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Finally, Pieces of Fabric and a Portrait, #3

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.

Finally see.

Finally be. 

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.

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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.

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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... 

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Previous Pieces of Fabric and a Portrait "Weather the Storm"

Weather the Storm, Pieces of Fabric and a Portrait, #2

I created this portrait inspired by the saying "Weather the Storm". Thinking of the difficult days and times we all have, where we search for the light, hold on to hope and ultimately rise up on the other side stronger and more powerful than ever. 

Keep reading below, I've also shared how I created this portrait.

This is one of many visions I've had in my head for a long time and am finally starting to create them through this 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 photo shoot I used two pieces of bronze satin fabric. I pinned one piece around me and the other piece was just loose on the floor at my feet. I also took quite a few images flipping the fabric in the air so I could layer in movement and create a fuller "dress".  This is a self-portrait and combination of many different images. It took me about 7 hours to create this image from photo shoot to final edit. 

Here's the fabric and clips before, you can also see the gray background I used for the portrait...

The next image I took with my iPhone years ago (in 2012 to be exact) of an approaching storm in the Ballona Wetlands of Playa del Rey. I kept this image because I knew I'd want to use it someday for this project. I used this image to add the storm to the portrait...

It feels so great to finally be moving forward with this project. If you've been holding an idea in your head and heart I encourage you to start working on it. I am going to remember how wonderful this feels to see something through that's been in my heart for so long. Maybe this is the answer to fewer stormy days. Following our hearts more frequently. 

 

See Pieces of Fabric and a Portrait, #1 here...the first photo shoot