From photo to watercolour
Do you want to put your own spin on the current trend of having an old small painting in a room and want something unique? Try seeing what you can do using filters and effects in your photo editing software. I learned a long time ago that I don’t follow trends but like putting my own spin on everything. I’m not into old oil paintings of landscapes so I’ve been playing with watercolour effects instead. If you want a real painting, these could always be used as a template that can be transferred onto a canvas or as a reference for the brush stokes and colours.
This week I’ve been going through old photos of our 1986 family trip to Europe. Using photos without many references to the era was a criteria for me so I could make them look old without a sporty car or mobile phone dating them. Obviously there’s a few different eras in the first photo but nothing says 1986.
While the definition of the ruins was lost a little, there’s enough on the left to suggest what they are. It was an overcast day so some loss of definition is okay in my book. I’m making it into an artwork so some artistic license is fine.
The funny thing about the photos I’ve played with is they’re quite close to the colour schemes in the “trendy” oil prints that are used by the major interior designers, not that it bothers me, I love these neutral tones and depth of colour. I wouldn’t enlarge these too much, they’d just be for little A5 size prints in frames for a book shelf.
This next one is also from England. I love the light and overhead leaves.
You’ll see plenty of foggy mountain photos on walls on Pinterest. This is my take on the theme taken about 2002.
I’ll make any adjustments to the saturation and value if they need it when printing. I love good photography but I like these watercolours better than the photos.