Today is my Birthday. This portrait represents how I feel going into this new year. I've been working on this portrait in my mind for many, many months and finally finished it this morning.
Inspired by a feeling about how I feel today. Finally is the word that comes to mind. Finally can mean so many things. Finally arrived. Finally know. Finally peace. Finally ready.
Keep reading below. I share how I created this portrait.
I created this image using 6 different pictures I've taken over the past few years. I also spent about 10 hours in Photoshop editing and painting and just letting inspiration lead the way.
This is part of my personal project Pieces of Fabric and a Portrait. The idea...I make a dress or outfit using one piece or a few pieces of fabric, no sewing, just wrapping, tying and pinning the fabrics and then create beautiful inspired portraits.
For this portrait, I started with a giant piece of bright pink fabric, wrapped it around myself to create a "dress". I pinned it with the clips you see below. I used the wax paper and freezer paper pictured to create the look of chrysalis fading away at my feet. (I looked up the word cocoon and apparently that's not usually what caterpillars form to become butterflies, it's called a chrysalis. Learned something new.)
I took quite a few portraits of myself wearing the "dress" in front of a gray background and merged two different images together so I had a complete image without the camera remote in my hand.
I took this image of a beautiful butterfly during a family vacation in Florida years ago. It's one of my favorite photographs. I am in love with the wings and made them my wings in this portrait.
This next image was taken during a walk through the mountains in Georgia with my sister a few years ago. We were both in awe of the light streaming through the trees over the creek. You will see in the final image, I used this picture for the background.
This following photo shows reflections in the pond at my Grandma's cabin in the Georgia mountains. I used the sky and tree reflections as part of the final portrait, to create additional light and glow.
I took the next photo on the same nature walk through the mountains in Georgia with my sister. This is an image looking straight down at the creek, slow shutter speed for movement. I used this to add texture to the chrysalis...cocoon :-), I just like how cocoon sounds.
And again...the final portrait...