Welcome to the December edition of the
It's difficult to believe another year
is drawing to a close. In fact it has gone so fast I was still working
on the November Newsletter when I realised it was halfway through
December already. However, I hope to make it up to you with not
one, but 2 high resolution images for you to download.
This month's theme is about how photographs
can be digitally manipulated to provide inspiration for final artworks,
and how pictures of artworks can be digitally manipulated to provide
So, coming up in this newsletter:
Spring Fling Selection
Video of Altered Images (not the 80's pop band)
High Resolution Images for you to Download
Just a reminder I am still exhibiting some
of my work in the Christmas Art Show at the Lillie
Art Gallery, Milngavie, Glasgow until 20th
As part of the national Homecoming 2009 programme
in Scotland, on the 25th January 2009 there are to be mass lantern
processions weaving through Dumfries, South Scotland to celebrate
the 250th Birthday of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet and
There will also be live music and a spectacular
fire sculpture show. Lantern making workshops will be taking place
throughout the region and I will be one of the artists involved.
For more information go to www.dgaa.net.
Spring Fling 2009
I have been selected for "Spring Fling
2009", the open studio event across Dumfries and Galloway at
the end of May. More news on that to follow.
This month I thought I would focus on
the manipulation of digital images as a design tool.
In the video "Altered Images" below, I
talk about how an initial photograph, e.g. of an interesting texture
or shape, once enhanced and changed by means of a computer, can
lead to a further source of inspiration in my work as shadows and
forms produce more hidden worlds to explore and develop.
However, I also like to take further steps by altering
photographic images of finished pieces themselves. These may then
be used to produce prints in their own right, or indeed act as additional
ideas for more development.
Most often I desaturate these images to produce black
and white. I love the amazing subtlety and gradations of grey this
creates. This is what I did with a detail from
. Left - detail of "Entangled"
Right - image desaturated to black and white
Now I start playing about with the brightness,
contrast, and the amount of grey in particular areas of black or
Levels of black and white are manipulated
Taking this to an extreme means I can end up with
an image considerably different from the one with which I began.
I can't help but feel there's something very Gothic about the one
below, which I would never have seen without the digital manipulation.
Levels of black and white are manipulated even
Video of Altered Images
Download a free high-resolution image for your own wall or computer
These are manipulated images from photos I took to
inspire my work. The one on the left was a tangle of seaweed with
a wonderful piece of irridescent stone glimpsing behind. I decided
to leave the colour of the stone while converting the seaweed to
black and white, thereby emphasising the lines rather than being
distracted by the greenish colour of it. The one on the right began
as the froth of the wake behind a boat. Once dropped into black
and white, the shapes became sharper, and this was emphasised far
more strongly when I then inverted the image, effectively turning
it into a negative.
Right-click on each image and select Save
Target As. You can then save the images on your computer and
print them off on photographic or watercolour paper at up to A4
size without losing any quality, or use them as desktop backgrounds
for your computer.
Be advised that the images are approximately 2MB
big, so might take a little while to download
If you run into any difficulties then please let
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