Many of my abstracts are combinations of photoshop manipulations and digital hand painting. People often ask me how to do this, unfortunately it’s difficult to answer. What I do is break everything down to individual manipulations. I have a mental tool bag, if one thing doesn’t work, try another and another and another… Eventually, you get to a place where almost anything is possible and if you don’t know how to do it, it becomes a challenge to figure out. I can’t say enough about the power of a tablet and pen when doing this sort of stuff. I know others who only use a mouse and they do great but I prefer that old familiar feeling of a pencil, pen, or brush in my hand. In the end most people really don’t care how you got there as long as it’s visually stimulating.
An early work where I used some then new methods using the LR adjustment brush to paint color into a translucent building. The image was taken at the Bloch Building, the modern art arm of the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City. The Bloch is truly one of top architectural wonders of the world.
Another image derived from something taken at the Bloch Building. I take my oldest son Josh there now and then. He’s autistic but sometimes I think he gets the art better than I do. Josh’s role in our family is to keep us all young at heart.
Lost is a composite image relating how I felt at a low time in my life, I think everyone has their trials and things to deal with. Like this guy, we are lucky if we get to have another day to turn it around. The lost entity was created from a picture of the headless body sculptures on the Nelson lawn. The head was created using cloning and drawing with a pen on the wacom tablet. The base image is an HDR of some ruins in Lee’s Summit, MO. To mix it up, the image is also part black and white with toning. I’ve almost stopped doing HDRs completely as processing tools for raw file have progressed, but this one was one of my favorites. People either love it or hate it, but it did win Best of Show!