This is another of those images that I've had for quite a long time. I've always like it, but there was never anything that really distinguishes from hundreds of others of similar quality. But the beautiful thing about photo-artistry is you don’t have to leave an image ordinary. So, here, I've recreated the image, cropped it to square format and integrated some of my favorite elements to make a surreal, appealing piece I call "Fantasy Veranda".
I'm finding that about half a dozen iterations of an image is what it's taking me to get to a final piece that strikes the right notes. When I say iteration, basically I mean starting completely over with the photograph from it's base image. During each iteration, there can be dozens, hundreds of changes. This is the nature of this particular beast. I can, therefore I do.
Even this one, after the glow's been added, the butterflies, the stars, the sun emblem, the textures and everything else, I felt there was just something else that needed to find a home. The throw on the chair made the veranda look empty - something needed to be there. A beautiful woman would have been nice. Or a couple. With perhaps a dog at their feet. But, I'm not that good at integrating disparate elements yet (though, to be honest, I think I'm pretty damned close) so instead, I decided on a napping cat (definitely one of my favorite elements).
The location of this attractive veranda was the Riviera Maya in Mexico.
Keywords: Art, Fantasy, Fine Art, Fine Art Photography, Fine Art Print, John Strong Arts, Mexico, Photography, Porch, Print, Riveria Maya, Veranda
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