Nancy Speaker, QPSA  

Storm at Sunset by Nancy Speaker, QPSA

October 2019 - Storm at Sunset

October 2019 - Nancy Speaker, QPSA


About the Image(s)

This image is from our current two month RV travel trip - CA to PSA Conference in WA and back home. We had a lovely lighting storm at Sunset in Lakeview, Oregon and it made for a wonderful scene. I did not have a lighting trigger so, I used the window ledge. I had put my tripod away so we could get out of the rain and my original image was very noisy with the high ISO needed.

I thought I would paint this with some recent PS mixer Brush techniques I am learning from Michelle Parsley. This is entirely hand painted, and I used the variety of her brushes to enhance this image. The most difficulty for me was, she has us put an empty layer above the image so we can check for holes which can ruin a print and can show obvious pixel change of textures between painted and unpainted pixels. I am working on my laptop as we travel right now and it is difficult to see all the holes, so, I spent more time searching and correcting the holes than I did painting the image. I also used Color effect pro to brighten the original image, gave it warmer tones, enhanced the saturation, and added a vignette.

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7 comments posted

Nancy what a great painting with so much drama and impact. The way you handled the clouds and the grass are very impressive.
You are both a quick learner & a good student!
Well done   Posted: 10/03/2019 17:06:11
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Thank you Cyril. I have not used the mixer brush for a landscape so delighted to see it could be done   Posted: 10/04/2019 10:43:53

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
I love the big, "sweepy" paint strokes that you used for the grasses and sky. And the new color tones in the image are wonderful. Your painted rendition took an already dramatic image and put it into dramatic hyperdrive. I also love that the farmhouse is set off against the calm orange sky. Excellent result.
I have not tried any landscapes yet with the Michelle Parsley techniques, they'll now be added to my list of things to do.
  Posted: 10/04/2019 10:37:35
Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Hi Cindy. I used the greasy blender for the sky the skin brush for the house and the hair brushes for the grasses . Like Michelle says I had to be careful of the edges as I was getting a blue and red when I didn't brush out to the edge . Thank you for your kind words. So excited to see your last month's image received an honorable mention in the psa councils challenge that was posted at the PSA conference
Happy painting ! We are traveling and I think my lap top computer is having some problems so I might not be able to paint until I can take it in for repair. However I will still see all on my iPad.   Posted: 10/04/2019 10:52:14

Elinor Stecker-Orel   Elinor Stecker-Orel
Nancy, this is terrific! If possible, could you explain how adding a blank layer helps reveal the "holes." I always have trouble finding the difference between painted and unpainted pixels.
Congratulations from me, too.   Posted: 10/05/2019 17:06:43

Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
Excellent and wonderfully transformed. You should be very pleased with your achievement. Congratulations.   Posted: 10/14/2019 07:31:51

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
It was a pleasure seeing you at the Conference, Nancy. And here I thought our drive out to Spokane was a long trip. Yours was a regular odyssey. And it's great that you were able to immediately use a scene you captured en route.
I have only seen mammatus clouds like this a couple times and they always made me run to grab my camera. They look so dramatic. Your painted rendition with its hailstone glow and wispy strokes add to the dramatic look. The idea of sunset carries over via the orangy color into the tall field grass.

I think I sort of know what you are saying about searching for holes on the blank layer is similar to what I learned to do with masks after I found unexpected stray areas on my prints in the past.   Posted: 10/29/2019 13:27:15