Terry Clark  

Loess Hills by Terry Clark

May 2020 - Loess Hills

May 2020 - Terry Clark


About the Image(s)

The original is a 19-year-old .JPEG image that was taken along the Loess Hills of western Iowa. Those hills loom 20-30 stories above the Missouri river bottom land. Rows of new corn are just emerging from the black soil. About 8% of the Iowa corn crop has emerged so this image seems appropriate for this month. I chose this image because it has several strong elements. The diagonal lines add a dynamic quality to an otherwise bucolic scene which is capped by the major horizontal line fading into the distance. The vertical windmill adds strength to the left side of the image, which anchors the hill line. And I aways like curves. The original was processed through the D.A.P. Watercolour filter at maximum saturation. It was sandwiched between original with a faint copy of the original over the watercolour version. This gave me better control of the saturation. Then lots of localized adjustments of HSL, Curves and Selective Colours with selected erasures were applied.

6 comments posted

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
The watercolor treatment of this original is wonderful. I agree that it brought out the curves and textures of the image.
I also love the white textured border - was this done in an "underpainting" technique? The rows of corn take my eyes constantly throughout the image. I love the peaceful, serene mood of this painting. You've brought out the best in this image through your painting and artistic choices.   Posted: 05/07/2020 13:38:25

Elinor Stecker-Orel   Elinor Stecker-Orel
Although the original image has dynamic eye movement, the picture is dull and unintersting, but your painting has turned it into something fabulous.   Posted: 05/07/2020 14:35:34

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
The DAP Watercolour filter (in addition to a few others in the DAP arsenel) produces the white border on any images it is applied onto.
I have even processed other images with that filter and erased almost all of the interior of that "pass" just so I could apply that border to those other images
  Posted: 05/07/2020 16:48:27

Nancy Speaker   Nancy Speaker
Hi Terry, love the lines and compositional elements as you stated. Your saturated colors really add a punch to the image and I like the slight texture to the brush used. The brush textures and saturated color add to the overall improvement to your well composed original. Nicely done.   Posted: 05/07/2020 19:46:10

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Terry, you continue to have such completely different images each time that I really look forward to seeing your submissions. This certainly has the look and feel of a real watercolor. The original had somewhat dull colors, but your painting added brightness and texture which made the curves a key element.   Posted: 05/09/2020 18:42:45

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
This is one of the best watercolors of an ag scene that I have seen! The Z lines are fantastic to capture the viewer's eye and taken them through the image. Why did you make the emerging corn rows yellow? The edging adds to the feel of a watercolor. Excellent rendition!   Posted: 05/12/2020 09:07:28


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