While playing with various alternative Photography techniques, I discovered a Effects dial on my Nikon D750 that takes pictures one would think are worthless. That didn't stop me from using them in the two digital composites revealed above. Top three: Cole (with a cold on the couch), then a combination of that original photo with an effects shot of Cole and Wilson. Bottom three: Matt Taylor with his twin sons, combined with another effects shot of the threesome plus the dog. I think I like the bottom result the best, but can no longer remember how I did it.
My trips to Seattle generally result in at least one attempt at a portrait of grandson Wilson. Unlike his twin Cole, he is more amenable to posing. However, like any normal 8 year old, posing doesn't last very long (which I can blame for the my inability to capture his likeness). The result this time is "Wilson and his Toys," a 10 x 14 pen and ink and watercolor painting. To try to improve on the original, I tweaked the resulting watercolor by doing a bit of over painting in Photoshop, then added a background that was a blurred version of a Home Depot product shot. All of the elements are shown above, including a refreshingly more appealing photo of Wilson, walking the dog Riley, while wearing a T shirt in 30+ degree weather.
Latest quilted wall hanging tells the story of white and pink magnolia flowers going from bud to bloom. Center is a patchwork of photos printed on silk surrounded by raw edge applique of various cotton and silk fabrics showing a portion of a Magnolia flower's life cycle. It's amazing how much time these things take! But creating art works wonders in taking the mind off the horrors of our current government.