‘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.
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.
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.
Once the base layer is in place I add a very nice grungy gray/blue background and a sunspot.
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.
Next come the flying geese and the text.
The text was blended in hard light mode at 40% opacity.
The final touches include the addition of a gorgeous blue/brown background and a starry 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.
Have a happy week.