Night Lights by Mary Ann Reilly

New York, NY

For Maria Mann and Fee Dickson whose beautiful paintings inspired me to try my hand with more traditional arts…

Watercolor, acrylic, and photographic transfer on 90 lb. cold-pressed watercolor paper

Featured in the Group: New York City
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I like to make things, especially mistakes. Please visit my blog where I display lots of art as well. Between the By-Road and the Main Road

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  • Mitchell Tillison
    Mitchell Tillisonabout 6 years ago

    Mary Ann, your talents are seemingly limitless. This is fantastic. I love the play of light and shadow. In the thumbnail version, I thought this was an actual cityscape photo.

  • it is a photo transfer. It means that I made a pianting and then transferred a photograph on top of that painting (using gel medium).

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnabout 6 years ago

    Wow – gorgeous work, indeed – amazing, Mary Ann! :))

  • thanks Colleen

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • ooyayootay
    ooyayootayabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, Mary Ann!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

  • thanks a bit different for me.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasabout 6 years ago

    great night picture

  • thanks Stephen. After I painted the sky it seemed like night made sense.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Mariapmann
    Mariapmannabout 6 years ago

    Oh Mary Ann what an honor and a beautiful present. This is just stunning. Thank you!

  • you’re very welcome. I haven;t done much of this and it felt good to make.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Fee Dickson
    Fee Dicksonabout 6 years ago

    I second Maria on the honour! How have you done this, Mary Ann? did you print out the photo then paint on top? fabulous effect!

  • I actually did the painting first: watercolor and bit of acryllic paint and then it dired. Some gel medium on top of the painting and the a photo transfer of an image of the city skyline. More drying and pressing. Peel away and you get some irregular edges, holes. Photograph the work, make further adjustments in photoshop and upload.

    It was fun to do. Thanks:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Fee Dickson
    Fee Dicksonabout 6 years ago

    Wow. What an interesting process. Thanks for describing that, Mary Ann. I may get in touch when I’m back home for more advice on how to go about doing that. It’s a fascinating mix of media.

  • yes. There’s a wonderful book by Theresa Aireym" Digital Photo Art" thatr explains the process of rtansfer very nicely. I have experimented witha ll types of substances. mI just elarned about purell (the hand sanitizer) as something that will also life a print. I’ll be trying that as soon as I get some.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 6 years ago

    0 fascintaing stuff sweetheART ;}x happy hippy hugglez

  • thanks Val:)

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaabout 6 years ago

    Excellent Night Shot.. so abstract..wonderful…

  • thanks. I think the blend of traditional arts (painting) and photo transfer helps to make the work less realistic.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

  • Tomatohead
    Tomatoheadabout 6 years ago

    Your exploration into new techniques is fascinating and inspiring – what an incredible result as well…Awesome work!

  • thanks Nels. I had some time yesterday and wanted to make something.

    – Mary Ann Reilly

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