Dark Storms thundered across the Perth sky, putting on an amazing show at Scarborough Beach.
Stirring the imagination!
Beautiful Dark Storms
No picture perfect, pretty blue skies today.
Nor tropical turquoise waters lapping so softly upon the glittering golden warm sands.
Moody. Ominous. Storms and seas lashing out in wild fury. …… so it seemed.
I was inspired. My imagination freed.
The canvas of sky and sea was spectacular.
And regardless of whether I “do it justice” or not; still, I will do what I’m being stirred to do.
The rapidly changing faces of the sea and sky needed to be recorded, needed photographed, and needed to be painted.
This oil painting was completed fairly quickly, from memory.
Not on the spot.
(Nor while looking at the photos. I felt that if I could not convey the Feeling of the scene, from my heart felt remembrance of the scene, and stir the viewers to an emotional response, then perhaps I need to do better next time!)
Lines of abstraction and Lines of uniqueness. The zebra is stamped with individuality. No two patterns are ever, replicated. I Love that….. Nature is so clever!
Discoveries made, with 2 excited explorer helpers, provided us all with lots of photos and a treasury of fun memories. Giraffe, brolga, tiger, hyena, wild dog, iguana and tortoise all had great designs and patterns that merit further study.
But it was the black and white patterning of the zebra that especially draws my interest. Why?
the lines of abstraction are so bold
black and white, it simplifies and compels
the lines have variation within each one
the pattern itself, has so much versatility as a Design
I am a fan of equines
The processing of this photo involved a fair bit cropping as you’d imagine. With additional blacking out of the background. Further emphasis on the contrasts, using “digital brushes” and tools was needed as well to enhance the shot. Taken as just a ‘happy snap’ in a crowd, without the good lens – I wanted to optimise its assets as much as I could.
By concentrating on monochromatic, black and white palettes I can intensify a design. If I get the design and pattern right – it will easily go from black and white to nearly any other color plus white.
Thus, I’ve tripled my use out of the one design! Value, versatility. Usefulness.
Nature provides a brilliant place to get ideas. The Perth Zoo was perfect.