Art :: Gallery Six: Windows

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Instead of scanning completed paintings from 3 x 5 cards onto the computer for subsequent enhancement, I decided to scan just individual colors and base the paintings on them.  These color swatches formed a sort of palette.  So I would begin with a blank computer page (clicking on the “new” icon on the Photo Editor toolbar) and also open the file with the colors I want.  Select followed by copy and paste exports them to the blank sheet.  Then I start to smudge: patterns emerge.  I use the effects – hopefully to good effect!  I also discovered that the brush size accompanying smudge can be varied: this finding allowed me to widen the impact of smudge and use it for shaping and adding texture as well as blending.  This work is all micro, as I paint purely electronically for the first time.

Meanwhile, I had gotten so used to getting rid of the rectangles created by the select highlighting tool I failed to see that sometimes they stand out so as to add value to the composition.  In this gallery, I feature paintings with portions of rectangular areas still showing.  That is, I select certain areas and experiment with effects, choosing to keep some of the edges of the rectangles intact.  Some of these paintings are based on complex pieces that didn’t quite measure up.  I smudge through their core and begin selecting areas to work on.  Others are based on a single color swatch, hence the name “red 1,” for example.  Effects include “negative,” “stained glass,” and “texturizer” besides the favored water color.  I call these “windows” because the partial rectangles tend to look like openings.  Again, some of them stand up after macro negative and/or macro water color.  There are no long sequences shown, but several originals stand along with their negatives or water colors.

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