ah
exclamation, used to express a range of emotions
including surprise, pleasure, sympathy and realization

artography
combining 
traditional art 
 {drawing . painting . textures}
with
photography
{traditional recording of images with a camera}

...

have you ever taken a photo where
the composition is perfect ...
or not
the image ended up being grainy ...
or the colour is off
or the lighting isn't lending to it as you would have liked ...
{or }
you would just like to boost it somehow ... 
with something ...
like, make it more interesting ...
make it ...
artful
give it some
you know ...
texture.

i have to say, in the beginning, i was a bit shy of this 'new' art medium ...
i always thought the art of photography was to have super sharp, clear, concise imagery ...
using a full understanding of depth of field, shutter speeds and such to achieve said imagery!
{ i still very much love and appreciate the magic of 'straight up' photographic art  }

but, i realize now there is a lovely marriage between the two arts ...
traditional and photography
artography

layering textures and other photos can make your image burst in ways unimagined ...
making them artful : )

so,
from time to time
i would to like share with you
before and afters of images that i have given texture treatments to
as well as the steps taken to achieve various looks ...
to give you ideas ... 
perhaps maybe inspire you to play! 

an ah, artography series, if you will : )

 [ warning: can be completely addicting ]

let's go through some steps to give you a more clear idea of what i am talking about ...
let's start with this raw image ...

:: the hood of a rusty old, abandoned auto ::
while i love the blues of the chrome, i wanted to warm up the rust 
and give the whole image a rich feel ...
so 
:: i adjusted the curves a bit to deepen it ::
...
:: then, i added kim klassen's mustard seed texture, color blending, opacity 41% ::
which softened the blue hues and bumped the rusts
...
:: then, i added kim klassen's grunged texture, color blending, opacity 100% ::
as well as a layer with my signature ... and that's it ... 
ta da!

a person could play and play and play and make changes
but i think this is the warm, rich look i had envisioned ...
what do you think?
open for critiques ... : )

while i will sometimes use my own photos to create textures
such as in my leading ah, artography image,
i am especially fond of using kim's textures as her textures are created 
in the traditional art sense using brushes, paints, collages, etc, etc ...
her works do amazing things to an image ...
i love that her art is part of the creative process in creating my art!
...

it is timely that today i begin my ah, artography series
as today, i received my early subscriber copy of  ...
{drum roll please}
hot out of the oven!!



a must see, must have e.book 
if you have the eensy weensiest desire to play with photos!

kim offers her textures, tutorials, photoshop e.courses
and even the kitchen sink (well, her test kitchen sink perhaps!)
at her CAFĂ© 
where she continuously serves
a most generous helping of creativity!

thanks, kim for inspiring me and so, so many ~ *hugs*

...

and to take you out, another sample of crazy texture work ...
please roll your mouse back and forth over the image
to see the before and after
this will be the format i will use in future ah.artography posts
: )



looking forward to sharing more ah.artography with you soon ~

cheers to creativity
...
may your 'ah'tumn weekend be lovely ~

xo






6 comments:

Diane said...

pure and lovely artography!

Jamie said...

What a wonderful new series! I just got my copy of Kim's Cookbook and can't wait to start playing!

Kim Klassen said...

oh my word, pg... you are the sweetest friend ever!! thank you..

and your images... flippity flip!! wowzer!! love the before and afters!!

love you!! xxo, kim

Gilly said...

Thanks for showing us exactly what you did to get the end result; I've wanted to experiment with textures for ages (especially combining more than one), but am never sure where or how to start. This is really helpful.
Gilly

kelly@thebluemuse said...

ah mazing! i, too have fallen in love with this "medium" or become addicted, whichever you prefer :)
kim's textures are the best, i love what you've done with them here!
xoxo
kelly

Roberta T said...

beautiful stuff