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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Collaborations with Rebecca Tripp – part 11

"Irish Tranquility" by Dawn Star Wood 

My April seems to be having a good start, with some work coming in along with my dear friend Rebecca letting me know that she had a new art music video up. In her cheerful message, she ends up telling me “It features your wonderful artwork! It's a summery, faerie-like tune inspired by forests and fields and, of course, foxgloves! Enjoy!” Now who am I to stop a young woman's enthusiasm? Chuckling to myself, I went ahead and watched her video.

Foxglove Waltz is perhaps her most interesting piece she has done to date, not necessarily for the artwork that she used in the video but the composition of her music. Indeed it had a bit of a spring/summery feel to it but the fact that for some reason the first piece of music that came to mind was “Emperor” - Quartet in C Major by F. J. Haydn (1732-1809). The mix of melodies within the piece itself made me almost think that there was actually 2 tunes occurring at the same time. Even the fact that she described the music as 'faerie-like' seems appropriate since foxgloves are often associated with fairy-folk. 

Before (left) and After (right) 
Of my collection of art, Rebecca settled on using Irish Tranquility in her video. As I had told my audience on both deviantART and Facebook, I had done the painting back in 2011 as a piece for St. Patrick's Day and at the time I was wanting to do a piece that had some native flowers of Ireland in it. Alas at the time I could tell that there was something wrong with the end result but just didn't know what. Revisiting the piece, I discovered that I actually never had a dedicated light source direction. That was problem #1. Other mistakes that I discovered was that there was a serious lack of shading, lack of color various and detail, and bits of colors that were actually missing. It took a bit of time to figure out how to fix things and go about the work. Happily in the end, even the scan came out properly as well. Irish Tranquility is among some pieces that I have in an album for my Facebook page I've titled Before and After where I go and revisit older paintings of mine to see what the mistakes are and see if I can fix them.

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  1. The touch-ups really made a difference.. it went from lovely to spectacular!

    1. Aww thanks so much. I'm really happy with the outcome of the corrections.