I like to see the different lights people put up on their front yards. This year, the new thing in my neighborhood is projection x-mas lights. I remember when the new things were those stalactite lights. My brother jokes about how December lights reveal the heights of our neighbors’ ladders.
I started a 16 x 20 inch canvas in Photoshop to play with the shapes in some closeup shots I took of the new lights growing in my neighbors’ front yards.
I started with this photo. I like how dark it gets inside the plants. I like how the lights look more like suns than stars, like it’s daytime for some of the leaves.
I’m enjoying drawing wild lines and then making them disappear. The shapes they leave are surprises, though not random.
I made this video showing some of the layers of the process. The sequence isn’t chronological, but I think the chronology is still evident:
These are some of my favorite stills. I see lots of figures and faces in the leaves. I wonder if I should elaborate on their shapes more, or leave them in my mind. I didn’t draw the light sources until the later layers, and then decided to keep them out. (You can find the lights drawn in red in one of the images below.)
This is a good place to start, and I’m not done looking at these lights.
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