Jan Handman  

House of Refuge by Jan Handman

February 2021 - House of Refuge

February 2021 - Jan Handman


February 2021 - Jan Handman

Original 2

February 2021 - Jan Handman

Original 3

About the Image(s)

This silly goose decided to skip the flight south for the winter and hole up in a cozy cottage instead. I started with Original 1 as the background. I didn't want much detail there, so I cropped off the bottom and side, and then just kind of painted with a white brush at reduced opacity to cover up the broken fence. Next I added the cottage. I wanted it to look warm and inviting, so I added a glow to the windows with a yellow radial gradient brush, and the smoke coming out of the chimney. Next I created the path by painting a light brown, and then white on the edges to represent shoveled up snow. Next I added the three trees in front of the cottage using PS Filter>Render>Tree. The goose, the flock of flying geese, the sun, and a few clouds were added. The goose needed a "silly" factor so I added the muffler around his neck. I tried putting a hat with ear flaps on him too, but couldn't get it to look right and finally gave up. Then I flattened the image and applied an Oil Paint filter in PS and the Snow texture and a white vignette in On1.

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11 comments posted

Lori Lankford   Lori Lankford
Jan, I always look forward to seeing your work. I love that you usually have a bird or duck. This is whimiscal and artistic. Great work!   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:20:22

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
You've got my image of the month again! Thanks for putting a smile on my face - it happened as soon as I saw it!
I think the composition is faultless. Your working of the various parts is superb.
I particularly like the farmhouse conversion (You could go into business!) and the quirky goose.
I'm getting a bit fed up of the snow around here just now - I'm not built for shovelling the stuff and it's so cold and wet. I reckon the goose needs re-educating to get away from it. But the snow effect and the white vignette are fine touches for your image.
Well done on creating another masterpiece.   Posted: 02/09/2021 16:47:20
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Steve, you're too kind. Thank you. I hope your snowfall soon becomes Spring blossoms!   Posted: 02/11/2021 14:42:52
Steve Estill   Steve Estill
The bulbs are trying hard - the forecast is for a bit more warmth next week, so maybe they'll start opening up. Just now it's really cold (-22 Deg C, -8 Deg F) we're just not designed for it!   Posted: 02/11/2021 14:54:07
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Oh my, that is terribly cold. Sending warm thoughts!   Posted: 02/13/2021 14:39:49

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
This is a beautiful image, Jan. You did such a good job of pulling it all together-cozy cottage, silly goose and snowy day.   Posted: 02/10/2021 14:58:17

Alan Kaplan   Alan Kaplan
This is another successful On1 + Oil Paint image. The shoveled up snow completes the whole scene, and the scarf says this is all whimsy. However, when people read a book, listen to music, or look at art, they interpret that art based on their own experiences. On good weather days, I go to a local wildlife preserve called The Celery Farm. It seems that every Canadian goose on the east coast makes an overnight visit there at one time or another. I go so frequently that I occasionally see an "orphan" goose that has not flown away with a flock. It's for this reason that the flock of geese add a touch of sadness for me for the lone goose.   Posted: 02/15/2021 10:49:05
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Awww. That makes me sad too. Good thing this image is all make believe...   Posted: 02/23/2021 17:46:17

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
Absolutely lovely, Jan. The scarf around that up-and-personal close goose is really cute. I too think that the geese in the sky are a needed touch. This is a beautiful winter scene and it puts this viewer into a nostalgic mode! We don't seem much snow in SC, but I grew up with it and played in it, and love it!   Posted: 02/24/2021 12:30:01

Wanda Krack   Wanda Krack
(Group 28)
A delightful image. I enjoy it much.   Posted: 02/25/2021 08:46:04

Fran McFadzen   Fran McFadzen
I do like that muffler on the goose's neck. Lots of story there. Fairytale... In my opinion, the house could be a little softer so that it looks more as if it is far away.   Posted: 02/28/2021 01:25:44