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My Painting Process

An Emerging Art Form

Believe it or not these paintings are not oil on canvas. 

They are paintings… but not in a traditional sense.

They are created in Photoshop using custom brushes designed after Williamsburg Oil Paint. I have been studying this technique under master oil painter and one of the technique founders Michelle Parsley.  As my studies progress I continue to learn how to faithfully reproduce work done in oil paints- all in Photoshop.

 

This isn't some quick, one-click filter.

One-click filters won’t allow you to deviate from the photograph very much (if at all) and generally have a very “mechanical” appearance.

(NEED TO ADD) In this comparison, it’s easy to see which version was hand-painted. There is simply no way to accomplish the third photograph without working brushstroke by brushstroke, exactly as a painter would using traditional oils.

While I use a screen as my canvas and a stylus as my brush, every stroke is placed one at a time just as a painter would be standing at an the easel working in oils. For this reason, it is 100% accurate to say that this is equal to painting in oils in every way — with the exception of the smelly solvents and the dry time.

(NEED TO ADD) This short video will allow you to see the entire process of transforming a black and white photograph into a one-of-a-kind painting. You’ll see me add a bit of color to the black and white photograph through the magic of Photoshop, (just for a working base) and then I’ll begin manually adding paint until the artwork is complete. The flashing you’ll see is me turning the black and white photograph on and off to view the reference. The video is many hours compressed into several minutes and it left somewhat of a strobe effect 😂

 

Why choose a Photoshop painting over “real” oils?

Time
The time to paint oil on canvas is extensive. Easily a six-month or more time investment to allow time for the paint, dry, paint, dry cycle. If you hate waiting, this is definitely a place where Photoshop painting has an edge. Photoshop paintings can be complete in as little as 4 weeks! 

Expense
Oil is expensive. Canvas is expensive. The time required to create oil on canvas means even more expense. This is why traditionally, oil paintings have been something reserved for the extreme upper class. The cost of a Photoshop painting is roughly 1/3 of that of traditional oil on canvas making this beautiful art form accessible to most. If budget is a concern, you can have the look of oils at a fraction of the price.

Shipping
Don’t live in Pennsylvania? No problem! I will ship Photoshop paintings directly to your door. This is something you simply do not do with oil on canvas . If I can reproduce it in the case of damage, I can ship it! Photoshop painting for the win!

Disaster Insurance
No one wants to think about losing their home but unfortunately, it does happen. Should you lose your custom artwork in some sort of disaster event, it may be possible to have it recreated inexpensively. I can’t guarantee the ability to recreate a painting indefinitely, because disasters could happen to me as well. But rest assured, I have industry-standard, enterprise-level backups that should provide protection to most catastrophic events. I’ll even provide you with an insurance certificate to prove the value as well as the loss to the carrier of your homeowner’s policy.

Completed Artwork

When your painting is complete, you’ll be sent a proof via email for your approval. 

Quotes include one revision to the painting. Additional fee for multiple revisions.

Every custom painting arrives beautifully framed and ready for display. No surprises! All quotes include the cost of printing and framing.