Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Temporary Title Change for my Blog

In celebration of my new ventures into the art world I have made some temporary changes to the name and header of my blog.  As you can see, it is now called "Random Thoughts of an Artist." Don't worry, I will revert it back to "Random Thoughts of a Photographer" in a couple of weeks. 

I have been spending more and more time transforming some of my photographs into fine art objects.  It all starts with a photograph.

Take this photograph from a recent trip to White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.  I had stayed in Alamogordo, New Mexico and got up early to enter the National Monument about thirty minutes before sunrise.

I was rewarded on that morning with a spectacular sunrise of those beautiful oranges and yellows flowing over the horizon with brilliant blue sky peeking through the clouds in the background. 

My goal, in order to transform the photograph into an artists rendering, was to re-process the photo through several Photoshop plug-ins and to utilize the Photoshop brushes and art tools to hand color and create impressionistic oil paintings.


As a traditional oil on canvas artist I wanted to overly saturate the colors of rising sun by flowing more oranges into the sky.  I also wanted to bring out more of whites in the sand dunes rather than the blueish tint of the pre-dawn color temperature. 

As an artist I seized the opportunity to intensify the shadows and the unique waves of the white gypsum sand.

The painting can be output to a wide format Epsom signature paper or it can be outsourced to create a spectacular canvas gallery wrap to provide a standout from the wall as it is hung in a gallery.

As my my new temporary blog title illustrates I am continuing to learn about digital artistic techniques that have been offered in books and videos available on line today. I love to look at artist blog sites online and one that bears mention is my friend Bill Ives art blog at Art and Photography Blog .

I have been expanding my knowledge through video offerings on Lynda.com and Kelby Training.  Books are other vehicles I use to to expand my knowledge base.  There are lots of products available on Amazon that I have listed below as affiliate links.  If you want to learn more about the techniques of transforming your photography into fine art I can strongly recommend the Bert Monroy book available below.





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