The Atlas Of Dreams - Color Plate 15 alternate

Richard Maier

Los Angeles, United States

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Spirits seem to play over this placid Japanese garden lake. A koi blows bubbles for fun.

Usually an Atlas Of Dreams image takes many hours and many versions before I consider it done. This one was an exception. I dragged the first image on to the second, changed the blending mode, and was about to start changing the opacity when I realized that I had an ideal winter image. Since this was at the tail end of 2004, it would have to wait nearly a year before I could use it as my New Year’s card for 2006. Thinking it too simple for the Atlas, I continued working until I produce the “official” Atlas Of Dreams – Color Plate 15.

There are a finite supply of 19th century engravings available to modern artists, and by 2004 I had started to look for necessary alternatives in order to keep the Atlas of Dreams series going. The option of using Photoshop filters to create engravings from stock photos has its start in Color Plate 15, and would immediately come to dominate the color series. From this point forward, historical engravings would become the exception rather than the rule.

“Color Plate 15 alternate” combines a photograph from an unknown deviantART stock photographer filtered with Alpha Plugins’ Engraver filter with a painting created by my father, Gus Maier.

“The Atlas Of Dreams” is an ongoing project started in 1999. Each plate is composed of several different images combined to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Source images include historic engravings, NASA photos of space and the Earth’s surface, abstract images, the artwork of my father: Gus Maier, and of course my own artwork – recycled and reused. Watch out for stray butterflies, fish, snakes, and other animals…

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