Sunday, October 21, 2007

On to Italy

I was lucky enough to take a trip to Italy this summer, where I found one interesting/lovely image after another. I came home with 1000+ photos to work from in paints. In searching for a subject matter, I was looking for something that would work as a vertical painting to put in the rotation of images that will eventually rotate through my Home Page once my website is up and running.

The photo I chose to work from was one of those unexpected moments you can capture because you just happen to be there at the right time.

What I saw in this photo was an opportunity to have a lot of fun with creating texture, the texture of a medieval city, along with this small window of modern, yet foreign to me, life--the group of nuns.

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Anonymous said...

Well, I guess I'm your first comment. I wish I could see the nun picture before to compare. I don't really see the diff. But I do see the diff in the house painting. I like the new color to the path. I also liked the pebbled look, either is real. You have talent, that's for sure. Petie

Anonymous said...

Seeing the photo with he painting is illuminating. It is a much more interesting scene in the painting, with the nuns walking out of the view.

Riverguy said...


The painting by itself if beautiful. But when I look at the photo, I feel this mystery – I feel the ancient walls and the depth of the scene. I feel that I’m privileged to be able to see the nuns way down there and that they are distinctly the focus of the picture. In the painting, the foreground looks bright and new and I don’t feel the “ancient mystery.” The bright foreground also seems to “flatten” the image as it takes out the feeling of depth. The original is almost like looking down a tunnel.

I guess I might have some stronger-than-usual feelings about this scene as the original photo reminds me of some similar scenes I experienced in some of the awe-inspiring ancient cities of Israel. It’s the “ancient” feeling I’m looking for.

Your work is awesome, Margaret! Keep it coming!