Triptychs 3: Angel Wings

‘Angel Wings’ and ‘They look like something from William Blake’ were the first responses I got to these pictures. They’re a little different to the other triptychs because there’s no background image, the runic tree is compressed to run up Natalie’s spine.  It really does look like the wing of an angel. So I copied and then mirrored her image, superimposing them on top of the original runic tree to get this dramatic triptych.

Triptych Flame 1

Triptych Flame 1

Its was an easy step to duplicate the image and get some lovely flowing lines.

Triptych Flame 1 Double

Triptych Flame 1 Double

I then worked on a version that kept the original orange colour of the tree but it’s cropped and follows her silhouette. The result is another striking image.  I’m really looking forward to getting some trial prints done of these.

Triptych Flame 2

 

Triptychs 2: the Figure in the Foreground

I was pleased with the stained glass effect and the repetition of the archway of trees in the triptych I posted earlier so next I experimented with blending together a different set of images.

Äsperöd Gnarly Triptych

Äsperöd Gnarly Triptych

The original inspiration is one of the Scots Pine trees on a rocky knoll at Äsperöd, Sweden.  I followed the same process as before, mirroring the central tree, enriching its colours and masking with an art filter before projecting it on to Natalie.

After I’d copied and flipped the projected image I merged the two of them together and, where the shadows overlapped, I superimposed the merged image over the earlier saturated, mirrored image. It sounds a little complicated but gives a richly coloured overlapping blend of foreground and background textures so you really feel there’s something other worldly in the scene.  I also made a mirror image of the triptych which would make a wonderful window!

Triptychs 1: Stained Glass

The visitors to my Portals exhibition gave me a lot of feedback and encouragement.  Some of the ideas really inspired me and so, whilst the Festival was quiet, I started working on this small series of triptychs.  I recently finished some of them and here’s a first look at what I’ve been doing with a description of how I produced it.

Gnarly Triptych

Gnarly Triptych

The centre panel’s a mirrored image of a beautiful bank of trees above the Coquet River in Northumberland.  I took the original photo looking down a steep slope to the gate – if you look carefully at the pictures you can just see the gray river.

On either side of the centre panel are images I took last year when Natalie and I did a photo shoot of tree images projected on to her back. I masked out the background image on the screen behind her with a black and white filter so that she stands clear of the backdrop.  I duplicated and then flipped one of the images so that she looks down into the centre image.

I really like the end result.  Her back curves to the shape of the trees and the repetition of shapes and colours give the triptych a stained glass feel.