[Alt-photo] gum colors, pigment density

Laura V laura at lavatop.com
Sun May 25 23:51:30 UTC 2014


Aw, thanks for the encouragement Paul but I don't think I've mastered 
the "balance" just yet. You really have to have a weird sense of humor 
to do gum!

Laura

On 5/25/14 7:45 PM, Paul Viapiano wrote:
> Laura, these are all fantastic! You're exactly right when you say "happy balance" ;-)
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>> On May 25, 2014, at 8:05 AM, Laura V <laura at lavatop.com> wrote:
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>> Thought I would report on my progress so you'd know that all your help has not been going to waste!
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>> I have found that using less pigment seems to result in better control (image develops nice and evenly, doesn't flake), but also requires more layers (am I stating the obvious?) On the other hand, some of my "failures" have resulted in unique painterly effects...that doesn't happen when trying to control too much. I think I need to find a happy balance in there somewhere.
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>> 2 of these are works in progress, 2 are finished and below are my comments. Any comments or suggestions are welcome, especially on the first 2 unfinished ones.
>> http://lauraval.com/current/
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>> Image #1 (woman)
>> 3 color from one neg, starting with ultramarine blue which is kinda thin. I'm tempted to put one more layer on here for more contrast...not sure what though!
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>> Image #2 (apple)
>> 3 color from 3 negs. I'm surprised at how thick the perylene maroon went on - I don't mind the brush strokes though, part of the charm of gum for me is doing something painterly, but I lost some detail in the apple highlight because I keep it in the water too long hoping to get the shadow detail on the table top. Didn't happen. So I want to put on one more layer - but not sure what! Can I improve this, or should I leave it alone and start another one? I will probably do something to it anyway ;)
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>> Image #3 the rock called "Karlinn"
>> 4 color from 3 negs. It was a color image, but a very gray day. I'm happy with the range I got, and that I was able to keep it neutral, the only flaw is that I got the idea to let the first layer dry lying face up instead of hanging. Not a good idea! There is a faint bubbly texture underneath because of that and a small water stain on the right.
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>> Image #4 - this place is called Brennisteinsöldukvísl !
>> This is one of my earlier ones where the final layer (lamp black) started peeling off, so I took a brush to it - I rather like how it came out. It's a very rocky landscape and the black gave it a crusty look.
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>> Best Regards,
>> Laura
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