Four-Leaf Clover (faux wet plate collodion)


Black and white and (implied) green all over! Not exactly what I had in mind, but you get the idea.  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Murphy MacManus: “Yeah, it’s St. Patty’s Day, everyone’s Irish tonight.”

– Norman Reedus – The Boondock Saints

About this image: digital image (flatbed scan) heavily modified to replicate wet plate collodion


73 thoughts on “Four-Leaf Clover (faux wet plate collodion)

    • You are very early, S.E (and I am a bit late today)!
      Thank you very much, S.E!
      It’s most likely one Annabelle found… she finds them ALL the time (it’s like she doesn’t even have to try). I’ve only found one so far (and Annabelle had spotted it first / was trying to point me in that direction – so I’m not so sure that even counts).

    • Just between you and me I broke one of the leaves off when I was setting this one on the scanner…
      so maybe it would be best for you to wait for the next one
      (that can’t be a very lucky thing, can it?)!

    • Thank you very much, Ms. C!
      It was indeed (and just between you and me I managed to break one of the leaves off in the process… so… um… I’m a bit nervous about that…)

    • You know what… I actually BROKE one of the leaves off of this clover when I was making this! That CAN’T be good / lucky, can it?! YIKES!
      I didn’t know that, Amy! I think I have a wee bit, too – from my mother’s family. I’m a bit foggy on the details (maybe all that green beer has something to do with that?)!

  1. what a cool composition. have never found a four-leaf clover myself, nor seen one up close and freshly-picked, even though it was frequently an included item in scavenger hunts back in the day when i set those up on camping trips. always fun to see people looking for them, too. usually the only item never found.
    and the fact that one of the leaves broke off? no worries, it takes your faux wet plate collodion technique to another level. 🙂 and besides, it still looks very impressive. a great weekend to you, too. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

    • That sounds very familiar, P&K! I’ve only ever found one (although I’ve been looking for them since I was a kid, too). And the one that I did find doesn’t exactly count, either (because my wife had already spotted it and ‘turned’ me in the right direction without my realizing it)! It was still pretty exciting, though!
      And thank you so much! I hope you had a fantastic weekend (and holiday) as well!

    • You sound ‘luckier’ than I am! They continue to hide from me (I have to borrow them from my wife to put together posts like this)! Thanks, Mary! I hope you had a very good one, too!

    • Thank you, Madame! That’s exactly right – we’ve got these things pressed all over the place – Annabelle finds them without even trying… I’m not sure how that works… I’ve been looking for them ever since I was a kid and I’m NEVER able to pick them out!

  2. I just typed “Interesting!” in this comment box’s “Email” line — I should thus probably hold off until my second cup of coffee, but I’ll cut and paste just to be safe: “Interesting!” (And I can’t see a break in any of the leaves–did you superglue it??) Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, SIG, and your readers.

    • I’ve been there and done that! Those electronic forms don’t always mix with the a.m. (or even the p.m. for me)!
      Hahaha… I just kinda overlapped them and hoped for the best… which is probably fortunate, because the way I was going I probably would have superglued leaves to multiple fingers (and those fingers to other fingers)!
      Thank you so much! I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!

  3. Heyy – It’ll soon be St.Paddy’s day… Break out the Guinness 🙂 Shame I’ll have to wait until Sunday…

    ps – not sure what the penalty is for sullying a genuine 4-leafed clover…

    • Well… you know… I won’t tell anyone if Sunday arrives a bit early, Martin! Anyway – I hope it goes down as a good one!
      Hahaha… it’s probably a good thing I don’t know… it sure seems like that can’t be a good thing, though…

  4. I feel so lucky to see this post. Wait, does seeing a 4 leaf clover image count the same as seeing a real one? Get back to me when you can because I need to know where my luck lies.

    • A very good question! I’m afraid when it comes to luck I don’t know many of the ‘rules’… which is might be a good thing… I’d probably have made myself ‘good-luck paranoid’ by this point!

  5. Speaking of St. Patty’s Day, I wonder if any Irish Pubs would like to have prints of this piece hung up in their establishments. I think it’s very fitting.

    • That’s so cool, Ms. D! Annabelle is really good at finding them, too. I’m not nearly as lucky – I’ve only ever found one, and Anna had pointed me in the right direction (she had already spotted it, of course).

  6. A lucky four leaf clover, quite rare and yet so unique, as is your art work 🙂 You never fail to offer something special my great friend and I always enjoy calling in here and admiring your work 🙂 🙂 Well done, you have captured the beauty of this one and given it the edge. I am very impressed with this one SIG, but then all of your art work is special 🙂 Be well and enjoy your Monday 🙂

    • How kind of you to say sir! I always enjoy seeing you’ve stopped by as well – the incredibly kind comments you always leave are starting to spoil me a bit, you know!

      • Hey if your work was rubbish, which I am pleased to say that it is not then you wouldn’t be getting any comments at all so enjoy the praise, you truly deserve it SIG and I can see from everyone else’s here that they agree with me on your skillful art work 🙂 It is excellent as always my great friend 🙂

        • Hahaha… well, you know… I’m sure the bribery helps, too.
          But seriously, thank you very, very much, sir! I have my doubts at times, so I do sincerely appreciate that!

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    • Hahaha… I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t wish for improved butter-fingers, because as you know that didn’t really work out for me!
      Agreed! I’m doing good if I can find a box of Lucky Charms!

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