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On Thin Ice

January 29, 2010

“On Thin Ice” – Digitally-enhanced photomontage

This will be quick. I’m getting later and later in the day with my posts, and if I don’t get this written soon, it’s going to be tomorrow.

Today was rather non-productive. It was sleeting most of the day, and I watched as ice accumulated on the lawn and glazed over the rose bushes. We are just in the southern edge of the ice storm that’s blowing through, so it remains to be seen how much ice will build up here.

Today I had a large giclee print to sign and return to a publisher, which meant I needed a Fedex pickup. The roads were passable on through the afternoon, but I worried about the Fedex guy after he left here. He was bundled up from head to toe, so he looked warm. I felt bad that I had to get them out here today, but of course I’m not the only one sending stuff, even in my little remote neighborhood.

The picture is a combination of two photographs from parts of the buildup of paint on my art table, which is covered with freezer paper. Then I played with the colors in PhotoShop Elements.

I’m going to keep the freezer paper taped down on the table until it gets a lot of paint buildup. When it’s ready to be replaced, I plan to transfer some of the paint passages from the paper onto another surface as part of new art. This can be done easily by just putting it face down over a smooth acrylic-painted substrate and ironing it on a warm setting. This works on paper, wood, and gessoed masonite. Anything with not much tooth. I’ll show that here in the blog when I do it. But I do like the idea of just photographing it in place. There are thousands of possibilities.

If you’re anywhere near this big winter storm, stay safe and warm.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2010 3:50 am

    Stunning! Fascinating! Before I read it, there was this “howonearthdidshedoit” (mumbling) effect.

  2. January 30, 2010 8:30 am

    Martha — This winter is wreaking havoc all over the country — ugh! Been too long since I stopped by — love your digital collage of leftover paints — very cool! Hope all is well — stay warm!!!

  3. January 30, 2010 8:51 am

    Love it, Martha. : )

  4. January 30, 2010 12:15 pm

    Yes, woke to a dusting of sleet/snow this lovely Saurday SC morning. Whatever you guys & GA get, we usually get a day after.
    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with us. You are an inspiration to me and many others.

    • January 30, 2010 9:54 pm

      Yep, DJ! In fact, it was colder than forecast for the past 24 hours. Never did warm up above freezing today, so we stayed off the road — cancelled plans to go to a play in Huntsville.

      I’m happy you are inspired by my blog. I want to post something soon about being inspired by my readers as well.

  5. Sherrill Pearson permalink
    January 30, 2010 6:48 pm

    Haven’t been by in a while, but had to comment on this piece. It’s gorgeous!

    Glad you missed the brunt of that ice storm down there. We have been having a cold snap: -14 F. Brrrrr…

  6. Sondra permalink
    January 30, 2010 9:18 pm

    Love your first image, it is amazing what can be done with photoshop, it is endless! Your next step is a great idea and a recycling concept also,can’t wait to see what happens.
    Thank you for sharing.

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