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.
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.
Totally different look & feel than the ones that were painted directly on the photos!
Until next time…