"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“Layer It, Paint It, Layer It, Then Paint It Again!”

For over two years now I have been working on a process that is a bit different than the norm. It involves taking a original photograph, duplicating the original and painting over it, then using a method for raising each brush stroke to give the painted version some texture/depth, then repeat those steps to raise the texture and depth even more. By using layers and continually adding, I can create a painting that has depth and sometimes some shadow dropoff on the edge of those brush strokes that looks rather stunning when printed out on canvas.

This image here of a magnolia bloom really does not show the depth/texture that well, except for maybe near the center of the bloom. Looks wonderful in print!

© 2007 – Michael Brown
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The bottom image here is of some wildflowers I found while out shooting one day down around my parents home out in the country. This image was duplicated three times. That’s 3 different layers painted 3 different times, then combined together in photoshop. A lot of work, but it does consistantly give me something different that appeals to me!

© 2006 – Michael Brown
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For both pieces that you see here I used Photoshop CS mainly for layering and texture building, then using Painter & Studio Artist 3.0 for painting with various brushes.

Thanks for looking everyone!


January 7, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 12 Comments


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