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October 5, 2010

“Hills and Sky at Sunset” – Digital Painting

“Sundown” – Digital Painting

After relocating to the hills of North Alabama, my original home, I wrote about how I love the rolling hills and farmland. At the time, I wondered how these images could make their way into my paintings. I’ve had this idea bouncing around in the back of my mind for the past year.

I’ve taken a few hundred photographs and stored them away, wondering how I might abstract these beautiful scenes. Then today, almost by accident, I started to see a way forward as I was working on a series of digital concepts for a design client.

My studies for the design project began with vertical veils of overlapping transparent color. When I took a closer look, I saw that these could easily be the basis for abstract landscapes. Translated into landscapes, the colors are exaggerated, exactly as they should be.

All I did in order to see these as landscape paintings was to turn the images on their sides and put them through a watercolor filter in PhotoShop. I am beginning to get excited about the idea of putting some of these on canvas.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. October 5, 2010 3:51 pm

    Can’t wait to see them on canvas!!

    • October 5, 2010 8:09 pm

      Me either, Christine! I am itching to do some, and they aren’t really what I need to be doing right now.

  2. October 5, 2010 3:56 pm

    Really nice images! I wish I had such Photoshop skills.

  3. October 5, 2010 5:04 pm

    WOW- Martha, these are wonderful. I like the way the sun is shining just on certain spots of the hills and ground. We see this a lot here where I live in Eastern Washington State. These will make great paintings. I, too, wish I had PS & the skills!

    Your friend from LMM…… Mo

    • October 5, 2010 8:12 pm

      Thank you, Mo! Even though the colors just happened, I thought the same thing about the sun and shadows across the landscape. Just the way it looks very late in the afternoon.

      If you want a good paint program get PhotoShop Elements. It’s very affordable.

  4. October 5, 2010 5:23 pm

    I love them both, with the greens and the reds, especially together.

    • October 5, 2010 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Eric. These colors were a result of just playing around, and in some cases from the transparency and different blending modes. They end up being combinations I would not have come up with on my own. Very fun!

  5. October 5, 2010 7:01 pm

    Hi Martha, these are fabulous, get them out of the computer asap! Truly wonderful. You’re on a winner.

    • October 5, 2010 8:17 pm

      Thanks, Fi! I’m glad you like them and pleased that you’re available to kick me into action. I need it!

  6. October 6, 2010 12:06 am

    Love ’em Martha!

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