I Do Art Discussion No. 8 – “Single Images as Abstract Digital Photo Paintings”

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Part of my “art for therapy” journey has not just involved abstract painting on canvas with acrylic paints; it has also involved taking photos and spending time digitally manipulating them to create an altered imagery.  I have spent a lot of time, over the course of time, going through my photos, finding little gems of images, cropping the image and then altering its brightness, contrast and colour.  Some of these images, I would then completely abstract by using a Windows program called ‘Paint’.  Whilst this program is not very sophisticated, I did find using it a very therapeutic endeavour and gained some satisfying results.

This first set of images below, come from a single photo I had taken whilst attending the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse 2008.  I had taken a photo of a young lady who was waiting with a group of other young ladies, whom were about to have their Melbourne Cup outfits judged, for the “Fashions on the Field”.  The image of her below has been greatly cropped and digitally manipulated.  The two following images in this first set, are the same image of this young lady but using the Windows program ‘Paint’ to create an abstract look!  The same process was used with the following sets of images.

Whilst the original photos had been taken during November 2008, it was over many months onwards that I worked on many photos creating single digital photo paintings and collage digital photo paintings.  It was a very therapeutic process which became essential to me.  My husband had been diagnosed with Lymphoma January 2009 and was under going chemotherapy treatment and I became his carer during the following 12 months.  It was a very difficult time in our lives and during my spare time in the evenings, I would work on these creations.  It was all engrossing and helped me clear my mind of all my worries, for a least a small amount of time, each day – art for therapy in action…

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I Do Art Discussion No. 7 – “It’s all about the hats!”

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The following abstract paintings were part of a series I had painted after attending Australia’s famous racing season at Flemington Racecourse 2008.  I had the opportunity to attend both Derby Day and the Melbourne Cup; both famous horse racing days! I was inspired to take a range of photos on both these days, which I used as a source of inspiration for the four abstract paintings below.  Whilst these horse racing days are very much about the horses and the horse races, it is also about the amazing fashion statements made by both men and women, especially lady’s hats!  Hence came my desire to do this series of abstract painting portraits as seen below.

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I Do Art Discussion No. 6 – “Lady in the Honey Straw Hat with a Flurry of Feathers”

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Painting No. 33 – Title “On the Rails with my sister entertaining friends” Painted Nov/Dec 08 – Jan/Feb 2009

A good part of my art therapy journey has involved taking photos, which are part of my visual diary process that I use for inspiration, to create my abstract paintings and abstract digital photo paintings.  During one of Melbourne – Australia’s  famous racing seasons, I had the good fortune to be able to attend my sister’s Derby Day marquee function at Flemington Race Course 2008.  Victoria Derby is a thoroughbred race and is the oldest classic horse race in Australia, it ran first in 1855 (Derby Day. 2014).  And on this day 2008 Melbourne, once again, turned on a beautiful day with a clear blue sky!

Whilst attending my sister’s racing day function, I helped her prepare the food and entertain her friends. During the day I took many photos of interesting people in great outfits. One of the photos of my sister really inspired me to paint an abstract painting of her.

Sister at Derby Day, The Rails - Flemington Races, Melbourne Australia 2008 Photo taken by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist NB All images are protected by copyright laws!

Sister at Derby Day, The Rails – Flemington Races, Melbourne Australia 2008 – Digitally manipulated photo taken by Karen Robinson Abstract Artist NB All images are protected by copyright laws!

Below is the portrait abstract painting I did from the photo inspirations of that day.  It is one of four that I painted for the 2008 Melbourne Racing Carnival.  They consisted of this Painting No. 33 featured below and Paintings Nos. 32, 34, & 35 – please click here to view!

Painting No. 33 - Title "On the Rails with my sister entertaining friends" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2009 All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 33 – Title “On the Rails with my sister entertaining friends” Jan/Feb 2009 Acrylic on Canvas, 60cms Length x 60cms Wide x 3cms Deep
– by Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson All images are protected by copyright laws!

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I Do Art Discussion No. 5 – “Lady in Striking Pink Feathery”

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Painting No. 35 – Title “On the Rails & The Business End of Celebrating Melbourne’s Racing Festival Season” Painted Jan/Feb 2009

A good part of my art therapy journey has involved taking photos, which are part of my visual diary process that I use for inspiration, to create my abstract paintings and abstract digital photo paintings.  During a of Melbourne – Australia’s  famous racing seasons, I had the good fortune to be able to attend my sister’s Derby Day marquee function at Flemington Race Course 2008.  Victoria Derby is a thoroughbred race and is the oldest classic race in Australia, it ran first in 1855 (Derby Day. 2014).  Melbourne, once again, turned on a beautiful day with a clear blue sky!  During this day, I took many photos of interesting people, in great outfits!

I took this photo below, of a lady enjoying herself in her work’s marquee which was located on “The Rails”. On “The Rails” is located right next to Flemington’s Race Track and is adjacent the finishing line where, if you are lucky enough to be there, you can see the horses close up and their jockeys in colourful silks.  This lady’s striking hat and pose made for a good photo. Her hat was a particular inspiration for me. It had been designed by one of Melbourne’s most famous hat designers – Peter Jago!

Lady in striking Peter Jago Hat Derby Day Flemington Racecourse 2008, Melbourne, Australia. Photo taken by Karen Robinson-Abstract Artist NB All images are protected by copyright laws!

Lady in striking Peter Jago Hat Derby Day Flemington Racecourse 2008, Melbourne, Australia. Photo taken by Karen Robinson-Abstract Artist NB All images are protected by copyright laws!

Below is the portrait abstract painting I did from the photo inspirations of that day.  It is one of four that I painted for the 2008 Melbourne Racing Carnival.  They consisted of this Painting No. 35 featured below and Paintings Nos. 32, 33, & 34 – please click here to view!

Painting No. 35 - Title "On the Rails & The Business End of Celebrating Melbourne's Racing Festival Season" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2009 All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 35 – Title “On the Rails & The Business End of Celebrating Melbourne’s Racing Festival Season” Jan/Feb 2009 Acrylic on Canvas – 60cms Length x 60cms Wide x 3cms Deep
– by Abstract Artist: Karen Robinson NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws!

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