Its a long time since I posted a digital painting. So here is my illustrated poem about the dawn of the day, the dawn of the year and the dawn of Christianity. I’m not a very religious person, but it is Christmas time.

The sketch was drawn with a Biro, photographed, and opened in Photoshop. By changing the picture mode from Greyscale to Bitmap the lines were made rough at the edges and the shades of grey were converted to black or white. I then brought the mode back to Greyscale as this allows more scope in manipulating the picture. The text was typed into a separate layer in white and the background layer painted black to show the white text. I did the painting, etc. using the scratch pad on my laptop. A graphics pad would have been a lot easier, if I could remember where I put the pen.

In a way I was shamed into doing something different as I was nominated for ‘The Versatile Blogger’ award. But I’m addicted to landscape painting and I will need a ‘fix’ soon, although it will be hard to detach myself from the Christmas activities of the coming week. If I’m not back before then, happy Christmas to all who read this and see you when the Sun/Son returns.


20 thoughts on “Dawn

    • You deserve ‘The Versatile Blogger’ award. Your site is colourful and varied in images. But, don’t let me stop you flexing your ‘Versatility’ muscles. πŸ™‚

  1. Eerily beautiful & poignant, both the poem & illustration. Also interesting to me to know how you did it.
    “Shame” can be a useful emotion ; sometimes it pushes us to do things that turn out to be really worthwhile! πŸ™‚

  2. Wasn’t sure where to post this, but thanks very much for liking my recent blog post. πŸ™‚ I look forward to checking out the rest of your blog.

    This is a very gorgeous piece – I love all the houses. It’s got the right balance of creepy and eerie. I think it would look really interesting as a woodcut or a lino print – have you ever tried those? (I haven’t had time to read through your archive yet, so apologies if you have and I haven’t seen them.)

    • Thank you for your comment. It is so easy to simulate the effect of the traditional printing methods, ie produce a print, using modern systems, that the effort doesn’t seem worth the while. The art is in the production of the block more than the print. My business is commercial graphic design and print, so painting, for me, is ‘the king’ when it comes to artistic expression.

  3. Though you are not religious, hasten not to thank God for the EXTREME talent he has bestowed on you, for all that is good within you was gifted to you, as he molded you with his very hands. If your father on Earth gave you twenty million dollars, you would be QUICK to thank him, yes?
    Love and Respect, Lori
    no need to post this, it was for your eyes only

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  5. Hello..Thank you for the ‘like’..I really liked the poem on this piece. I think your paintings aestthetic and natural..a high compliment from me..for I believe all musical instruments emulate the human voice..when that is better music is closer for the listener/watcher to a common denominator with the artist..when I apply that to your paintings I find the same resolve :-)..Peace Tony

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