Thursday, March 12, 2015

Twentieth Century Flashback

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Mt. Kenya
Watercolour monotype and Photoshop™
©1996 Charlene Brown

I decided I’d like to see this originally-vertical monotype in a square format, so I distorted the jpeg image in Photoshop. This is actually a little better representation of the shape of the mountain than it was before the Photoshopping. 

And it’s now quite similar to the outline of another mountain I painted three years ago Mt. Baker – not surprising, given they’re both volcanoes. The main difference is the Mt. Kenya is extinct and sports dozens of precipitous volcanic plugs, left when the rest of the mountain was eroded during two periods of glaciation. The much more recently-formed Mount Baker, still thermally active from time to time, is heavily glaciated and has a much more streamlined appearance.