Rice Triptych - BEFORE AND AFTER

People often ask, “what’s your medium?”. I usually say photography-based mixed media which leads to more questions that I find hard to answer. Like many artists, I have explored a variety of mediums. My earliest days as a serious artist were defined by traditional black and white film photography. Around 1999 I tentatively moved into digital photography. Since then my work has evolved in many ways, but almost always still begins with a photograph.

Here is the the "Before" and "After" of a piece done this week. The first image is the original photograph made in Bali of bags of rice in a warehouse. I used this as reference to create a digital painting. After that I worked with the colors and added layers and textures. Finally, I decided to break it apart as a triptych.

PROGRESSION

 Original photograph

Original photograph

 Digital painting made from reference photograph.

Digital painting made from reference photograph.

 Reworked colors, additional layers and textures added.

Reworked colors, additional layers and textures added.

 Completed work separated into a triptych.

Completed work separated into a triptych.

Inspiration: Faux Bois Artist, Diane Husson

I've just discovered the work of an extraordinary artist, Diane Husson. Her medium is Faux Bois, described on her website as "a traditional art form that flourished 150 years ago. Faux bois means “false wood” in French. In 1849, French inventor and gardener Joseph Monier figured out that cement could be sculpted and shaped with the help of steel reinforcement. He shared his discovery with the world, inspiring artisans to create whimsical nature-inspired furniture such as; garden benches, tables, planters, bridges, grottos, and trellises. Unfortunately, this art form and many of its techniques were forgotten as the early 20th century grew fascinated with geometric shapes and the machine aesthetic of the Art Deco period."

You can learn more about Diane and her work by visiting her website: https://fauxboisfurniture.com/

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BEFORE AND AFTER - Magnolia

People often ask, “what’s your medium?”. I usually say photography-based mixed media which leads to more questions that I find hard to answer. Like many artists, I have explored a variety of mediums. My earliest days as a serious artist were defined by traditional black and white film photography. Around 1999 I tentatively moved into digital photography. Since then my work has evolved in many ways, but almost always still begins with a photograph.

Here is the the "Before" and "After" of a piece done this week.

BEFORE

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AFTER

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How it started, Circle Confetti

People often ask, “what’s your medium?”. I usually say photography-based mixed media which leads to more questions that I find hard to answer. Like many artists, I have explored a variety of mediums. My earliest days as a serious artist were defined by traditional black and white film photography. Around 1999 I tentatively moved into digital photography. Since then my work has evolved in many ways, but almost always still begins with a photograph.

This new series, “How It Started”, will show you the before and after.

BEFORE

Bakas

AFTER

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