Customizing Photographs for Artwork

  In the year and a half since I wrote this post about sewing fuzzy pillow shams for my bedroom I’ve officially done nothing in there.  I am a model of decorating diligence and dedication.  You’d think I’d gotten pregnant, moved my sewing studio and had a baby or something…
  Anyhow, you may have noticed in the original shot that I have this print hanging on the wall by our bed:
  I love that particular painting, and the colors are absolutely perfect for our room…but I somewhat hesitate to use well known pieces of art in our home for fear of ending up with the “high end dorm room” look, where everybody had their framed poster of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”.
  So I’ve been working to create my own piece with a similar feel.  Here’s what I’ve created so far:
  And here is the original photograph I started with:
  It’s not quite to where I’m happy with it yet.  I’m going to want it like 2’x3′ for over the head of the bed and I’m just not sure it won’t look goofy at the moment, but it’s a good start.
  To make the changes, using Photoshop, I first adjusted the color of the sky using Image/Adjustments/Selective Color and then adjusting the Cyan and Blue levels to appear more turquoise.  Next I created a new layer and applied a Diffuse Glow filter (in Filter/Distort) to crank up the whites of the flowers, clouds and the highlights on the branches and adjusted the opacity to make it a subtle glow instead of an entire washing out.
  Finally I created another layer and applied a Poster Edge (Filter/Artistic) filter, doing the same messing-with-the-opacity to get it where I wanted it.
  As I said, I haven’t quite gotten it where I want it yet, so most likely it’s going to be a situation where this is a work in progress for years as well (so dedicated), but I’m at least headed in the right direction!
  I know I sort of glossed over the exact details of how I’ve done this, so if you have any specific questions about how I’ve done this, please leave me a comment!