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Welcome to this new space…

The Art of Painterly Photography

with Creative Surface Designs

I have been running workshops on this way of Photography for a while now and I have tried and failed to create a separate blog or two over the years about adding creative surfaces to photographs to make painterly, often soft, depth to photographs that are destined to be printed, hung and enjoyed rather than residing on a hard drive somewhere, being neglected, or worse - forgotten about.

The idea of creating a separate space for this has been with me for a long time. Slowly and surely, the idea of having a separate space on my website seemed to make more and more sense. However - I did not want it to read along a timeline like a blog - I wanted it to be like reading a book so the idea of the index in the right hand margin was born. Added to that I want it to be a less formal book, more like chatting to friends. So here we are…

At long last I can get writing about all that I have discovered about achieving my own style of photography that has become known as my Art of Painterly Photography - hopefully all nicely wrapped up in tales and news to inspire you on your adventures with Painterly Photography.

I liken crafting a painterly, meaningful piece of photographic art to building a house – from the ground up, built on strong foundations that cannot be seen but will sustain the house for a very long time.

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What are the foundations I hear you ask.

 
 
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For me, simply put, they can be divided up into three components:

  • good composition

  • successful lighting that is both correct and relevant to your image. For my work, I prefer to use natural light. You may want to use your studio lighting set up – that’s absolutely fine… You may choose directional or even light and infill to flatten/reduce strong shadows with reflectors for a softer result.

  • harmonious colour combinations. If you don’t feel confident about this, then look up colour harmonies, complementary, analogous, triads, split complementaries and more. Don’t be scared of the language – maybe treat yourself to a colour wheel.

More of this later…

Having said all this, please, please, please proceed with an open mind! You have an idea of what you want the end result to be but by having your mind wide open, then you may just welcome the unexpected/serendipitous that may just make a difference to your work and take you on a completely new pathway that becomes your whole world!

Your own, signature style is hidden within you and no one else…

HEALTHWARNING: The Art of Texture can become addictive!!!

Enjoy your travels,

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