When DH and I were moseying around this afternoon, I had my sketch pad in my lap and captured a big bit of open space... It was mostly a vacant lot, a median strip, the road, and a line of trees with buildings off in the distance.
It wasn't especially gorgeous, but I challenged myself to make something of it. I enjoyed the VERY rough little sketch.
So, I worked it and worked it and overworked it and came up with the results above. I think I liked the sketch better. Way more was left to the imagination. I did digital "underpainting" and lots of layers, based on my experience with oils last week. This is better close up/enlarged. Not great.
When I was using Photoshop and the Filter Gallery, I checked the original version in "cutout" mode. That was interesting, because the digital filter basically thought the whole rectangle was two colors: grass and road. So I exaggerated the differences between shapes and sections. Better.
Finally, I re-filtered the improvement with cutout and posterization mode. While you'd never recognize the intersection if you went through it, I do think there is a certain fidelity to the flatness of the landscape, and the competing grassy and desert natures of the landscape. Of course, usually the road would be FULL of automobiles. But I was looking for NATURE.
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