In 2009, I discovered photo based painting techniques as a digital medium. This greatly expands my photo based art repertoire and is like “coming home” as I started out as an artist in oils and drawing media back in the 60’s. The style and technique I have developed is unique to me. I am now finding that I photograph my source images differently as I "see" the world now in terms of photo-painting, which is often not the same as conventional photographic perception. This is really a digital mixed medium as it combines photography with digital painting.
For photo-painting,using 3 different kinds of software, switching back and forth as I develop an image, ending up with many layers, I can build up some stunning work, all in the computer in a somewhat complex process. No dusty chalks or smelly turpentine. I use a Wacom tablet, with a stylus pen which will function like any kind of pencil,pen or brush I want, even to the same style of brush strokes. I can control the thickness of "paint", and everything I would control with actual paint,ink,etc. I can even combine "media" which would not be possible with "real" media: like charcoal and oils.Sometimes I combine(montage) with drawings I have done specifically for the image.This new medium seems simple at first blush , yet is proving to be unendingly complex in reality.
The end result can be printed any size I want as the painting process add more pixels, enabling larger prints.So, it is possible to print an image large on stretched canvas, smaller on watercolor type paper , and very small for Christmas cards, calendars, even business cards!
I mostly use archival rag papers which are museum archival quality, and archival quality special canvas, and print in high end giclée, the highest quality inkjet printing which is light fast for 200 years.
What you see here is evolved from my own photography. I never use derivative material.