For week 2 of the March One Four Challenge hosted by Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me, I have decided to give my humble cabbage butterfly in the rosemary bush a painterly treatment.
Week 2 Process – Oil Painting
I wanted to base the work on the cropped original, but intended to ‘clean up’ the twigs in the top right hand corner and the lower one to the right of the butterfly wing. These gave me a lot of trouble! I tried the clone tool unsuccessfully, then gave the healing brush a try, but that did not work either! I wish I had done a bit of gardening before taking the shot, but I was intent on capturing the butterfly before it flew off! So in the end, I gave up on the twig removal task and used my Week 1 image with the lighting effect applied, as it softened the twigs!
That done, I used the Foto Sketcher software, and selected the Oil Painting option. I played with the various parameters including brush stroke intensity (low), colour intensity (high), image simplification (low), and texture (normal) until I was happy with the effect.
For the final step, I opened the image in Photoshop Elements 9, added a little more texture using the texturiser filter and the burlap finish. All that was left to do was to add my watermark.
Here is the result:
Just as a reminder, here is the original image and the first two edits:
As always, your comments are welcome. If any of you have a suggestion on how to remove the offending twigs, I am all ears!
Be sure to check out other participants’ work by clicking on this link to the One Four Challenge.