Digital artist Dorothy Berry-Lound uses a technique called Photopainting. The result is mesmerizing and beautiful. Visit her website to see more of her artwork.
I don’t see things the same as other people; when I take a photograph I can see a different version emerging in my head, one that tells a story and builds upon the energy of the image. I specialize in Photopainting (taking one of my own photographs and developing it further using digital techniques).
When I work on an image, I keep working and working until I can’t see colours in my head any more – usually that means the piece is finished. Sometimes, as I see something to photograph, that final version is already in my head waiting to be drawn out. When I look at the photograph I have taken, I can see the final version with all my added textures and colour changes.
When that happens, I can’t wait to get home and download the photograph and start work on it. It is almost like being driven to get the piece completed!
Living in Italy, I get a lot of inspiration from the nature that surrounds me. I also work with my own photographs of buildings, ships, and sometimes, what on the face of it appear to be quite “boring” subjects – like a fire escape or a major road junction. I give them an opportunity to shine and show their beauty to the world. After all, everything is worthy of a little bit of attention and love.
With my work I try to include “mood energy,” something that makes the viewer feel good and that will enhance the mood of any room in which my work is hung. Some of my art is specifically designed to impart a healing energy. There aren’t enough positive vibes in the world we live in, so I see my job as helping to redress that.
Most of my images have a story behind them, not just hidden in the images itself but a story behind the images.
My Tree Layers collection, for example, tells the story of the life of a tree.
Isolation Rose speaks of flawed love, reflected in the flaws in a perfect rose and how we all have lessons to learn and overcome.
I even explored the idea that sunflowers can have fantasies about being a colour other than yellow!
It has been said that my pieces are like an extension of my personality, and I rather like that. It brings new meaning to giving something of ourselves to the world.
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