Memorial Day

Remembrance

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
  That mark our place; and in the sky
  The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead.   Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
  Loved and were loved, and now we lie
      In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
  The torch; be yours to hold it high.
  If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
      In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae

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.