I had an interesting comment on the spatter technique today; an artist wrote that they thought this technique was not a "proper" use of the paint. Perhaps this can lead to an interesting discussion: What IS proper use of paint? What is allowable or inadmissible? While I personally wouldn't base my entire career on spattering, there are artists who have and do...Jackson Pollack comes to mind. Vance Kirkland. The late performance painter Denny Dent. I've seen many realist painters who use the technique (especially landscape painters). If memory serves, Robert Vickrey, the great egg tempera artist, has used this technique as well.
All your comments are welcome!
So, since we're on the subject (sort of) photos and art, the very fine artist Marian Fortunati had an odd thing happen when posting her photo yesterday: all the colors showed up in reverse, like a color negative (if anyone remembers film anymore!). Go to her blog to hers. Below is a sample of one my paintings with the 'invert' next to it.
Although Marian inadvertently inverted, you can do it by clicking on Control + I (or Cmmd + I for Macs, or from the top toolbar: Image/Adjustments/Invert).
It's an interesting, if odd, effect but led me to thinking how (if we can get past the idea that we're cheating), the computer might expand our painting universes a bit.
What if...what if we underpainted an entire image in it's complementary colors, and then top painted with the 'real' colors...? We know that painting on toned canvases gives good effects. What would this be like?
As you can see if the side by side above, though, the complementaries as seen by Photoshop are, well, maybe a bit drab and weird. If I was going to try this, I'd try upping the saturation, as in the image to the left. (Click on Control + H (or Cmmd + H for Macs, or from the top toolbar: Image/Adjustments/Hue-Saturation) for the Hue Saturation Dialog box, and move the saturation slider all the way to the right).