Push My Button!

I have a “button” on my blog.  It’s a first.  It’s big. I’m excited.  (Ok, maybe it’s not really big, but it feels big to me.)  The fine folks at Fly Paper Textures have asked me to pop on their link from my site.  I agreed readily and presto, there it is. Look over on the links side and you’ll see the cool textured image with the blueberries.  I’m enjoying the easy back and forth, the quid pro quo, that the internet allows.  Fly Paper Textures has been sending readers to my blog every single day since late November.  I’m delighted to be associated with them, and in turn, send them potential texturing newbies or old hands looking for new textures.  So, push my button, please!

Here’s a new image, textured, from a local landscape that I know very very well.  My goal was to create a universal image that had the feeling of a solitary journey. The little rise and bend to the left (with the tree doing the same) suggests that we don’t know what might be ahead, where each turn will lead.

Late afternoon in winter, Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, Maryland

The recipe was simple, the finishing was one of nuance. I used two textures, in overlay mode at different opacities, but then masked out some of the effect in certain areas.  I smoothed out the texture on the road a little bit and blocked out some of the darkening of the tree to bring out the ochre tones and keep the detail. This image works well cropped square or cropped in vertical format with the tree being the focal point. When making images these days I try to remember to frame them, or take alternate images, so that they can work in any format and lend themselves for stock sales. In six months or so I’ll let you know how successful my thinking is.

In the end the feeling that remains and is “enough” is the feeling of satisfaction. I saw the scene, I felt the potential, and I made the image. I am grateful.

14 Responses to “Push My Button!”

  1. 2 Aunt Rosie
    February 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    What a beautiful picture. I know that spot,too as I have been there several times.You are so very gifted and special to all of us.

  2. February 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    You talking to me? 🙂

    This was my favorite of the three, but with a little more work I think the others will be just as successful.

  3. 6 Wil Hershberger
    February 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Gorgeous shot and very well worked. I really like this texture thing. Great news that you are now an associate with Flypaper Textures. I will have to get some of these and start creating.
    Thanks for the heads up,

    • February 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Hey there, Wil.
      Your stunning images of birds and other wildlife will work nicely IF you want to create some more illustrative images. Can’t wait to see some. Have fun and thanks so much for checking the blog. Keron

  4. 8 Larry Salley
    February 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    What an inspiring image Keron. It brings back memories of the days I walked the fields of Antietam when I didn’t know what the future held for me.Please let me know if any of your work is for sale or if you are publish. Larry

    • February 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Larry,
      Thanks for reading the blog! The paths and trails at Antietam have probably had many many contemplative walkers over the years. We’re lucky to have the Park nearby. I’m happy to say that I will be published very soon.
      Keep watching the blog for the announcement! Best, Keron

  5. 10 honey
    February 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    a little more work! you work a lot of the time, and your success is evident and is our pleasure. thanks for leading the way to fly paper and congratulations on your affiliation with them.

    i intend on trying your textures!


  6. February 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Wonderful picture! I love the snow, the expressive tree, and the implication of the path.
    Maybe you will find the opportunity to capture an analogue summer image – a path through a field of poppies… regardless, it’s a beautiful work of art.

    • February 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Hi Bill,
      Funny you should mention poppies….I’ll POP it on a blogpost soon as I have an image that I really like.
      Thanks for checking the blog. I bet at least a few of our ancestors walked Antietam on a very different day.

  7. February 10, 2011 at 6:12 am

    The end result is gorgeous. Am going right over – now – to check out those textures at Flypaper.

    • February 10, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Hi Marcie! Thanks for looking at the blog. I really enjoy the extra element (layer) of creativity when painting with my images. I know you will too. Your images are stunning. While they have NO need of extra anything, it can be a lot of fun to play. Enjoy! K

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