|Six Miles Up I, 9X11", mixed media|
|Six Miles Up II, 9X11", mixed media|
Just some reactions to the recent trip out west.
I had been playing with these two panels for a month, trying out all sorts of stuff. I ended up with two panels that weren't going anywhere. Beautiful, but void of anything interesting--and everything I did buried the textures and colors back even further. So I started scumbling a gradation of white from top to bottom, and was enjoying how the effect resembled a sort of atmospheric perspective. Then I went on the plane trip.
Talk about spooky, when I got back and was looking at the plane shots, I turned to look at these two panels. Unbelievably similar. Couldn't resist the minor tweaks it took to bring them to this state.
It was a real bear trying to get these to look like the actual pieces. They were taken in full sun, but with exposure compensation turned down a bit. This preserved the texture in the clouds, but made everything else too dark, and ruined the sky tones. Photoshop saved the day, bringing the colors back to fairly accurate. This after trying to work with 8 other shots trying a variety of light and exposure settings. I didn't mean for them to become a full time job, but these versions are accurate enough.
Is this too weird--not being micro-planned out in advance and all?