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It really is astonishing what can be achieved with digital art software — in this case, Photoshop. I was playing around with a map and a fish (from The Graphics Fairy), and a photograph of a setting Cretan sun — no, please don’t ask why this combination! I discarded the map and selected the sun area of the photograph to make it the background. I then went through all the available blending modes for the salmon layer without success until I came to one near the bottom called ‘difference’. Immediately I was struck by the effect and it is what you see here. It reminds me of etching on copper scraperboards (scratchboards in the US), which I once tried my hand at. Unsuccessfully.

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The Flash Cook

Those of us who have been to art museums lately (ahem . . . or some time in the not-so-distant past) have squinted at our share of incredibly literal titles for works of art. You know, Woman with a Hat orVase with Twelve Sunflowers.  I’m sure someone who knows a lot more about art than I do can provide some reasonable explanation for this but, as a layperson, I find it curious that an artist would take so much time to paint something and then choose to give it a title that reduces it to its components.  There was a time when paintings were given titles that directed your viewing experience in some way – The Happy Accidents of the Swing  or Starry Night. Those two titles help you interpret what you are seeing. In case you thought that the woman in the swing was freaked out…

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