Phillipa Frederiksen, EFIAP MAPS SSAPS  

Still Life by Phillipa Frederiksen, EFIAP MAPS SSAPS

November 2020 - Still Life

November 2020 - Phillipa Frederiksen, EFIAP MAPS SSAPS

Original 1

November 2020 - Phillipa Frederiksen, EFIAP MAPS SSAPS

Original 2

November 2020 - Phillipa Frederiksen, EFIAP MAPS SSAPS

Original 3

About the Image(s)

Firstly I was taking photos so that I could try to paint a still life in oils.
One of my photos was taken on the extra wide lens on my iPhone, which of course distorted the image a little.
This gave me the idea of distorting my paining even further.
I then distorted the photo even further than that, cutting the image in half and distorting the sections even further in the iPhone App Superimpose.
I put the painting on top of the really distorted image in Photoshop and checked out the blending mode.
I really liked the extra dark version.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Phillipa, Your image, although a still-life, has a resonance of 5th November and Guy Fawkes celebrations. I love the maroon/violet side-lighting which works well and creates a sense of mystery and intrigue to the overall visual story. This is enhanced further by the green/blue granularity in the picture. I prefer the darkness you have created in favour of your Originals 1 and 2 which are well exposed and tick the technical boxes but for me lack the visual excitement that you have created. You have taken your still-life to a new level. Well done.   Posted: 11/04/2020 11:16:45

Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Your image reminds me of the beauty of the fluorescence induced by viewing objects under a UV light. Your use of multiple dark S curves give a nice sense of motion, which is not often seen in a still life. Your use of complimentary color areas in the flowers, is hinted at in the lower right, create the interest that makes me want to keep looking at your image. Your imagination and hard work have paid off handsomely.

  Posted: 11/05/2020 21:05:35

Charles Ayars   Charles Ayars
Phillipa, thanks for your imaginative work of taking a still life and making it dynamic. The lighting is great in the way it accents the handles and various curves. For me it was a little dark so I decided to see what it might look like if it were a little lighter. I took it into camera raw and then played with brightness and contrast. I also took out the light spots on the bottom two pieces of pottery. Thanks for letting me learn from your piece of art.   Posted: 11/06/2020 15:36:49
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Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Charles, Your iteration works for me and the added colour contrast makes the composition pop out of the background.   Posted: 11/07/2020 05:14:13
Phillipa Frederiksen   Phillipa Frederiksen
I have to admit that it IS an improvement!   Posted: 11/07/2020 16:43:42
Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
Wow!   Posted: 11/30/2020 11:24:14

Joan Field   Joan Field
I have to say that the dark mode is a little too dark for my pleasure. I love your painting, by the way. Original 2 is my favorite and I am looking for something in-between the really dark image and that. Charles' suggestion is getting there. Since you tried out all of the blending modes, what caught your fancy was something that was quite different from the original, which might be expected. We are always looking for something unusual. Your composition with the wide-angle lens is excelling. I love the way the leading line of the pottery leads to the flowers.   Posted: 11/25/2020 16:24:15

Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
I love all versions of this. Your original choice is excellent, and the darkness seems quite appropriate to me. I really like Charles' high contrast version!
  Posted: 11/30/2020 11:26:20