New Hand Colored Photo…

Cooincidentally, after announcing the hand coloring photo workshop, I got out my paints to do some commissioned work on a portrait.  I hadn’t practiced for quite some time so I played on some test prints and then got down to “serious” work. 🙂  I ended up with two versions of the portrait image (always good to give your customer choices!) and then went on to just play a bit.  I had this B&W infrared image of an old truck that used to sit in my neighbor’s yard so I printed it out (8×10…easier to work on larger images) and just spent some time with it.  

old truck hand colored photo (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker
"old truck" hand colored photo (c) 2009, Lynne Medsker

The truck is actually blue but the photo was taken in the fall so the trees & grass were darker than this.  That’s the fun part…I have even painted some images with colors that nature doesn’t even produce!  I just wanted this one to look more like spring (since I am anxious for it to be here in earnest) so I used lighter shades of green and yellow, with touches of orange for a little pizzazz.  This seems a bit more “painted” than some images where I just add highlights of color here & there but every image is different and so is my approach on different days.  

I haven’t put the paints away yet so there may be a bit more playing going on in the next few days if I find/take the time.  Tomorrow will be an artistic play-date for me with a new friend that I met through the altered art group, I am looking forward to getting creative with someone and just having a few hours of uninterupted time to play and maybe learn some new techniques. It won’t be all play and no work, in the late afternoon I am going to trade out artwork at the Hoosier Salon and also hang a few more pieces at Urban Optiks, both in Broad Ripple.  I hope you all have an enjoyable Tuesday!

Until next time,


Retro Friday, revisited

Ebony Branches in Blue hand colored photograph   (c) Lynne Medsker
“Ebony Branches in Blue” hand colored photograph (c) Lynne Medsker

A few weeks ago I posted some older art images and declared it “Retro Friday”.  Here we are again with a perfectly good Friday to show off some old stuff.  (This is what happens when I spend too much time working on marketing, communications and promotion…no new images to show you!)  WAY back when (okay, maybe not that long ago) when I was beginning to pursue art again as an adult my first steps started with my camera.  It didn’t take terribly long to expand on that topic and add in some alternate processes and films, Polaroid transfers (hmmm, something for another retro-Friday?) and hand-coloring black & white photos.

Hand colored photo of leaves  (c) Lynne Medsker


Hand color photo of an old Dodge (c) Lynne Medsker
Hand color photo of an old Dodge (c) Lynne Medsker


Hand color photo of a window/flower box   (c) Lynne Medsker
Hand color photo of a window/flower box (c) Lynne Medsker


Hand colored photo of a tree   (c) Lynne Medsker
Hand colored photo of a tree (c) Lynne Medsker

It’s a bit of a lost art now that it can be done more quickly &  precisely (with a lot less mess & fumes) and then be printed at any size, in any quanitity you’d like by digital means.  Although I’ve embraced the technology there is some undefined quality to the actual hand-painted photos that is just more appealing to the senses, at least for me.  Maybe it just invokes some hidden memories, hard to say.

Along with using the photo oils, pencils and other techniques (did you know you can stain photos with tea, coffee or even kool-aid? That’s where the blue background on the first image came from!) I also scanned some black & white images, adjusted the opacity and contrast, then printed them onto watercolor paper and painted them with watercolors.

No Trespassing watercolored barn photo   (c) Lynne Medsker
“No Trespassing” watercolored barn photo (c) Lynne Medsker


Stormy Day watercolored photo   (c) Lynne Medsker
“Stormy Day” watercolored photo (c) Lynne Medsker


Bottles watercolored photo     (c) Lynne Medsker
“Bottles” watercolored photo (c) Lynne Medsker

Totally different look & feel than the ones that were painted directly on the photos!

Until next time…