Last week I made use of Bonnie’s texture ‘ Bamboo dreams’ simply because it fitted so well with my camellia phototart. Since this friday’s theme suggestion is to create an image with this very texture, I had to scour around for another suitable subject.
I chose the faux temple garden area, off Warwick Lane (at the back of the Old Bailey) but even after soft watercolouring and overlaying the texture, it is obvious that the whole just does not gel. The windows of the distant building are inappropriate whilst the left to right slant of the view works contrary to the symmetrical lines of the ‘bamboo dreams’ texture.
The answer was a 180 degree effect (2) which copies and flips vertical the left hand half. Immediately this created a desired symmetry thought it still felt unfinished, even after the addition of the texture (3). On a flight of fancy, I added a ‘Chinese fan’ SPE effect which nicely encases the image but adds a dull, plain background. My solution was to first save it and then import the jpg as another layer, with a ‘saturate’ opacity. This blended nicely, doing away with the realism of the fan and creating a golden arc which sits centrally on the foreground ‘cushion’ of the hedging.
All that was left to do was restore some of the greenery of the original, so a ‘Spring dusk’ SPE effect did just that, determining the title of my photoart, to hang in this week PAF gallery
PDPA free textures: ‘bamboo dreams‘