Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Love/Valentine's Day


I've used Photoshop for years for only the most utilitarian and simple functions and am now finally trying a few experiments. Here I've combined an abstract calligraphic piece using the word love with a photograph from my 2006 Solstice card.

My love of ink and paper was reawakened last year with the outdoor installation, Translations I. Before the installation, I tested the durability of the paper outside in the elements. One of my thoughts was to waterproof it. I used tung oil which I had read is used to waterproof paper umbrellas in Japan. It made the paper somewhat translucent and darkened it. I loved the way it looked but not for the installation. I had had a bamboo oil paper from Paper Source in my drawer for several years. I began to play with making accordion structures and combining the two.

This is now the beginning of a new series, Sumi Suite. When my son was helping me with the card photograph in the studio, he suggested that I take the books to different outdoor locations and photograph them and that is now in the works.




For those who are interested in what I did in Photoshop:
Layer 2: Blank, filled with paint bucket with 15% gray, set at Multiply
Layer 0: Book image, set at Screen
Layer 1: Love calligraphy, set at Normal

2 comments:

Art.mother said...

This is just beautiful.

Isn't it amazing what two complex designs look like when blended together? No amount of printing transparencies can do this as elegantly and simply.

I remember in the early '80s when the computer was so scorned in art. It's just different, not worse than art you make with other tools. Sometimes, I just don't want to get my hands dirty.

Art.mother said...

P.S. I didn't realize this, but my last posted computer art also combined text and abstract and the text referred to the solstice!

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