An early method of colorizing black and white photos was to apply oil paints directly photographs. Spread thinly and carefully, the paints deposited their hues and the black and white emulsion provided the values or shading. Portrait photographers added skin tones and rosey cheeks with methods like that. In this piece, I imitated that method with modern digital techniques. I captured the image of the cattails on a windy summer day in Madison, Wisconsin. I found a perspective that put the surface of the pond in the entire background. Back in the studio, I painted in the colors in Photoshop using a limited, pallet of three colors. One of the first I attempted this way, and it probably took longer than it should have! My work titled Painted Boats was created in a similar fashion.
Cattails has an impressionistic feel and a pronounced grainy texture.