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Creative processes / 21 March 2015

Sea scape construct

Alan Hopwood Seascape construct 2013

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As I mentioned in the last blog, I have a condition that effects my joints and muscles causing varied amounts of pain and fatigue. This meant that each day was unpredictable and limited what I was able to do. I knew that I needed to try to remain mobile, so walking was vital; this is where the interest in photography developed, it made a slow walk much more interesting if I was looking and taking photos.

It also had the effect of making me appreciate the changing world from day to day and as trees were becoming a regular subject, it triggered an interest in trees and boundaries.

Naturally these subjects began to inform my drawing, and eventually painting, on days when I was unable to paint, I began using digital techniques and this is where a new visual language developed.

As you can see in this image, I have layered various images to create the desired landscape. It uses peeling paint, frosted stains on glass and other elements that build up to give the contrast of the picturesque and the decaying that I like to use, hopefully communicating the difference from one day to another, and one outlook to another.

For those who are interested in specific techniques, I often paint small images on A4 so that I can scan it; then in Photoshop I make various adjustments and use the blending options in the layer tools, under the Layers menu.

I have chosen this image as I think it clearly shows this process. My recent work is more subtle in its uses of digital technique, and I am focussing much more on larger paintings onto canvas; paper or board, these works wait for my more mobile days and I will talk about them in my next blog.

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Keywords: access issues,creativity,landscape painting