Backgrounds, again

Bromilliad_400wmThis stunning bromeliad blossom was a very exciting find. I knew the colors and textures would translate well with my process. I designed A Burst Of Bromeliad without a border and created shading to have  the piece appear to float directly on top of the paper.

Move forward a couple of years, I am now printing my work as dye infused metal prints and I felt that it was not a good base for a print without some kind of background. So I created a version with a border, but kept the white background.

But why stop there? I decided to try a third version, this time using a repeating design for the background. I find it fascinating that the same artwork can look so much different when put in a different environment. Which is your favorite?

Motif for printing on paper
Motif for printing on paper
Green border with white float
Green border with white float
Lavender border with fabric float
Lavender border with fabric float

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Digital Painting on Aluminum

I use “Digital Painting on Aluminum” to loosely describe my artworks. They are not strictly paintings and I certainly don’t paint them on aluminum. I manipulate images using sophisticated computer software to the point where the image is no longer literal. I feel my pieces fall outside the bounds of traditional photography. I use the image as “paint” that I squeeze and tease through fantastical mirrors. Composition and shading are essential elements—and are completely within my control.

My pieces are created on a computer and must be printed for you to be able to hang them on your wall. But when I print out my work on paper, even on super glossy paper, I lose the vibrancy that I see on my computer monitor. I choose to print my work on aluminum because it offers the closest thing I have seen to the back-lit glow of a screen. The results are a vivid print, almost glowing with color. Details are crisp and there is a depth in the surface that accentuates the modeling I do with my artwork.

I do not create aluminum prints myself; I must have them printed through a service. The process involves coating a sheet of ridged aluminum with a special ground. Then, my image is printed and embedded in this base coating. They are lightweight and easy to hang. As a bonus, the print doesn’t require a frame or glass, instead, mounting hardware allows the image to “float” above the wall.