Abstract(Tradigital) - Work in Progress(WIP)

It’s a tale from the riverbank using Winnie the Pooh quotes – It’s called Pooh sticks’ – a tale of whimsy. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh -

These are the photographs/quotes I have chosen to create this abstract and are the inspiration for this work, keeping in mind we are still on the river theme.
Duck egg blue’ Willow bark’ The river’ & The Reeds’

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present." Winnie the Pooh”
― A.A. Milne
We are under the water today glug glug! looking down onto the riverbed.
I have used these two photos so far.

WIP 1 – Overlayed the reeds shot onto the willow bark background upped the colours &vibrancy.Pin light – opacity 33% (didn’t want to lose the big fish eyes at the bottom of the riverbed.
WIP 2 –
Painted a few little fish happily swimming around ;) Screen – opacity 70%. Added a gradient layer to give the water more depth Multiply 82%.
Then I put it through the ripples plug-in to give an even more watery feel.

“I’m not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“Friendship," said Christopher Robin, "is a very comforting thing to have.”
― A.A. Milne

WIP 3 -
Layered my river photo on in luminosity mode 37% to show the swell of the river and still give the impression we are peeping down onto the riverbed. I want to encompass all the aspects of riverlife in this abstract. Put it through the water ripples plug-in again to show the reflected light on the water.
WIP 4 –


“What day is it?"
It’s today," squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day," said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne
WIP 5 –
Just popped out and took this photograph messing about on the river with pooh sticks! Lol!
I cloned out the eye and moved the knot over it as I was fed up with it looking at me lol! Layered on and positioned the sticks so they look as if they are eddying down into the river, with Hard light 100%. Merged all layers then cloned and blended it all together. Of course we mustn’t forget the famous Pooh bridge where the game was invented! So I painted the bridge on a new layer and toned it down with soft light Opacity 32% blending it in with the clone brush.

WIP 6 – Overlaid my abstract painting to portray the riverbed and painted in some forms with soft light, cloned and masked out areas to give the feeling of motion in water. Now it becomes Tradigital – Tradigital art most commonly refers to art that combines both traditional and computer-based techniques to create an image. The traditional studio media and techniques with digital imaging to produce original fine art

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

WIP 7 –
Added my first photo of Duck egg blue on a new layer – ( so we have come full circle ) + mask layer – soft light 100% and masked around the egg, reeds and the all seeing eye but still catching their reflections in the water. As I wanted to portray life on the riverbed and the egg is the beginning of all life. After all this is what the painting is all about – The river of life!

FINAL – Pooh sticks’… by Valerie Anne Kelly

“And by and by Christopher Robin came to the end of things, and he was silent, and he sat there, looking out over the world, just wishing it wouldn’t stop.”
― A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh corner.

Pooh sticks is a game first mentioned in The House at Pooh Corner, a Winnie-the-Pooh book by A. A. Milne. It is a simple game which may be played on any bridge over running water; each player drops a stick on the upstream side of a bridge and the one whose stick first appears on the downstream side is the winner.

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