Registered: August 2001
Location: Nashville. TN
Well I messed up good this time! In a effort to change out the photo, I deleted the original thread...whoops!
Apologies, Doug! :-(
Software Used: PSP7
Filters: BuzzPro2, EyeCandy & Paint Engine
First the original was cleaned of the major spots and creases and the woman was selected. Selection saved to alpha.
Then I went back and looked at some of the different Cassatt paintings and noticed that, while there are quite a few different feels and styles, NONE of the women I saw were showing their legs. The majority of the portraits were cut at knee or lap level. I do not know if this was a "moral" issue of the times, or if Ms. Cassatt just did not like painting legs.
Plan changed. Saved original, copied to an new window and cropped to the current selection. Reselected woman. (Later it was resized up to 800 width.)
Tried BuzzPro2 for the first time (and wasted half of my trial on poking around features and previewing..haha).
On selection of woman , ended up using Simplifier 1: Both/6 Simplifier HSV: Large 75-Both/Add Back Small 23 Both
Back to PSP7. Inverted selection and deleted background.
Added globs of assorted greens, blues, yellows and browns with paintbrush at varying sizes and levels of hardiness and density. (Most fairly low hardiness/density settings.) Started pushing and smudging and cloning to give a sort of woodsey feel.
Duplicated layer. Ran duplicate through the large dry brush filter.
Adjusted RGB and lowered saturation.
Merged the two background layers.
Opened Paint Engine. Bad Brush applied, then a brush setting I had saved from the VanGogh sunflowers.
Very light motion blur applied in two directions that crossed.
Merged lady with background. Continued pushing and smudging. Also used color to target and lightness up/down brushes to "paint" the lady.
Ran back over to BuzzPro2 and used simplifier 1 on overall image.
I noticed that several of the later paintings, near end of 1890's, I liked (the summer boat scene and the lady with the child in her lap had lots of yellow highlights and tint. Added a new blank raster layer. Flood filled with yellow and a canvas texture.
Lowered opacity in normal blend mode. Merged layers.
Used EyeCandy glass in a coke bottle green tint on a new layer. Set to darken blend and lowered opacity.
New blank raster layer. Touched in a few pale yellow highlights to the lady. Lowered opacity in normal blend mode.
Used the light illumination effect in a golden yellow on the upper right hand corner of a new layer set to color blend mode.
Reduction of opacity to 65%.
Used a hard hit of JPG artifact removal (Maximum/62% crisp restore) for a bit more texture.
Resized and saved jpg.
Don't know that it's "Cassatt," but it was fun!!
Per Doug's suggestion that the blacks were too black in her face, in PSP7, I loosely selected the the hair and eyes. Feathered and promoted to layer.
Dabs of browns, yellows and oranges were added in streaks to hair with paint brush. Push, smudge & eraser brushes used.
Duplicated the layer and applied a light blur to the second one. Adjusted the opacities.
Pushed and smudged around left eye. Added some slight color to both eyes. Didn't like what was happening, so I copied the right eye to a new layer and duped it to the left. More smudging, pushing and erasing blended it.
Added dabs of color and noise to a loosly selected copy of the darkest parts of the dress on a new layer.
Hit this layer with Paint Engine in "none" (none=last used??) and zap.
Lowered opacity. Merged layers. Saved jpg.