[Alt-photo] gum colors, pigment density

Paul Viapiano viapiano at pacbell.net
Mon May 26 00:58:52 UTC 2014


We'll, I think you have to be able to accept happy accidents as it were. It's very difficult to try to achieve a perfect photographic emulation, although masters like Keith Taylor are brilliant in this regard. 

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> On May 25, 2014, at 4:51 PM, Laura V <laura at lavatop.com> wrote:
> 
> 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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>> P
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>>> On May 25, 2014, at 8:05 AM, Laura V <laura at lavatop.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Thought I would report on my progress so you'd know that all your help has not been going to waste!
>>> 
>>> 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.
>>> 
>>> 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/
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 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!
>>> 
>>> 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 ;)
>>> 
>>> 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.
>>> 
>>> 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.
>>> 
>>> Best Regards,
>>> Laura
>>> 
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