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Photomanipulation from personal photographs.

Canon 7D
Photoshop CS5

The original photo was taken at Mount Vernon, the home of George Washinton located in Northern Virginia While visiting family this summer.

The original image was simplified for detail and color palette, using topaz filters in photoshop, to obtain a more primitive look.

I added the carriage and horses, from a photo taken several years ago in Williamsburg VA.

Multiple layers of texture were added to create a more vintage look. Including several personal acyrylic painting that were created just for texture as well as a piece of parchment from the back of a copy of " The Declaration of Independence"…it seemed fitting.

A paper place matte from the Mount Vernon Inn ( where I had lunch) featuring an old painting of Mount Vernon being built, was the inspiration for the “primitive look”.


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I have been an Art Director in the Video Games industry for almost 15 years. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s a lot more work than most people realize.The hours are long and the responsibilities are many. It has left little time or energy for some of my more time consuming creative endeavors, sculpture,3D Modelling, illustration and film making, especially when balancing a family.

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

    I love Mount Vernon, Peyton, so I was immediately drawn to the work. What I really love is your simplification of color and scene to this folk art painting style. Exceptional work.

  • Thank you Frannie, My parents live a few minutes from Mount Vernon, so we go there often when we visit. It has always been a family favorite.

    As for the image, I started with a photo I took last week, but was trying to mimic a more primitive style. I used a “Topaz Simplify” filter in photoshop to get the reduced detail and color palette. Then I did some heavy handed editing and added about 20 layers to finish it off. I am happy with the result and am actually doing a similar image of the Mount Vernon “Garden House”.

    – Peyton Duncan

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