Moonlight Dive, 2017

This is the first step in my digital collage workout since a long break.
Composition of high contrasted, warm sepia-toned and cold saturated layers, blended with posterized picture in glow mode. This time I let go of rasterisation effects and simply let the blots of colours play their role in building of the atmosphere.

moonlight dive

Interestingly, this one was literally inspired by the moonlight.
I found few old photographs of me and my friends, sepia-toned, with intent of using them as layers in some of my next collages. One bright night later I left an old sepia-toned picture on my windowsill. Suddenly remembering that it’s there, I reached to take it back to its place on display. That’s when I noticed, how differently sepia-toned pictures look in the full Moon’s glow.

Pale lunar glow is much less intensive and more dispersed than direct light coming from the Sun. That’s why objects perceived in the moonlight cast intense, yet actually not highly contrasting shadows. During full moon this reflected light is intense enough to create a kind of eery scenery, with its elements more blurry at the edges, hiding in a deep, soft shadow.

You can see this effect on many Romantic watercolours. There, wet brown ink is often contrasted with blurred cold blue, making impression of picture staying in a stark stillness, while remaining remarkably ephemeral.

Netley Abbey by Moonlight, watercolour and pencil on paper, by the British artist John Constable. 146 mm x 200 mm. Circa 1833. Courtesy of the Tate, Britain. (source: Wikimedia Commons)

With sharp digital collage the lunar glow effect appears a little different, shadows and contrast are more rigid. Still I sense the picture of genuine moonlight used as glow blended layer ‘does the job’ here in making whole composition more soft, stark and mysterious.

I’ll make my best to share more of progress on this blog, as well as to give some useful insights into what I’m focused on at the moment.

‘If you have a way to manage few hours, everyday, for any creative workout — do it.’

I guess I read that line in some coachbook in late 90’s., by that time having no idea what that advice actually means. Now I know — art may be born within the heart, but is made with the mind. And mind is a muscle. You have to train it to get it better. If you don’t train, your performance will get gradually lower. On the other hand, if you perform regular workout — you just have to become good at trained skill sometime.

Creative skills will always be at use in your life, so I recommend this kind of mental gym to anyone. Give it some time in your daily schedule. Find your craft and practice it — either as a passion or as a way of living. Or best both.

Stay creative!

— Des