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Words and Art by Rich Ray - Limited Edition Of 3 Canvas Prints (Original Photograph by Hayley Benoit)
This technique has taken several years to master. Many hours of trial and error. My process involves four stages: First, I paint the abstract artwork. Second, I photograph the art and other textures from nature. Third, I spend time going through thousands of images until I find the one portrait that will work. Fourth, I download all the different elements into a photo editor program.
New technology enables me to play with all the layers together.It takes many hours moving and arranging each piece, like a puzzle. I know it is finished when I have achieved the right balance.
The brightest colors, visual textures, and contrast for the final printed original artwork. I have tried to do this by simply painting over the photograph. I was not able to achieve the bold look I was going for, it became to muddled. This is why I chose the digital technology. I feel this gives the customer the best possible image. The Giclée print is the original artwork with the process I have developed.
With each new piece a series of emotions come and go. The portrait will change and grow as it is manipulated. It is as if the soul emerges, revealing another person altogether.
I use these materials to create abstract work that is incorporated in photo editor to create the finished printed piece. Acrylics, Oils, Inks, Paint, Photos, Pastels, Pencils, Pens, 140 pound Cold Pressed Cotton Paper, Photography, Photo editor.