Friday, August 18, 2017

Rose with Hy and Mel (Digital Woodcut)



This image is based on a snapshot that my sister-in-law recently sent to husband, showing his mom, dad, and himself as a kid. It was great to have the image, but my sister-in-law said the photo had been double-exposed. I downloaded the image and opened it in Painter to see what I could do with it. There were horizontal bands where the image looked bleached out, as if it had been even photographed through plastic. I started by trying to restore the photo, but there were too many problems to tackle. Instead, I decided to do a more interpretive version. I started with the biggest problem: the right side of father-in-law's face was almost completely washed out, next to no features showing. I did some selective posterizing and added woodcut effect just to increase the definition and tease out more information. Then I used digital air-brush to invent even more definition, trying to mirror the shapes on the other side of his face. Then I used more airbrush and some cut-and-paste to fill in the bleached out areas that ran across the photo in about three bands, over clothing and background. I simplified the background, and then added posterizing and woodcut effects, working with small selections until I got colors and textures that I liked. I think I could do more with a really good scan or image of the original snapshot. But meanwhile, here is a nice little family portrait, and I am posting this today in memory of Rose, my mother-in-law, who was born on August 18th. She never liked to say what year she was born, so I won't either.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

On the Tappan Zee Bridge (with Prisma Filter)


The previous post was a photo that I took as we were crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge, traveling home from our road trip.  Here is another version of the photo, this time with one of the filters available on the Prisma app

Saturday, August 12, 2017

On the Tappan Zee Bridge


When we were heading home from our road trip, we took the Tappan Zee Bridge from New Jersey to New York.  I took a picture while we passed through the middle part of the bridge.  I also used the Prisma app on my phone to create a version with a filter, which I will post soon.

Friday, August 11, 2017

City of Brotherly Love (Digital Woodcut)


My previous post was a photo of the Philadelphia skyline, taken during our recent road trip.  This post is the same image, but with Painter's "woodcut" effect added.  So here's another image of the City of Brotherly Love.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

City of Brotherly Love


We drove through Philadelphia on our recent trip. We were stuck in traffic so I had plenty of time to take pictures.  I edited the original version once we got home.  The City of Brotherly Love.  We could all use a little more of that, so I am posting this tonight.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Koi Pond (with Prisma filter)


During our recent trip, I saw some beautiful koi fish in our cousins' back yard, in New Jersey.  I took some quick pictures while we were there. Later,  I used the  Prisma app on my iPhone to add a filter, then cropped the result to get this final image.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Cut Glass Vase with Dried Flowers (Pastel Still Life)


I drew this pastel still life sometime around 2002 to 2004, when I was part of an informal drawing group here in Beverly, MA.  I may have posted this drawing before, but I am not sure. This drawing has been around.  I think it used to hang in a small apartment we had in Newark, NJ. Then I gave it to my mother-in-law to take to Florida.  But I recently saw it again when we stopped in Cincinnati to visit our niece and grand-niece.  It's always fun to be "reunited" with an old drawing or painting.  I wasn't sure if I had a picture of it, so I took one.  So here is a (very unlikely) souvenir of our road trip. . . .