the photography blog of English artist Vivien Blackburn
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Digital Manipulation of Photographs in Photoshop 2
Another in the series of digital manipulations of photographs of my daughter, done a few years ago.
She has a habit of running her fingers through her hair. I photographed this Rosetti painting, cropped it, used several effects on it to simplify it such as dry brush, and possibly sumi e. I copied and flipped the crop I'd made, doubled the canvas size and pasted it to join as a mirror image and then integrated the photo of my daughter, applying the same effects to make the images gel together as one.
Lots of use of layers and techniques to unite the 2 very different images to make a cohesive finished piece.
I'm interested in painting the light and colours of landscapes as they change through seasons, the time of day or weather.
Seascapes feature strongly in my work as I love the coast, a love which developed when I lived near the sea as a child in Cornwall, Scotland, Malta and Gibraltar - each place with its special light and colour.
I realise too that I love the edges of things - for instance the coast, where the sea meets the land, the edges of woods where the trees meet the open fields.
I paint in most media and experiment with digital imagery - as a creative process related to my painting but also creating work that exists in its own right.
Another interest is photography, mainly as something in its own right, as I only rarely paint from photographs. The same elements interest me here as in my painting.
Apart from painting and photography, I teach art to adults and have all the normal preoccupations, trials and tribulations of women with families ... and cats.