Monday, November 16, 2009

Autumnal Tints Artist - Lee Muslin

Still Point Art Gallery's Autumnal Tints exhibition will end in a couple of weeks, as will the season of autumn. Here in Maine the trees are totally bare, and the predominant colors are brown and rust - the brown coming from the tree branches, and the rust coming from the leaves on the ground that still need to be raked or pushed off into the woods.

I want to draw some attention this week to a piece in the exhibition by Lee Muslin called Falling Leaves. This piece is a digital photomontage, and, at first glance, it does not seem to be your typical autumn artwork. Where are the red, yellow, and gold leaves? Instead we see blue and teal leaves set against an abstract orange, gold, and blue background. This combination of colors is unusual and quite striking. But if you spend a minute with the image, you will get a sense of leaves darkly silhouetted against an autumnal sky at dusk. This is a lovely and most original piece of autumn art.

Falling Leaves

So what is digital photomontage? Muslin describes it like this:

My digital photomontages are created by combining my original photographs using the computer as my paintbrush. To realize an idea, I review my vast archive of thousands of photographs to decide which images can be merged to make a compelling statement. The chosen photographs are scanned on a high resolution film scanner or raw files from my digital SLR camera are convert to a workable file format. The images or selected portions of them are layers, blended, and collaged using Photoshop software. These layers may then be partially erased or masked, duplicated or electronically painted. Color and opacity adjustments may be made, and various filters or blending modes may be applied. There are endless possibilities. This elaborate process facilitates results that would be impossible in the traditional photographic darkroom. My pre-visualized idea often changes as I'm working and artworks usually come to fruition through in-process discovery. Working on an image often involves many days, weeks or even months to finalize the placement of images, what effects to use and which manipulations to make, to create the most effective final product.
Falling Leaves by Lee Muslin is 20" x 24" framed and is available for $355. Please contact Christine Cote at christine@stillpointartgallery.com or by phone at (207) 837-5760.

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Christine Brooks Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
November 16, 2009


  1. Nice work... I'm also a digital artist that works from my photography and also paints digitally. You can see my work here:

    I used to live in Deerfield and Cape Neddick as a kid and would love an opportunity to return to Maine.

  2. Lovely work! It's always nice to see a twist of the traditional.


  3. Thanks, Pamela and Ann. It's always nice to be appreciated.