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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

P for ABC Wednesday

ABC WEDNESDAY ROUND 5: P is for...Problems?




Pointillism. A form of detailed painting which is made by thousands and thousands of tiny dots. It's fallen out of favor in the recent years due to the massive amount of time and energy it consumes. A friend of mine worked on one for half her life and found that when it was finished she disliked it with a passion. Not a good thing.

I've never attempted it. Not long on patience and definitely short of dedication, I turned to watercolor because it often paints itself. A little water, a little pigment, a piece of paper and a few turns of the paper often manages to make an underpainting to be finished with a few broad strokes and a bit of negative painting.

The image is one of my first watercolors, an underwater scene, which I opened in Adobe Photoshop Elements to invert its color and then used the Pointillize filter. It shows a bit of the action required by this form of painting.

And that was the end of my patience.

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28 comments:

Life with Kaishon said...

Fascinating!

Sistertex said...

Can't blame you, I don't think I would have the patience to complete a painting using the pointillism technique either. Actually....probably not for painting in general, I can't paint a wall decently. But I did enjoy your painting and think taking advantage of computer tools is marvelous and also takes talent to do it well.

Very nice!

Anonymous said...

This is amazing... I absolutely loved your painting and the way you altered it in Photoshop. Beautiful!

Shadowplay said...

Accidentally hit "publish" without being able to first leave my name!

Just know that last comment was from butterfingers here. LOL.

Hildred and Charles said...

Thank goodness for Photoshop Elements, - I would think one would fall asleep making millions of little dots, but perhaps the Passion would keep one awake.

photowannabe said...

Lovely work and I think your patience was long enough to create a great work of art.

anthonynorth said...

I don't think I'd have the patience for such a laborious way either. Mindst you, I can't paint anything anyway - unlike you. That's a great picture.

Mara said...

No wonder those type of paintings are always very expensive when showing up on Cash in the Attic and other programmes like it!

nonizamboni said...

The exact reason I love watercolor too. But who wouldn't admire pointillism from afar. Beautiful illustration!

Q said...

Positivly amazing. Very cool how you did your painting.
I have never been able to paint anything I like, with or without photoshop. I seem to have taken to photography.
The pointillism method is amazing. I saw a group of paintings done by a young woman who used pollen that had dropped from a flower as her inspiration.
I always enjoy your ABC Wednesday.
Thank you,
Sherry

Joy said...

Yes patience would be a big requirement. Difficult technique to pull off but do like Pissaro's paintings. Clever use of photoshop, like that.

Kristy Worden said...

a dilettante, a dabbler, must be why I like you so much, what a pain to get to the end and not like it in a painting... a poem is so much easier to change.

Paula Scott said...

Aside from patience, I think pointillism also requires a bit of being obsessive. I actually enjoy doing pointillism, but I don't do much of it.
Great image, though!

Grace and Bradley said...

That is definitely a beautiful image, either watercolor or Photoshop, you have done well. Who needs patients!

Roger Owen Green said...

pointillism would probably literally drive me mad; I appreciate OTHER'S dedication, but it AIN'T for me!

Janie said...

I'd never heard of pointillism, but a single art project that takes half a lifetime would be way too much effort for me. Sad that the artist didn't like it after all that work. I like your watercolor, and it's cool that you can use photoshop to achieve the pointillism effect without the huge expenditure of time.

Irene said...

Pointillism made me think of Kyle XY. Watercolours are nice. It's interesting that it can be photoshopped. Thank you for sharing your painting and the process.

Carol said...

Springtime green
floats in seas of blue
fathomless depths

Jama said...

This is the first time I've heard of pointillism, don't think I've the patience to do it, rather do a short cut and use Photoshop!!

Spiderdama said...

Lovely work;-)

Dragonstar said...

I love the painting. Photoshop can obviously be very useful! I love the look of watercolour, but I've never been any good at it.

Thanks for your visit.

Reader Wil said...

Pointillism is a way of painting I like very much. The impressionistic painters have always been my favourites! Lateron when I was in Australia, I noticed that the ancient Aborigines also used pointillism for their rock paintings. This was beautiful!

Rose said...

I've seen some examples of pointillism and often thought how much time that might take. How awful to be dissatisfied with something that took so long to make! Your idea of using the Adobe Photoshop to create the same effect is much cleverer.

RuneE said...

I don't even paint, so I'm duly impressed :-)

jay said...

Aaaaah! Pointillism!

You know, when I was a child, I used to watch my father make detailed, technically perfect drawings of beetles (he was a coleopterist - a studier of beetles) which would then often be published in Entomological Society newsletters or books. The technique he used was pointillism done with a dip pen and Indian ink, which to me seemed quite normal - in fact, my brother and I used to try to make drawings this way too, though of course, ours never looked anything like what they were supposed to be!

I do like your Photoshopped watercolour! I have used some of my photographs as notecards by using Photoshop filters to enhance/and distort them, and I think your painting would be wonderful used in the same way!

Beverley Baird said...

Lovely artwork! Great P post!

Judi said...

One of my favorite paintings, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, uses this style. Wouldn't you love to know what Seurat would say about Photoshop? Great P and painting.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

A picturesque P post! Wonderful artwork!