Pat Centeno  

Red Butte Garden Painting by Pat Centeno

August 2019 - Red Butte Garden Painting

August 2019 - Pat Centeno


About the Image(s)

I admit I was lazy this month, letting Topaz do all the heavy lifting. I spent more time trying to narrow down which image I wanted to turn into a painting than actually doing the work. ;) After using Adobe Camera Raw to get the exposure the way I wanted and cloning out a few stray parts, I used Topaz Impressions PhotoPainting I style's default settings on a Photoshop layer for the rest.

This spot was on the east side of Salt Lake City. It rained hard for most of our tour, but when the sun suddenly came out, it hit these hills in the background and made the gardens light up with a nice contrast. After I noticed it, I dug the camera out of the raingear fast before it could change again.

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

Cyril Mazansky
Pat, no excuses needed for using Topaz! If it works, which it does very nicely, use it.
I love the brush strokes on the purple foreground colors and on the green leaves.
The path dissects the two groups nicely allowing one to concentrate on each.   Posted: 08/08/2019 07:54:10

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
I love topaz and what it can do and even if I am using painter or Mixer Brush I love to see its possible effects. I believe it is a good working strategy. Also, you found a great preset here and to me it works perfectly. I feel your artistic eye saw a great image and glad the camera was handy. The painting added so much to the image.
I know your image is straight,( by looking at the tree on the left,) but my eye still wants to straighten the horizon. Just an idea. See Digital review where I used warp to give it more of a straighter horizon.

I feel the rain really. enhanced the saturation which adds so much and makes the image pop. To me, the lavender plant in the foreground and and small spots of color through-out the image adds depth of field and interesting and the foreground plant acts as a strong point of interest supporting and complimenting the nice leading line of the path into the garden.   Posted: 08/08/2019 15:00:55

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
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Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
I love what Topaz did in this image. The brush strokes that were created are great and are not overpowering in their construction of detail. And compositionally, I love the leading line that the path creates through the painting and the saturation that the rain brought out. One small nit pick - there are some white brush strokes throughout the painting. I dont mind many of them, but would personally like to see some of the white brush strokes in the main flower bed (above the path but below the trees) reduced a bit if possible.   Posted: 08/09/2019 13:36:28

Elinor Stecker-Orel   Elinor Stecker-Orel
What a beautiful scene that you've rendered nicely. I love the composition and, especially, the colors. The brush strokes are effective and are reminiscent of Van Gogh.   Posted: 08/11/2019 19:49:59

Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
The end result and the satisfaction you derived from doing so, is all that matters.
Well done.   Posted: 08/16/2019 02:23:16

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Thanks, everyone for your insightful comments. I agree with Nancy that it looks better with a more straight line as a horizon. Since the gardens were not flat, I suppose it was a natural low hillside terrain, but it never occurred to me to try straightening it for a more natural appearance. Yes, Cindy & Nancy, you're right that the rain did add a more saturated color enhancement.   Posted: 08/21/2019 17:28:27