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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.

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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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