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­ Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2006

Blessings of the season to everyone!

EDITED TO add the rest of the story (originally posted December 2005)

This image was painted entirely in Photoshop using the Liquify, smudge and other gooey tools. There was no paintbrushing in this, nor preset global filters. It was done entirely by pushing around pixels, a few at a time.

Last year, in late November, a long-time dear friend of mine was remodeling her home and put in a beautiful new front door with a beveled glass insert. We happened to stop by to visit her at a time of day when the afternoon light was streaming through the door, casting scattered golden patterns on her wall. I was entranced with the look of it, and, because I never go anywhere without my digital camera, I took about a dozen shots of it from different perspectives – close up, wide, high, low and so on.

A few days later I opened one of the photos in Photoshop and just started manipulating it using my Wacom pad. I tried several different experiments but this was the one that turned out the best. My friend is a devout Catholic and attributes her recovery from the very early stages of colon cancer, and her husband’s cancer survival in part to the protection of her guardian angel. So I created a representation of that “being of light” … literally … painted with the light that came in her own door every single day. She liked it a lot and I hope you will, too.

I get a lot of mail from people asking different questions, and because I love chatting about art, I try to answer every single one. One of the most frequent questions is “where do you find inspiration?” I think that this demonstrates the process very well. I just look at things and start asking myself “what would happen if I tried this? Or this?” Sometimes you end up with a silly looking bulldog. And every now and then, an angel.

14 Comments

  1. to you too, hope you had a great day!

    Comment by Cin — December 25, 2006 @ 7:35 pm
  2. Wow! That angel sure is impressive! Have a lovely day and holiday. It’s all over bar the shouting over here. Boxing Day is quiet except for the thousands who flock to the sales in the larger stores! And… we have had rain and lots of it. Even hail, even snow in the mountains and it is mid-summer.
    W.

    Comment by wendy — December 25, 2006 @ 10:06 pm
  3. oooooo. awwwwwwwwww.
    (:

    Comment by Pamela — December 25, 2006 @ 10:36 pm
  4. Lovely! Hope you had a good holiday.

    Comment by Nancy — December 26, 2006 @ 4:03 am
  5. Thank you, Karen. Wish the same to you

    Comment by Tami — December 26, 2006 @ 8:06 am
  6. Karen, Your angel is amazing! Merry Christmas to you too, and it was such a pleasure to meet you this year. I am looking forward to seeing
    “Karen Winters Paintings” all of 2007. Laura

    Comment by Laura — December 26, 2006 @ 9:00 am
  7. to you too :-)

    Comment by Gladys — December 26, 2006 @ 10:00 am
  8. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

    Comment by Brigette — December 26, 2006 @ 3:02 pm
  9. I agree this angel is amazing. Can you talk about the medium? Hope you had a nice Christmas with your family.

    Comment by Fran aka Redondowriter — December 27, 2006 @ 12:27 am
  10. How did you do this? It’s beautiful.

    Comment by Casey — December 27, 2006 @ 11:09 am
  11. Happy New Year and thanks for all the wonderful paintings, sketches, and meditations that you leave for us; it’s been
    a pleasure and a joy.

    thanks

    Comment by snowobear — December 27, 2006 @ 12:26 pm
  12. Fran and Casey … I’ve added the rest of the how I did it story … originally posted in December 2005 …

    Comment by Karen — December 27, 2006 @ 11:57 pm
  13. Pamela, Snowobear, Brigette, Tami, Wendy, Cin, Laura, Gladys … very best wishes for you for the new year …

    Comment by Karen — December 27, 2006 @ 11:59 pm
  14. the rest of the story makes it even more impressive.
    You have the gift of imagination.
    I would have never come up with that beautiful angel from those reflections.

    Comment by Pamela — December 28, 2006 @ 12:28 am

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