Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Light Within

The Light Within
8.5x11 inches
Scratch art, Inktense pencils and coloured pencils on Scratchbord
The reference photo for this artwork, was taken quite by accident when we were bush walking at Leura in the Blue Mountains and came across a beautiful little waterfall, not having a camera handy, I grabbed my iphone and snapped away. Once we got home the contrasts in the reference photo inspired me and I thought how perfect his image would be to do in scratch art. I love the way you can keep working backwards and forwards with scratch art, removing colour and adding colour, and all the time adding texture. I would have liked for the colours to be more vibrant and the sun rays were added for a bit of creative licence, but since landscapes are not something I normally attempt, this took me way out of my comfort zone and so I have to be content.
I draw strength and peace from a day in the mountains and so the Light Within is not just the sunlight you can see streaming through to the forest floor, but the strength that we draw from spending time in these serene environments and breathing in the clean air.


Wendy Mould said...

I love the way you captured the light coming through the trees. Great picture.

Karen Hull said...

Thank you so much Wendy - the light coming through the trees was a last minute addition (not in the reference photo) and I just prayed that it wouldn't ruin the whole image, so I'm thrilled you like it :)

Cindy Lane said...

Karen - MORE LANDSCAPES PLEASE!!! This is just amazing!

Karen Hull said...

LOL Cindy - this one took me way out of my comfort zone so not sure how many more there will be but thank you :)