Gerald Shepherd: The Digital “Destruction” Of An Oil Painting

The starting image for this series of digital variations is a colour copier scan of a small oil painting digitally stored on a smart drive; however the colours changed markedly in the process and I usually photograph my paintings these days.  I have digitally superposed colours, mainly derived from the picture itself.

I did the original oil painting in 2006.  It is entitled (rather longwindedly)  “The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist”.  Fred The Ghost was an imaginary childhood friend and when I started painting seriously in 1974 I signed my work (Manfred) Wing hence the title – the painting is a rather formalised impression of the part of the English countryside where I grew up.

The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist - Start Image

The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist – Start Image

Snowed Over Painting (The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist)

Snowed Over Painting (The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist)

Grey Snowed Over Painting (The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist)

Grey Snowed Over Painting (The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist)

Picking Out Colours (The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist)

Picking Out Colours (The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist)

Accidentally Amended Image (The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist)

Accidentally Amended Image (The Place Where Fred The Ghost Became Fred The Artist)

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