Jan Handman  

Perhaps to Dream by Jan Handman

November 2023 - Perhaps to Dream

November 2023 - Jan Handman


November 2023 - Jan Handman

Original 2

November 2023 - Jan Handman

Original 3

About the Image(s)

I saw an oil painting I really liked in a library. It was dreamlike and simple. So, I tried to re-imagine it with a few photos from my stash. I started with the background (Original 1), cropped it on the top and bottom, and then used PS Filter Gallery Sprayed Strokes vertical and Poster Edges. Next, I placed the tree (Original 2) as a new layer on the background. The painting I was using as my inspiration had trees with very long trunks, so I had to lengthen mine by cutting/pasting sections of it. I also added a few brush strokes with various colors over the tree tops, using Color Blend Mode so the texture of the leaves showed through, again to get a look similar to the painting. Once I had one tree, I then just copied, pasted, flipped, and distorted seven more. Once they were placed where I liked them (many tries later!), I added the daisy, duplicated, flipped, resized, etc. I added a few orange and purple brush strokes in the sky, and then used motion blur to spread them out. The sun was added next with a big yellow brush, soft edges. The painting didn’t have any people or animals in it, but I felt like mine needed something with life, so I added the man and his dog. All the shadows were added next. The tops of the trees were still looking a little too realistic, so I used Filter Gallery Sponge and Rough Pastels on them, after selecting them out with the quick selection tool. Lastly, I used a subtle Oil Paint Filter on the whole image, and Canvas Texture at 75% opacity.

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

Gunter Haibach   Gunter Haibach
What a beauty! Love everything about this picture. Gorgeous colours and tones. Very effective composition and texture. Really like how the light, yellow sun draws the eyes. Would not change a thing.   Posted: 11/07/2023 08:32:22

Steve Wessing   Steve Wessing
Excellent. Great colors and lines. You've done a good job making the trees and flowers seem individual. The silhouettes are perfectly placed. If I changed anything, it would be to give the trees on the right a bit more distance from the frame, and between. It would make the perspective feel more natural.   Posted: 11/07/2023 10:06:12

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Jan. I think we have similar approach on how to compose our composite image. We got an idea from some where. Than compose it as we dream. I like how you place bright part almost in the middle of the scene and create radiant shadows of your elements. It's really an excellent work to me.   Posted: 11/12/2023 03:55:15

Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Beautiful image, Jan. You always make sure that every detail is addressed. Excellent work with the trees and shadows. The painting in the sky is so realistic. I always look forward to your image.   Posted: 11/14/2023 12:51:25

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
I think this is superb. The work you put into this has been well worth it.
I particularly like the way you've coloured the leaves in the trees.
The textures you've used are handled very well.
The man and his dog really make this imnage for me - they're the focal point of the image as they walk towards the light. Similar to what I did with 'Coda' many moons ago:   Posted: 11/15/2023 16:07:58
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Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Steve! I do remember your Coda; super image.   Posted: 11/30/2023 16:35:14

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
Simple, but simply lovely. Definitely dreamlike. In fact, very similar to a dream that I remember from my early childhood! I also love the way that you have created the subtle background.   Posted: 11/16/2023 06:15:58

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
(Groups 18 & 40)
Super picture. Really surrealistic. Thank you for sharing.   Posted: 11/17/2023 11:05:58
Jan Handman   Jan Handman
Thanks Andrew. And thanks for visiting!   Posted: 11/30/2023 16:33:48