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Old 01-14-2003, 10:58 AM
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Dream Cottage

I recently spent a lot of time scanning and repairing hundreds of 35mm slides taken by my dad in Europe in the 1950s. He had a wonderful eye and sense of composition. He spotted this cottage while driving along a road in Belgiun, stopped and just clicked it. Unfortunately it was an overcast day and very little light shining on the house. This picture definitely needs some colour corrections done to it before it can become art, but the cottage is so charming I just can't restist it!

So this is a double challenge in a way... I invite you to first brighted it up and then have some fun turning it into art. I would love to see what can be done with it!
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Old 01-14-2003, 11:03 AM
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my 1st effort

I have never submitted to an art challenge (although I must admit I have been lurking occasionally)

I adjusted the levels and curves and then tried a watercolour technique. I did add some blue to the sky and greened up the front lawn beforehand.
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Old 01-14-2003, 11:04 AM
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well ok, seems the file did not attach. Let me try again....
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Old 01-14-2003, 01:50 PM
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Raven, welcome to photo art. What a wonderful first attempt! What watercolor technique did you use? It turned out great!

The picture is wonderful too. You say you have "hundreds" of pics? Hmm...wonder if you'd be willing to send me a few to use as mini-challenges? If so, email them to pstewart@innographx.com.

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Old 01-14-2003, 02:58 PM
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Hey Marie, that's a beautiful photo to work with! I started out with photoshop and did some layer masking to put blue into the sky so it wasn't so washed out and did a curves adjustment on the rest to bring up the contrast. then I went into painter classic and did a lot of painting using the oil cloner. then I went back to PS to do a bit of final tweaking.

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Old 01-14-2003, 04:40 PM
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just a quick reditiion of this beautiful cottage. All I did wa play with filters, not real work though. I adjusted the levels and curves then ran the xero illustrator plugin and added some canvas texture.
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Old 01-14-2003, 06:34 PM
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David, great oil brush look. Sanda, nice soft highlights. Chuck, the lighting change is great...nice rainbow too.

Here is my usual.

Phyllis
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Old 01-14-2003, 06:39 PM
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Raven.. great watercolor and picture to work with..

Dave and Sanda..both very nice..

Chuck..that is just awsome..You are becoming quite the artist..

This cottage looked like an etching to me..Hope it works..

Jerry
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Old 01-14-2003, 07:09 PM
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David, Sanda, Chuck, Phyllis, Jerry.. what can I say.. I love all of them! I'm astounded at the quality and variety of work on this forum. David, you are so adventurous with all these different technicques.. you're light years ahead of me. I used basically about what you had in your watercolour action you so generously shared... Im JUST starting.. gimmie a break. ok, I cheat

Sanda, again.. love it. Reminds me of some of the illustration style of vintage chilren's books.. ala Rackham? (think that's his name) Anyway.. I love this look! Chuck.. mind blowing! so vibrant. The addition of a rainbow is perfect Phyllis, this is so exciting.. everytime I think I've seen the coolest thing, you come up with another one. Jerry.. fanastic.. it looks so authentic! I must learn that technique!

I confess I had stayed away from this forum only because I KNEW I would get hopelessly hooked and I just didn't have the time to commit.. but now that I've dived in.... (dove?) I'm afraid it's all over. I foresee some late late nights...
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Old 01-14-2003, 07:26 PM
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And here's a watercolor.

Phyllis
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