Inspired by…my camera settings

I have been working very hard at finishing some of the unfinished canvas hanging about my studio. It has been hard.

I am a starter. I love the process of coming up with an idea and executing. Unlike others, I love a blank canvas.

My downfall is when to call it quits. If a canvas is leaning against a wall or laying on the floor it is still fair game and should not be surprised if it is gessoed over. The closest art store is 2 hours away so when I get the urge to paint it is quite often over some unfinished work that I may not be loving.

Not a good habit… because not only has many, many hours probably gone into that piece, but as we all know, every painting has an ugly stage. A stage that needs to be worked through in order to learn and grow.

I know I am heading somewhere with all of this….

Ah yes…my new technique. Photographing my art work and playing with the balances in my photo editing program.

winter birch, acrylic, painting, mountains

This is where my painting stands now. A bit too blue for my liking. I may have just bought a new tube of cobalt teal…

winter birch, acrylic, painting, mountains

Playing with my white balance. Adding more contrast. Taking out some of the color.

winter birch, acrylic, painting, mountains

Once again playing with the white balance. Adding a bit of warmth,  fading the blues and cooler colors.

winter birch, acrylic, painting, mountains

This looks like a very cold winter day. I am thinking I may add snowflakes to this one.

So, one unfinished painting, with many different directions to go in. I love the flexibility of acrylic paint. Always remember…no fear. You dont like something ~ change it!

I am thinking this painting may become a field of beautiful red poppies…..

I jest. Actually, if I recall correctly, this painting use to be of bumble bees….

No, I will finish it. I have to finish it because that is the goal.I just wish I didnt feel so done with it. I wish I had the same enthusiasm I had for it in its first couple of hours…the honeymoon stage.

I am thinking more branches, less blue, more white and a little something to make the trees pop out….and maybe a few more months leaning against the wall. I know something will eventually come to me!

Next week….playing with darks and lights using photo editing techniques!

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5 thoughts on “Inspired by…my camera settings

  1. I actually liked your first one…loved the aqua and yellow in there. This is a fun idea though to see all the possibilities of where to take it. I do it the other way around and take my photographs and play with them to give me ideas of where to take my paintings.

  2. Thanks for posting this – what a great idea. I use photoshop All the time, every day at work, but rarely have used it to help me think about a painting I’m stuck on. Hopefully that will save me some paint and heartache!
    I actually like them all – each one has a different feeling to it.

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