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Words and Art by Rich Ray - Limited Edition Of 50 Canvas Prints (Original Photograph by Konstantin Lelyak)
Rich Ray Art Process Development
This technique has taken several years to master. Many hours of trial and error, hundreds of mistakes, some happy and some not so much! My process involves three stages. First, I paint the abstract artwork. Second, I photograph that artwork and other textures from nature. Third, I choose the portrait or female figure photograph. I download all of the different layers into to the photo editor program.
This technology enables me to play with all the elements together. I spend many hours moving and arranging each piece, like a puzzle. I know it is finished when I have achieved the right balance. Meaning, 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 muddied. This is why I chose the digital technology. I feel this gives the customer the best possible image. The Giclee print is the original artwork with the process I have developed.
*Note: Artwork shown in home setting is a digital rendition and may not be to scale. Please use a tape measure and use dimensions in artwork description to acquire accuracy.
Description Of Artists Emotional and Technical Process
With each piece of artwork I create there are several emotions at play. I look at the face or figure to determine if there is a story to be told. Inevitably, there always is. I feel drawn to that person in an instinctual way.
Since I don't know them personally, my process starts to expose their hidden dimensions. The soul behind the beauty. Each layer of texture adds depth to the piece. I use my acrylic paintings, ink paintings, and photography, all art of which I create separately.
As I work with the photo adding layers a new person reveals itself to me. I have felt many emotions surface that were not there in the original photo. Sometimes fear is exposed or joy, ecstasy or sorrow. We are all human. It matters not what our outward appearance is. The soul is always striving to reveal itself just under the surface.
My hope is other people view my art as a vehicle for emotions to roam freely. The vulnerability of the person in the artwork allows us to be vulnerable. Therefore identifying with artwork in there own way.
Each piece of art is crafted with layers of different textures and mediums. This process has been the focus of my work for the past three years. It involves acrylic painting, design, photography, inks, oil sticks and pastels.
The final art work is designed in a photo editor program. This technology gives me creative freedom to add in my abstract paintings and photography.
*Please see (Profile) and (Me At Work) to learn more about Rich Ray Art.
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I use these materials to create abstract work that is incorporated into the finished print. Mixed media, Acrylics, Oils, Inks, Paint, Photos, Pastels, Pencils, Markers, Pens, 140 pound Cold or Hot Pressed Cotton Paper, Photography, Photo editor.