This week I tried something new. I took a scan of a canvas painting I did a couple of years ago and recreated it using Photoshop. A fellow blogger, can’t remember who, did it with her painting so I thought I would try it. I found it very, very difficult. I felt like I was “desecrating” my work. It felt a bit like someone coming up and drawing all over the top of my work and “ruining”it. I forced myself to go on and I ended up liking the results. I see now it has opened up all sorts of possibilities for new artworks – new canvas paintings. New ORANGE paintings!
The original painting is based on photographs I took while on a camping holiday at Green Patch. Green Patch is the most beautiful place, on the south coast of NSW. It is native bushland near a bay with pristine white sand and the bluest of blue water. You can see dolphins and there are wallabies and many colourful birds. Along the beach are beautiful white weathered rocks and the occasional fallen white (petrified) tree branches. It is so popular in the holidays that the National Parks people have to run a ballot to decide who can camp there. We were there in the off- season – much better I would think.
This canvas is 61 cms (2 ft) square and I used acrylic paint – lots of washes and glazes and finally thick paint for the white (like Daumier) and the grass. As you see there is quite a bit of orange here already.
And here are the processed, reworked digital versions. I did take notes as I processed and played, but I am afraid I got lost in what I was doing. I can, however, describe some techniques. With all of them I changed colour by using Selective Colour and Saturation.
Photograph of painting (top image) linked to Weekly Top Shot and Your Sunday Best. Our World Tuesday and Tina’s Picture Story. Last image linked to Mellow Yellow. The whole series is linked to NF Inspiring Photography, a new creative meme. Also linked later to Paint Party Friday, Photo Art Friday.