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. 3 – “The Race that Stops a Nation”

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An important part of my art therapy process has been taking photos of people and places that I am most interested in.  Looking through a camera lens and concentrating on framing up a story in the camera view finder, totally absorbs ones concentration.  Spending the time reviewing them and deciding which will be a candidate for an abstract painting, also adds to the therapeutic process.  I use photography as my visual diary for my abstract painting art work.

Melbourne Cup 2008 at Flemington Racecourse - Photo taken by Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Melbourne Cup 2008 at Flemington Racecourse – Photo taken by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

On the first Tuesday November 2008, I said to my husband, let’s go to the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Races – as I wanted to take a series of photos of this iconic Australian event.  A number of days before hand, we had attended Derby Day at Flemington Races where I had taken a series of photos. I wanted to also capture photo images of the Melbourne Cup Day as well. These photos were used as a source of inspiration for four abstract paintings (Nos. 32, 33, 34 & 35). I have always loved fashion and the Melbourne Cup and for these reasons, it is certainly a stand out on Melbourne’s social calendar for socialites, politicians, Australia’s rich and famous; and the everyday Australian punter!  The very first Melbourne Cup ran in 1875; a century and a half later it is still considered ‘the race that stops a nation’.  For me this significant event is all about the horses and the fashion and on this day I took many photos of fabulously dressed women in their racing finery.

Melbourne Cup 2008 at Flemington Racecourse Photo taken by Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Melbourne Cup 2008 at Flemington Racecourse Photo taken by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

NB:  This link leads you to a “Silent Clip” of the Melbourne Cup 1896 and is worth a viewing!  Australian Screen. (2014). Melbourne Cup 1986 – Silent Clip. YouTube. Retrieved June 3, 2014 from http://aso.gov.au/titles/historical/melbourne-cup-1896/clip3/

My husband joined me to keep me company on this particular day.  It was a beautiful day and once again Melbourne had turned on a great Australian Event!

Melbourne Cup 2008 at Flemington Racecourse - Photo taken by Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

Melbourne Cup 2008 at Flemington Racecourse – Photo taken by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist NB: All images are protected by copyright laws!

I spotted a lady with a very large pinkish hat. This lady had a degree of gaiety and elegance. To me she seemed to epitomize the feeling of a Melbourne Cup Day. Later I was able to establish this grand lady was Helen Court!  I loved her hat; the swath of material that had been manipulated into a work of art and topped with beautiful pink flowers, all in gorgeous pink – was very eye-catching,

Melbourne Cup 2008 - Helen Court - Lady in Fabulous Pink Hat Photo taken by Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist

Melbourne Cup 2008 – Helen Court – Lady in Fabulous Pink Hat Photo taken by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws!

 

Melbourne Cup 2008 - Helen Court - Lady in Fabulous Pink Hat Photo taken by Karen Robinson - Abstract Artist

Melbourne Cup 2008 – Helen Court – Lady in Fabulous Pink Hat Photo taken by Karen Robinson – Abstract Artist  NB:  All images are protected by copyright laws!

These photos I took served as an inspiration for me and I painted this portrait of Helen Court.  This portrait was one of four abstract paintings (Nos. 32, 33, 34 & 35) I did of different race goers during the 2008 Melbourne Racing Season.

Painting No. 34 - Title "Melbourne Cup & Australia's National Celebration of Horse Racing" by Abstract Artist Karen Robinson - 2009 All images are protected by copyright laws!

Painting No. 34 – Title “Melbourne Cup & Australia’s National Celebration of Horse Racing” 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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