Sunday, May 23, 2010

jtCanvas again

A couple of digital prints arrive for framing. 

The Bourbon Street accordian player is printed on archival quality paper. The Santa Fe flamenco dancer is printed on canvas.

Both images started as low-resolution, single-frame video captures.

Pumpkin, of YouTube fame (see the May 17 article), observes from a chair.


jtCanvas is one of my recent projects, a growing collection of original digital paintings output to canvas. I'm working on a series of Southwestern, Shakespearean, and contemporary images. And just about anything else that doesn't fall into those categories.

One of the digital painting techniques I've been exploring involves starting with a single frame capture from video footage, then enlarging and manipulating the low-resolution image into a large image printed on canvas.

While in Granada, Nicaragua, with a pal JohnG, I shot a hasty few seconds of video of a papaya vendor walking down the street of the barrio (singing doo wah diddy diddy dum diddy doo... oops, wrong blog). I cropped in close on the subject, enlarged the size and resolution of the image, then sent the image through multiple painting sessions in Corel Painter software, and also through multiple modifications in Photoshop. The final canvas is 40 x 30 inches.

Cropped version of original video frame.

Final canvas