Friday, June 12, 2009

Painting history in North Africa




Carthage overlaid with Phoenecian alphabet
©2009 Charlene Brown

This computer painting was created by overlaying two photographs taken in Tunisia -- the Punic ruins at Carthage and a stone plaque at the Bardo museum. It was produced using one of the techniques I explain in an article, ‘How to paint over history,’ in the current issue of Empty Easel.
The main advantage of using a computer to create overlays is that by selectively brightening or sharpening sections of each layer, or altering the layer blending mode, unlimited possibilities are made available. This is of course its main disadvantage as well.