Nancy Speaker, QPSA, PPSA  

Peace  by Nancy Speaker, QPSA, PPSA

March 2023 - Peace

March 2023 - Nancy Speaker, QPSA, PPSA


About the Image(s)

This is an image from our local Lunar Asian Festival. I did a bit of removing distracting elements in the background like the man behind the subject. I made a selection of the subject and then took the original image into Studio Topaz and used the Impression Ancient Da Vinci Sketch presets and then use the Mixer brush and painted the subject. For fun, I put a brush of specks of red here and there. The calligrapher is writing the word Peace. He asked me what I wanted for the new year. That was my answer.
I also printed on Red River Art paper and did Gell embellishments. It came out as an interest piece of art that I will share with my art group this week.

3 comments posted

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
I absolutely love your background treatment. It puts the subject in his environment and does not distract from him (or convey the busy background of the original). I'm going to remember this for future paintings. For me, the red splotches really add to the impact of the image. Your painting of the subject is excellent. I wouldn't change a thing. Your art group will love this image. Peace !!   Posted: 03/13/2023 08:39:53

Martha Aguero   Martha Aguero
All together blends very nicely and the preset you use give that ancient effect, that goes so well with the theme of your paint. Very well done.   Posted: 03/21/2023 02:23:18

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I really appreciate the DOF you achieved by use of the Topaz preset. It also helps draw attention to the subject. I would add more space to the top of the image so the subject isn't crushed by the border of the image. When you mentioned he was writing "peace", the first thing that came to my mind (guy thinking) is that the red represented blood splatter. You can imagine the subsequent questions someone would ask about the man - was his killed in some foreign land that suppresses free speech, critcism of government, etc. Does the viewer know this was at a Lunar Asian Festival - we all do in this group, but not the public-at-large. I do like the process and end result of the composition as it showcases the subject well.
Maybe I watch too many cop shows and murder mysteries ...   Posted: 03/25/2023 09:33:37


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