Dreams of Summer Redux Art Gallery
Artwork Creation Dates
- Original: August 08, 2012
- Redux 1: November 14, 2015
- Redux 2: September 30, 2016
Dreaming of idyllic summers long past and the beautiful summers yet to come.
When I first created this artwork in 2012, it was in the midst of a sweltering Southern Illinois summer with high temperatures and even higher humidity. My idea was to create a more idyllic summer than what I was experiencing. Thus, Dreams of Summer was born.
While I like the concepts of the off-center positioned character and the windswept hair, there was more wrong than right with this original artwork. The meadow flowers look exactly like what they are, flat props from a single prop set that have be multiplied several times. They should look like a natural field of flowers. Depth of field can be a great addition to most artworks but here the blurring is too heavy and not gradual enough. I believe that was done on purpose to make the flower props look better (it doesn’t). The woman is so close to the camera that she doesn’t look like she’s really part of the scene but was pasted onto a 2D background (I hate that look). The original idea was good but my execution of it was poor.
Redux Artwork 1
For the first redux, I created a completely brand new scene without reusing anything from the original. The character is now only slightly off center but is more windswept and actually looks like she’s part of the scene. The flowers look like flowers but they clumped together with too many open spots to look like a natural meadow/field of flowers. The beach in the background looks quite odd with the water creeping up on it like fingers scraping at the sand instead of waves gently flowing onto the shore. That was due to not knowing how to properly use the Terradome 2 set’s morphs for water planes. I also forgot that if the wind is blowing and there are waves in the water, there should be some break in the water or wave crashing against the lighthouse in the background. I did a good job using wind-force on the dynamic gown but her hair looks stiff and clumped together like she used way too much hair spray. It was a good start but once again, it just wasn’t good enough.
The Fixed Final
The second redux, third attempt, and final version of Dreams of Summer. I must say that this has become one of my all-time favorite artworks of mine. Her hair now blows naturally in the wind in the same direction as her gown. The meadow of flowers (poppies) and grass looks not only natural but “real”. The beach also looks natural with waves gently crashing onto the lighthouse and shore. The postwork of this one was also different so as to only enhance the colors instead of changing them to have a “vintage” look like Redux 1. With the creamy canvas border, this artwork makes for a great mounted canvas print!