Some time ago, I produced several images of autumn thickets...tangled woodland scenes. I sold quite a few, but this one stuck with me, and I had to admit to myself that it lacked punch.
I have been studying it for quite some time now, and suddenly I thought I might know what to do with it. Here it is:
Then, I put my original thicket image into Photoshop. I guess, if you do not have such a programme or have no idea how to use it even if you do, you could resort to using, say, gouache or acrylic paint on a paper print-out - but although I am not a graphic designer, I do know a little about using Photoshop, and am able to use SOME of its simpler features.
I decided that the image bottom left appealed to me the most and could be the most inspirational in terms of my glass piece. So I began to use the "brush" tool in photoshop, to add some silver birch trunks and branches into the image, together with some of those wonderful bright larger leaves, just a hint of them. I suffer with a hand-shake syndrome, so using the mouse for linear work is not easy for me, but never mind, I feel it adds interest to have a few wobbly marks! The greatest tool is the "edit" button...if I did not like a mark, I simply went back a step, and hey presto, it was gone.
Here is my finished Photoshopped piece. WOW...my original piece certainly has some punch now!!! My intention is to do this with the glass. How? is a question I am sure my fellow glassy artists are asking. Well...I plan to experiment. I could use glass paints/glass enamels. I could use carefully-cut strips of white opaque glass, perhaps pre-firing them having added some paint and/or powder for shadows..I could use wafers perhaps, and since I have never worked with wafers I thought I would try this - to make some ferns, leaves, and perhaps even tree trunks to add to the piece instead of paint. I like to experiment and try out new ideas, so this is an opportunity.
I thought I would leave this blog post here, and will show the finished piece, together with the results of the wafer-making, in the next post. Off I go to the studio now. Watch this space!!!