You Should Take Care

I gasped when I first saw these paintings (yes, paintings!) by Pakayla Biehn, based on double exposure photography. I definitely recognize some of the images she uses as well…a couple are by the amazing Tamara Lichtenstein.

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Beautiful doesn’t even seem to describe it! More here: youshouldtakecare.com

Comments

  1. Oh my gosh.
    I am obsessed now! such great inspiration, and you know I will be printing these out for my mood board. I can’t believe these are paintings! It must take some seriously insane amount of concentration to be able to paint two scenes on one canvas. So inspired.
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  2. I fail to see what’s impressive in these paintings besides the technique. She’s just reproducing someone else’s art on a canvas. With a few photoshop effects, you could make the photographs into a painting. I just don’t see anything that makes the artist’s work her own.

  3. Elisabeth – the technique itself is an art and painstaking at that. This is not someone else’s art, this is her art. She sets up the shots and dictates what she wants as the double exposure. See it as a collaboration. Don’t you dare ever say the word photoshop in the same conversation about photo-realistic painting. You obviously have no idea.

  4. As someone who studied realistic painting for three years, I fail to see why photoshop shouldn’t be mentioned. Photorealism is what it is : based on photos – and photoshop helps you get what you want out of the photos. Of course painting from life is something else entirely, and you can get worked up about the word photoshop then, but not in this case. Photoshop can be a work tool if you want it to be – although sticking to it will always limit you, but that’s another story.

  5. @Anonymous — Didn’t know I wasn’t allowed to express an opinion on why I fail to be impressed by photorealistic painting copying the framing, composition, colors, etc of another’s person’s photograph. I’m impressed with the technical skill, of course. But where is the creativity?

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