Riverside Red by Jan Clarke

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06.03.2014: 442 views.

This is definitely my Final image for the Sojie 18 Abstract Workshop.

I couldn’t decide between the ones I’d already done so I’ve re-done it, omitting one step and changing another.

This inage involved straightening the original, the use of Curves to intensify the red, the application of Motion Blur > Vertical Blur and then duplicating layers and changing the Blending Modes, a total of 8 layers. The top layer is a copy of the layer below which had the effect lightening it even more!

The building this image is based on is on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne, opposite the Melbourne Exhibition Centre – it’s not an attractive building and is often referred to as “Jeff’s Shed”! – the christian name of the then state Premier.

I took the photo on a rare visit to the city to an exhibition, back in May 2012, in the Centre itself. It was a cold, gray and rainy day. It was raining when I walked out of the exhibition so I was in no hurry to walk a few kms back to my car. Instead I wandered along the side of the Centre, it’s rather large, just looking at what was there. I saw this and a couple of other interesting building, so out came the camera.

Thanks for looking, all comments are appreciated, and constructive criticism is welcomed.


  • Kathie Nichols
    Kathie Nicholsover 2 years ago

    Awesome journey and finish Jan….love it….you’re so creative…..congrats on your finish!!!

  • I appreciate your fabulous compliment, Kathie . . . I’m blushing! Lol, I’ve never made an abstract “to order” before nor have I used a photo before. I’ve made my abstracts by splashing colours on layers, merging, and then working on them. This has been an interesting, and very intense, exercise for me, especially after learning that it was a Vertical Motion Blur which gave the effect I wanted in my first one! I’m forever grateful to you for posting that info in your description of your W.I.P.s.

    – Jan Clarke

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...over 2 years ago

    Wonderful work Jan – so subtle, minimalistic and mysterious. It was great watching your WIPs!

  • Wow, what a wonderful compliment, Pauline, you have me blushing, too. I had a lot of intense fun doing this workshop and I learnt something which I’m going to use in the future. I appreciate the fave very much. Good on you for jumping in, your work is fascinating. Good luck.

    – Jan Clarke

  • Robin King
    Robin Kingover 2 years ago

    JAN!!!!!!! This is FABULOUS!!!!!! LOVELOVELOVE the delicate movement and those luscious colors!!!!
    I hope you do more of this digital work!!!

  • Wow, what a fabulous compliment, Robin – thank you for it and the fave, they’re greatly appreciated. The enthusiasm in your comments always gives me a big smile, one I keep with me for ages – I’m going to bed with a big smile tonight. I always picture you sitting at your keyboard looking at peoples work and just about dancing on your seat with delight and enthusiasm, joy and hope.
    I have some more photos I took on that rare visit into the city and they also have lots of lovely lines but not the colour which was in this one. I’ll have to force myself out of the house to see if I can find some more building with strong colours. but, yes, I hope to do some more. I had a lot of fun with it. Take care. xoxox

    – Jan Clarke

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 2 years ago

    The work has a soft, minimalist feel, Jan, as if we are seeing vertical energy reduced to its essence.

  • This is such a wonderful compliment, Frannie, and it means a lot to me. Coming from you, I consider it high praise. Thank you very much. Your vision of this is amazing, one I would never thought of, I love it. I had a wonderful time in this Workshop, seeing the huge variations in interpreting the term “abstract” and the wonderful results of those interpretations, and I learnt something I’d dearly wanted to know for a long time. That alone made it very worthwhile for me. Thank you.

    – Jan Clarke

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    It’s a beauty Jan – good luck

  • Thank you for your lovely comment and the good wishes, Chris. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    – Jan Clarke

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 2 years ago

    Wonderful image Jan!

  • Thank you very much, Susan. I;m haopy you enjoyed it. I had fun doing it . . . except for forgetting to save the first finshed one! I

    – Jan Clarke

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerover 2 years ago

    Love your title! :) This is sooooo soft and airy! Though I originally thought I liked the more vibrant versions, what clinched it for me (relative to this version) was seeing Valerie put it on an actual wall… that was glorious! You are so talented… so glad I got to see you work on this, Jan! :)

  • Lol, I was stumped for a title then I thiought of this, it seemed simple and direct! I was quite partial to Alternative 2 until I had to re-do it and Val put it on a wall. Wow, I was sold. I’m glad you enjoyed watching the W.I.P.s and I appreciate your compliments very much, Angela. You’re graciousness means a lot to me.

    – Jan Clarke

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 2 years ago

    Jan this is fabulous! I love the direction you went with this piece! It was great to watch you working on it in the workshop! Your result is outstanding!

  • Your wonderful compliment and the fave are much appreciated, Robin. This was a new direction for me and I really enjoyed it . . . except when I forgot to save the original Photoshop image and had to re-do it. Lol. I’m glad you enjoyed the W.I.P.s, I learnt a lot in this workshop and am going to have fun trying them out on other pics.

    – Jan Clarke

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 2 years ago

    Absolutely exquisite Jan loved the progress & a 5 * fave ;~} Valz

  • I really appreciate your great compliment and the fave, Val, they mean a lot to me. This is the first time I’ve participated in a Workshop – I enjoyed it a lot. Thank you for puttting this on a wall, it looks awesome.

    – Jan Clarke

  • micklyn
    micklynover 2 years ago

    Marvelously subtle – great work, Jan!

  • I’m glad this appealed to you, Micklyn. I learnt a technique I’ve wanted to know for a long time early in the workshop and used it to create this. Thank you for your lovely compliment, I appreciate it.

    – Jan Clarke

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