January 13, 2021 – Monet’s Garden April Rain in Giverny, Photo to Oil to Watercolors through Three Decades, Part 5 – (Non-Professional) Challenges Photographing Painting Nuances

Photographic Nuances
Monet’s Garden April Rain in Giverny, Gouache ©Felipe Adan Lerma
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The Why 😊
Yesterday I posted a couple of my watercolor renditions of my mini-Monet’s Garden series of posts, but was immediately unhappy with how one of the two appeared on screen.

The 2nd rendition, to the right of my 1st rendition on its left, is closer to my original than that on the left.

While the 1st rendition is a bit more dramatic, it’s not what I tried to create with my new set of gouache colors. I did want energy, but softer, more nuanced, and I think the 2nd pic captures those color-tone drifts (for lack of a better word) more accurately.

The emotional intent is also better – the 2nd image not only being more restful, but surprisingly inducive to seeing distance, especially beyond the bridge and in the sky.

It’s more important, I think, to capture my intent, vs an unexpected more dramatic rendition-possibility. The latter can always be presented as an alternative print version, or even tweaked into a dramatic digital rendition – kinda like in my tweet below of one of my watercolor renditions of this same scene in Giverny.

Photographing one’s art is, for us non-professionals, at best a practiced hit and miss, lol!

The How 😊
Affinity Photo‘s been my go to photo editing software for several years now, and was fortunate to have good results with one of their more readily accessible options – Brightness / Contrast.

Affinity Photo adjustments for Monet's Garden April Rain in Giverny ©Felipe Adan Lerma https://felipeadan-lerma.pixels.com/featured/monets-garden-april-rain-in-giverny-watercolor-v2-felipe-adan-lerma.html
Affinity Photo adjustments for Monet’s Garden April Rain in Giverny ©Felipe Adan Lerma
https://felipeadan-lerma.pixels.com/featured/monets-garden-april-rain-in-giverny-watercolor-v2-felipe-adan-lerma.html

Granted, I’d already adjusted the temperature and tint of the original image via my iPhone’s image editing software, but I still couldn’t quite finesse the result I wanted like is usually the case, thus my need to tweak via Affinity.

Black and White Variation
There’s lots of options to explore with Affinity Photo. One, creating a black and white rendition, is seen just above my circled item on the right. What’s interesting, I think, is the offered BW translation, as I’ve found has usually been the case, is almost always not the version I prefer in black and white!

I end up creating my own emotionally preferred version in this interesting version-option.

Monets Garden April Rain in Giverny Watercolor v2 Black and White Digital Art ©Felipe Adan Lerma https://felipeadan-lerma.pixels.com/featured/monets-garden-april-rain-in-giverny-watercolor-v2-black-and-white-digital-art-felipe-adan-lerma.html
Monets Garden April Rain in Giverny Watercolor v2 Black and White Digital Art ©Felipe Adan Lerma https://felipeadan-lerma.pixels.com/featured/monets-garden-april-rain-in-giverny-watercolor-v2-black-and-white-digital-art-felipe-adan-lerma.html

It was interesting to create not only because I varied it considerably from the preset BW offering I above the right side circled item in the Affinity screenshot above, but also because I was fortunate enough to tinker-find a blend that kept the more dramatic option, yet also softened it.

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That’s it for today in my Monet’s Garden series. I’m hoping to finish my gouache version very soon, and anxious to try out an acrylic version with a new 60-tubes set of acrylics from Arteza! 😊

Take care everyone, stay healthy!

Adan
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