­ Merry Christmas

Photoshop | December 25, 2006 | By

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.

  1. Cin
    December 25, 2006

    to you too, hope you had a great day!

  2. wendy
    December 25, 2006

    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.

  3. Pamela
    December 25, 2006

    oooooo. awwwwwwwwww.

  4. Nancy
    December 26, 2006

    Lovely! Hope you had a good holiday.

  5. Tami
    December 26, 2006

    Thank you, Karen. Wish the same to you

  6. Laura
    December 26, 2006

    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

  7. Gladys
    December 26, 2006

    to you too :-)

  8. Brigette
    December 26, 2006


  9. Fran aka Redondowriter
    December 27, 2006

    I agree this angel is amazing. Can you talk about the medium? Hope you had a nice Christmas with your family.

  10. Casey
    December 27, 2006

    How did you do this? It’s beautiful.

  11. snowobear
    December 27, 2006

    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.


  12. Karen
    December 27, 2006

    Fran and Casey … I’ve added the rest of the how I did it story … originally posted in December 2005 …

  13. Karen
    December 27, 2006

    Pamela, Snowobear, Brigette, Tami, Wendy, Cin, Laura, Gladys … very best wishes for you for the new year …

  14. Pamela
    December 28, 2006

    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.