The Hour of Silence

‘Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves.’

 Leonora Carrington, 1917-2011 
British artist, surrealist painter and novelist. carrington

Tip: Before I introduce a new piece today I want to say a word to photographers who are interested in taking their work into the realm of the photo artist; a place of creativity, individuality, and sometimes if we’re lucky, a little magic.

The very first order of business is to become a collector- of papers, textures, elements;  anything that might bring life to your piece.  I literally have hundreds of papers, textures and things as well as my photos.  Many textures & backgrounds can be gotten free by googling ‘free photo backgrounds.’  Free images can be found at  https://creativecommons.org.   When I’m looking for something new I purchase papers & kits, and one of my favorite places is https://e-scapeandscrap.net/boutique.  You’ll find many sales and occasional free items, and this is a great site for scrapbookers.  

Once you’ve collected images and elements the next order of business is to organize them into folders.  I have folders for Papers & Textures, which I have sub-divided into categories of Colors, Edges-Frames-Overlays, Splotches, Scribbles, Scratched Surfaces, Brushes & Text, Clouds-Moon-Stars just to name a few as well as folders called Critters, Botanicals, Patterns-Graphics-Icons, and Victorian-Steampunk. 

‘The Sound of Silence’ is the title of the piece I’ll be working with today, and we’ll start with the finished image and work backward.

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mockup-for-the-sound-of-silence

The image begins with a gray speckled paper, which I duplicated twice putting an impressionist painting filter on one layer and an ink-watercolor filter on the other.  Blend modes and opacities are shown on each.

gray-speckled-background

gray-speckled-background-impressionism

gray-speckled-background-pen-and-watercolor

Once the base layer is in place I add a very nice grungy gray/blue background and a sunspot.

gray-blue-background

sunlight-splotch

A photo I  took on the Okefenokee swamp is cropped, reversed horizontally, duplicated, and blended in luminosity mode at a 50% opacity.  The duplicate is given a sketchy watercolor filter, blended in soft light mode with a 75% opacity.

okeefenokee-swamp-orig-photo

okeefenokee-swamp-sketch-watercolor

Next come the flying geese and the text.

flying-geese

The text was blended in hard light mode at 40% opacity.

text

The final touches include the addition of a gorgeous blue/brown background and a starry background.

blue-brown-background

Finally the panel layer from Photoshop.  The layers were not originally placed as they are here, but this is the final stacking before the image is flattened.

photoshop-layers-panel

Have a happy week. 

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14 responses to “The Hour of Silence

  1. So cool to see this deconstructed! You should do a blog that’s just tutorials like this.

  2. Wow! That’s a beauty.

  3. This is just fantastic, Deb! What a wonderful and generous idea to share how you create these masterpieces! And the one featured in this blog post is one of my favorites ever!

  4. This is just fantastic, Deb! What a wonderful and generous idea to share how you create these masterpieces! And the one featured in this blog post is one of my favorites ever!

  5. for some reason I’ve missed your posts! I love the sound of silence! Is this a new direction?

  6. Wonderful technique!! Loved the end result, first look gives the impression of a true painting 😊😊

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