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MacPix
04-02-2011, 02:32 PM
A family member sent me some beautiful photos of her early spring garden. The images begged to be painted impressionistically, but since I am so locked into realism, I failed miserably. So, me thinks, try it in ArtRage. I found that it was a great way to loosen up. This is strictly a photo manip with only the flat knife set at 40% pressure. I did several images, some looked good, some not so much, but I did discover that the faster I did the "painting", the better it turned out (I tend to overthink things!). Anyway, I put the photos and AR images onto a YouTube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZqMXZjlpOA

Hope you enjoy it!

Caesar
04-03-2011, 03:39 AM
This a floreal masterpiece! Economy and precision in Your confident strokes tells much about Your mastery

mannafig
04-03-2011, 04:02 AM
WOW a real floral treat beautiful work:):)

Alexandra
04-03-2011, 04:49 AM
Masterpiece Deb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pat1940
04-03-2011, 05:10 AM
Macpix, this is so beautiful, I know what you mean by trying to loosen up, I have the same problem, I too am hooked on details, so I must really practise again and try to stop outthinking myself:D

MacPix
04-03-2011, 07:29 AM
Caesar--I felt like I was cheating by just manipulating photos, but it does take some planning.
Mannafig and Alexandra--thank you! I found this to be such a satisfying exercise!
Pat1940--This has really helped me to relax my style! And it was really fun!

semd74
04-03-2011, 08:17 AM
Even if it is a photo manip...you did a really beautiful work

limey-g
04-03-2011, 08:28 AM
Nice job, looks good
Geoff

gxhpainter2
04-03-2011, 09:02 AM
MacPix - beautiful work. I know it seems that just manipulating a photo is somehow cheating, but I don't think so. you have taken a photo ( which is an abstraction in its own right ) and then your touch and artistic nature has moved it into a beautiful and sensitive rendition of the flower... :):):):)

Peter Pinckney
04-03-2011, 09:27 AM
"I felt like I was cheating by just manipulating photos, but it does take some planning."

Your words Deb..............try this way...."I felt like I was LEARNING by just manipulating photos, but it DOES take some planning." You declared what you'd done..........enough said right there.......Great stuff MiLady!

Lee
04-03-2011, 09:55 AM
Dear Deb, watched your beautiful video, was wonderful to see the stunning photos turned into amazing paintings,,, good job, !!!:)

MacPix
04-03-2011, 10:25 AM
semd74--Thank you so much!
limey-g--Thanks Geoff!
gxhpainter and Peter--WOW! Your words made me look at this in a whole new light! Thank you for your encouragement!!
Lee--so glad you enjoyed the video. I do a lot of slideshow videos for a dog rescue and have done some with images created with Pixelmator, but this is the first one I have done strictly with ArtRage pictures. It won't be the last!

MSIE
04-03-2011, 11:22 AM
impressive! :)

Docsmith626
04-03-2011, 05:44 PM
It's not cheating when you treat the camera as the first step in a process. You took an ordinary image and made something special from it. That is a process called "Art". (And yes, ArtRage is a great platform for photo-manipulation.) ;)

MacPix
04-04-2011, 10:47 AM
Thank you so very much MSIE and docsmith626! The more I practice with this style, the more atuned my eye and hand are becoming to the beauty of this soft, fluid look. :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Lima
04-06-2011, 11:47 PM
Terrific image. Congratulations.

Sketchism71
04-07-2011, 05:58 AM
That is awesome!!! Great depth and tone!