The Christina Effect (UF0438)


Chapel Hill, United States

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1200 Viewings as of 1/20/15

Created in GIMP, also using FSK and UF.

Created as a digital translation in Solo Exhibition group’s Sojie 14 workshop. Below are posted the individual “Work in Progress” (WIP’s) descriptions.

Summary: A study of lightning images, followed by creation of my own “lightning” as WIP#1 for my digital translation of Christina Rodriguez’ powerful “Unexplainable Surge of Mine”.

After studying a number of amazing images of lightning on the web (links to examples below) I took advantage of a tutorial link (first link below) that an RB friend had shared with me a few months ago. I had wanted to try this before, but wasn’t sure if I could adapt the instructions for Photoshop to GIMP, and also needed the inspiration provided by this Sojie 14 opportunity.

Unexplainable Surge of Mine
by Christina Rodriguez

Summary: Extracting and attempting to recolor one of the “mouths” from a prior work, superimposed on “homebrew lightning” as WIP#2 for my digital translation of Christina Rodriguez’ powerful “Unexplainable Surge of Mine”.

When I began studying Christina’s original, I was struck by the electrical “surges”, the amazing mouth, and the sensual, curly locks of hair. I have wanted for several months now to revisit “Lip Service”, a work done when I could “only make fractals”, and this seemed like the perfect excuse to “repurpose” part of that image. In the WIP above, you can see I’m having some difficulty with the color adjustment. Below is “Lip Service” for reference.

Lip Service (FSK3511)
by barrowda

Summary: touched up the lips on the “extracted mouth”, and also created a “woman’s totem pole” object that I envision will serve as a “lightning rod” and feminine representational figure once I incorporate the mouth.

WIP#3 for my digital translation of Christina Rodriguez’ powerful “Unexplainable Surge of Mine”.
My next WIP will show this totem object in greater closeup, but I decided I needed it to be small enough (as shown here) to create a pentagon of five “women” to share the electrical “surge”. While I realize some may perceive some Wicca influence in the resulting pentagram, I just like the geometry…though I confess I may have watched a few too many episodes of “Charmed” :o)))

Summary: WIP#4, a close up in GIMP of the totem image showing the mouth and an added supernova effect as a sparkling “power jewel”.

WIP#4 for my digital translation of Christina Rodriguez’ powerful “Unexplainable Surge of Mine”.

Another detail from my study of the description of Christina’s original was that the “surge” of electricity represented a somewhat uncomfortable feeling of anxiety, a tingling feeling that she sometimes has to suppress by painting. As she demonstrated with her entry in Sojie 13, Christina also has a luscious sense of darkness in many of her works, so the somewhat sinister visage of these totem women seems to fit in my mind. At the same time, the strong primary colors are an important piece of my works that I wanted to insert here to “make this my own”.

Summary: WIP# 5; five totems arranged and first bolts of lightning added in GIMP as described in WIP#1.

Answering Kathie’s questions about making lightning in GIMP without affecting other objects (and I had the same questions myself, but I’ve figured it out; whew!!!). After painting the lightning directly on the image layer, I then had to “select” just the lightning with the fuzzy select tool (adjusted to a higher than usual threshold) and apply gaussian blur filter. Planning to add lightning to connect all the totems, but since everybody liked the detailed totem shown up close (including me), I want to figure out how to see more of at least one of them. Thanks for everybody’s comments and questions, and please know that I love all the wonderfully creative work you are doing. And of course, a special thanks to Christina for allowing me to translate her wonderfully inspirational work.

Artwork Comments

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