Wip After The Portrait

Rosy Hall


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Wip After The Portrait Mixed Media

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Melbourne - Australia

Carla what a wonderful comment to find waiting for me, and how generous you have been with your time and insights. "That combination of organization and spontaneity in your work yields fabulous results!!!" Now that really touched me and made my entire day. Thank you so much.

Tallahassee, FL - United States

Thank you for giving us a peek into your creative process, both through the image and your notes. I loved it!!! Your work always has a depth and complexity that is the fruit of all your efforts, and often wonderful combos of media, and all those layers. There is also a richness to the artistic concept behind your work. That combination of organization and spontaneity in your work yields fabulous results!!!

Melbourne - Australia

Thanks Bob, don't know about teaching PS I'm way behind with only CS2, basic stuff maybe :D

Storybrooke, ME - United States

You make a great teacher Rosy. Love your work flow and the way you show it all. V/F

Melbourne - Australia

Thank you very much Jolante hope you feel that way about the finished one :)

Pretoria, Ga - South Africa

Fascinating - and beautiful Rosy!

Melbourne - Australia

To explain the creative process is a bit more difficult. If you look closely your can see 'the painter' in the background on the right as little more than an undefined 'blob'. I knew I was going to include him, but my way of working is a combination of organisation and spontaneity. I let the textures dictate quite a bit, then allowed 'shape recognition' to work its magic. In the final, I painted him in, and though he is more defined he's still loosely portrayed. I also don't usually explain meanings in my work as I like the viewer to have that opportunity, however as this is an explanation of process - the easel is empty as the painting is finished and it now looks more like an open window - his thoughts have already left her behind. The candles, rose, and note in the foreground would seem to indicate that there was more between them than the portrait. But that will, I hope, be much clearer in the finished product.

Melbourne - Australia

Well Odd, if I had a more powerful machine I'd have ALL my layers in there and collected into a 'grouped' folder :) If I tried that with my old faithful it would have a heart attack lol

Melbourne - Australia

Thanks Viv I hope you like the finished product :)

Vildbjerg - Denmark

It's interesting to see how you work... but so many windows to keep track of!

Rosy Hall replied:

The trick is to clearly name each one as they are added otherwise you can go mad :)

Sydney, NS - Australia

Rosy, thanks sooo much for sharing your adventure to fruition, can't wait to see it all done....and I'm stunned by the amount of work put into your final (so far), and all the resources at your disposal....well done...what an imagination you have..and perseverance,too...Cheers, V

Melbourne - Australia

For those who love the process. I don't usually use photographs except as reference, not even my own, as that is one of the things that causes some people to believe that *all* digital art is 'cheating' and further, that it's easy and quick! I've been working on this and two other paintings (one traditional - as in on physical paper) and I've been at it for days. Admittedly that's because I'm slow and finicky :). There were lots more layers in PS, but as soon as I get them to a certain point I merge to keep the document manageable. Nevertheless there are rarely less than 10 layers being fiddled with at any one time. Plus, I'm still working with CS2!!!!! Much as I'd love PS 4,5 or 6 it ain't agunna happen anytime soon. Once I got the image to close to where I wanted it, I imported it into ArtRage and began playing. The finished image will be posted soon.

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