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Oil Painting of Palm Valley Tree by Witta Priester

January 2020 - Oil Painting of Palm Valley Tree

January 2020 - Witta Priester


About the Image(s)

This photo was taken with my cell phone while I was out playing golf last month. I saw this tree and thought it was striking (and I LOVE lone trees). I would have preferred a shot from a lower perspective so I wouldn’t have to clone out the trees in the background, but my foursome needed to move on…

I brought the photo into photoshop, did the clonng using content-aware fill, and then used a B&W adjustment layer with beige toning. There seemed to be a ray of light from the upper left corner so I enhanced that. Then I made two copies of the image using stamp visible. The PS oil paint filter was applied at different settings to the two image copies ” one at med-high settings to get the swirly texture on the tree, and the other at lower settings for the rest of the photo. A mask was used to combine the two oil paint layers. A stroke around the outside helped contain the image.

I usually think “painterly” cries out” fine art”. What do you think? Any ideas for improvement?

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

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
The best camera to use is always the one you have on hand! Good catch.
Although there are many tiny branches on this tree, it lends itself to a graphical interpretation, in my opinion. Hence, the square crop and oil painting do not render the full extent of its impact to me.
Playing with it, I decided to give it a more radical vertical crop. I added a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, to increase contrast, and then added a BW adjustment layer, to convert it to monochrome. On the BW layer palette, I took each color slider down, except blue and magenta.   Posted: 01/17/2020 05:39:57
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Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
The monochrome treatment works well on this image. The walkway and the distant trees in the original image add interest. For me, the distant trees make the foreground tree look larger and more lonely. The oil painting filter makes the tree look feathered rather than finely branched. I prefer the original branch look.

Regarding what makes something "painterly" and "fine art" is interesting. Perhaps we need to start up our discussion group again. To me, painterly is not necessarily applying a paint effect. Many people make "painterly" images in camera. For example, see:

Impressionistic Photograpy: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush by Charles Needles
  Posted: 01/24/2020 13:27:08