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In this screenshot I'm adjusting the contrast and brightness of the falconer to try and create some more vivid blues in his jacket, so he is selected in the layers palette whilst the background remains unchanged. I am so looking forward to painting these beautiful blues, inspired by the image of the painting on the left. This is by Lucy Morrish in which she has followed the techniques used by those who painted illuminated manuscripts in the middle ages. She has actually used Lapis Lazuli and gold leaf and painted on vellum, so she is a real purist. Her painting is called 'Joseph and Aseneth' and was completed in 2019.



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Updated: Jan 22, 2021

I've now decided to work on two paintings simultaneously and have another composition worked out in Photoshop. As well as scaling up from A5 to A4 I'm going to be painting this one on canvas. As before I have scanned the landscape background and resized it in Photoshop, but this time, instead of printing it out onto cartridge paper I contacted our local printshop, Y Stiwdio Brint in Lampeter, to see if they could print onto canvas. They were closed due to covid restrictions but Ashley, who runs the business, said he could open up the printshop and do it straight away if I could collect it at 3.15. How brilliant is that and he stretched the printed canvas for me too! Tomorrow will be a painting day....



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I can make progress today so here is the next stage emerging. Scaled up from A5 to A4 is the finalised composition and next is a print on good quality cartridge paper. Before printing this second version I have deleted the stag, as he is to be added into the landscape through the medium of paint, to add more life to him. The Layers palette in Photoshop is a brilliant tool, especially for making and re-making compositions using elements from a bank of re-usable images. Also in the photo is the starting point for my next work, it's an A5 collage of some more mountain scenery leaning against my trusty old Epson scanner which can scan up to A3 size and is still supported by Windows 10!

I'm off to my studio now to start painting again....

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