I've been spending a lot time on this subject in the past few weeks as I attempt to grapple with other artists comprehension of it as well as my own emerging comprehension of something I've taken for granted in my work for many years but never given a name or a cohesive definition to until now.
It occurred to me today while trying to explain to my intern that this isn't something new. I've been doing it since I first began creating art. I guess I just never realized it before now.
One of the very first pieces I ever created called "Autumn Comes" was first an original photograph. I'd had it blown up to 20"x 30" and I'd attached it to a beautiful old ornate frame I had. The I started painting over the photograph, highlighting some areas, adding new things, until I'd built a totally new piece out of the original photo.
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