2016 Paintings $2 Gallery
In 2009 I went adventuring in Incredible India for two weeks. I met up with family and toured New Delhi (the capital of India), Agra (home of the Tah Mahal) and Mumbai (formally known as Bombay). I took my trusty Nikon D700 and 28-300mm NIKKOR lens as we explored ancient temples, busy city streets, old forts, local artisans and shops, museums and the world famous Taj Mahal! My trip to India culminated in two back to back Indian weddings in Mumbai. That was amazing and so much fun!! I took over 3800 photos on that trip!
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We visited the historical Red Fort in New Delhi. It was originally constructed by Shah Jahan in 1639. He also commissioned the Tah Mahal located in Agra, India. The Red Fort is easily recognizable by its red sandstone walls. Today it is a complex of museums, gardens and small shops. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007.
“Ancient Arches” is a painting I completed in 2016. The original photograph is of the Shahi Burj tower located on the grounds of the Red Fort complex. The original photograph reveals a high ceiling supported by several ornate arches. The 3/4 perspective composition of the photograph was done purposefully to accentuate the 3D space created by the arches. You can the painting side-by-side with the photograph.
I created a heightened sense of contrast and depth using several techniques simultanenously. This is the fun intellectual part of creating a painting (digital or otherwise). The ceilings are painted darker to exaggerate the sense of height. Broader less detailed brushstrokes are used to decrease detail. The columns themselves are painted with increaed detail in lighter colors. This helps them stand out against the darker background and ceiling that leads to a greater sense of 3D perspective in a flat “2D” painting.
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