My Digital Abstracts begin with taking to the street, my Nikon D90 in hand, and photographing natural materials and objects. Anything with an interesting texture catches my eye: weathered brick, cracks in asphalt, rocks, broken glass, stucco, leaves, etc. These images are then downloaded to my Mac, taken into Adobe Photoshop, enhanced and “defined” as patterns. As patterns, they can be applied to selected shapes and areas of any other image.
The initial image that will eventually become an abstract work could be anything from a photo of my cats or of people at a flea market, cars lining my street, etc. I then use the numerous tools in Photoshop to alter the image in a variety of spontaneous ways. I never know quite where the process will take me. Hopefully, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Once the process has brought the image to a place I’m happy with, I choose certain areas and shapes within the image and begin applying my previously collected patterns. Some of the selected areas and shapes will also be given highlights, drop shadows, etc. to give them a 3-D appearance. Each piece requires numerous steps and of the literally thousands of possibilities, I must select the few that give me that “aha!” feeling.
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