Thursday, March 17, 2011

Etspiration Thursday - Bruno Photography

Etspiration Thu--no, it's almost Friday!  Sorry about the delay, I've been busy getting ready for the trunk show at the end of the month. 

Continuing with the March theme of photomanipulation, we've got a fine art photographer who also produces beautiful photomanipulation using layering and textures.  Bbrunophotography has archival quality prints of nature, household objects, and animals.  Beyond that, she has gorgeous, innovative abstract designs that are created from original photos manipulated to the max.  Incredibly mesmerizing with perfect color combinations (and names for colors - I had forgotten Eggplant was a color until I looked through her prints!).  Her textured pictures have a gritty, real feel to them, and the flowers looks real enough to feel the softness of the petals.  She's got an eye for detail, angle, and color. (all images copyrighted to the artist)

"As the Crow Flies" - featured on her home page, as it very well should be.  The mood in this piece is fantastic, and she creates it with the darker ground, lighter top, and the bird being the blackest part of the piece.  He really stands out, even in the darker areas.  The texture of the map on the background, also an ingenious play on the title of the picture, gives it a rough, solemn ambiance.  I imagine this crow looking out over a vast field, thinking of the long voyage ahead with a bit of trepidation and steeling of nerves.  That can apply to most of us at some point in our lives; another reason this picture captures the attention.  One sympathizes with the crow. 
"After the Rain" - Not only is this a gorgeous shot of the flower, but the simplicity of the texture is what caught my attention.  She only textured the delicate raindrops.  Instead of going for a complete reworking of the whole piece, a layering and layering of texture over texture, she just lightly brushed on spattering of texture in the right places and voila - you have a beautiful piece of artwork.  Many of her pieces boast this eye for the perfect touch.  She can manipulate the art in such a way that it looks untouched, yet more enticing than in life.  I also have to note that she has the grid system down pat.  I only know a little bit about this, but the key is not to put your focal point in the dead center of the picture.  You divide the canvas into nine sections with four lines, two going in each direction, and then place your focal to the side, out of the center boxes.  Bbruno is great at placement.  It's easier on the eye, less abrasive, and lets you gently observe the piece instead of having it come rushing at you. 
And - last thing, I promise - the colors are wonderful.  The ivory with the dark background is simple, elegant, and eye catching.  She often uses two colors that complement each other. 
Speaking of complementary colors..."Mustard and Teal Abstract".  Remember I was telling you about the abstracts?  This one started out with a picture of a sunflower and she morphed it skillfully into this mesmerizing piece.  Mustard and Teal are unusual choices to put together, but they work extremely well.  She has enough variation in the shades of the colors to stop the work from becoming overly bright.  This sort of design also has the potential to cause a headache, but she hasn't overdone the layers, alternates the colors softly enough that they meld into one another, and has made the center the focal point.  Everything seems to radiate outwards, allowing the eye to follow a path instead of see-sawing back and forth from point to point.  It also reminds me of a Mandala (I think that's how you spell it), and would look lovely in a yoga or exercise room. 
"Urban Cornflower" - I love this idea!  She's put a flower with a grunge metal background.  A combination I wouldn't have thought of, but she kept the colors light and Spring-ish to counteract the metal background.  The result is much softer than a grunge picture would normally be, and I like it.  I love the rivets going up and down the sides; they sort of encase the flower, and give the eye a path to follow naturally up and over to the flower.  The faded feel to the colors adds to the overall ambiance, and that light blush of pink in the upper right hand corner is perfectly placed.  If you look closely, you can also see a bubbly texture over the flower - I like how it makes the whole scene appear under water.

Bbrunophotography has a deep love of nature that manifests itself in her artwork in a myriad of ways.  She's let her imagination mingle with her passion for photography and the world around us.  As if that weren't enough, she also writes children's books and greeting cards!  Click here to check out the website for those items. 
Click on over here to see the rest of her artwork, and I can assure you there's plenty to keep you occupied for hours! 

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