Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Stormy's Dahlias


This past September I took a plein air painting class with Mary Giammarino through the Provincetown Art Association's fine museum school program, and stayed across the street from this gorgeous cottage with its incredible dahlia collection. This is my first attempt at coloring a black-and-white photo, which I was strongly inspired to try by Angela Cartwright's newish book, Mixed Emulsions. I've always loved antique postcards, with the way the images seem to capriciously dance between color and black-and-white, and am really excited about trying these techniques for myself. So here's my first effort -- lots of room for improvement, to be sure, but I'm just so excited about finally trying this technique, I just had to post it here.

4 comments:

Kim said...

I haven't ever colored a photo, it has seemed too arcane, to difficult. You have done it marvelously! Gives me a little more courage! Thanks for stopping by, and the welcome. I will surely visit here again! Fondly, Kim

Blaise and Cathie Recca - Carolina Pines Realty, LLC said...

Wow Jane, this is beautiful. What a gorgeous cottage and a very inspirational "subject" You did a great job on this. Very, very nice.

Jane said...

Wow, thanks!! It is really, really easy to do in Photoshop Elements 5.0.Kinda like a high-tech box of crayons!

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