then I brought it into FilterStorm, cropped it square, and using the Clone tool, I removed the busy background’.




‘I took this version into ShockMyPic.




‘Using Image Blender, I combined the two versions so that the ShockMyPic squiggles weren’t as prominent.  Then I brought this into VintageScene and applied color, overlay and border’.




‘Next, I brought this version back into Image Blender and combined it again with the Original/SMP blended version, keeping the VintageScene background as-is, but masking out the flower so that it popped more’.



‘Finally, this was brought into Iris Photo Suite where I applied the “Grunge” filter just to the background, using the mask feature’.

Final Image



‘A bit of the Polarizer filter, sharpening and resize finished off the piece’.

Screen-show Of The Process



Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]


  • David

    So that’s how you did it!! Fantastic image, Catherine!! When I saw this yesterday, I sat there thinking…so how did she do this?? Now I know. Thank you so much for sharing your process with us!!