I took the photo to the left as I was walking to the performance space today - between 7th and 8th Ave on 38th. I saw this yellowish doorway, walked by it initially, stopped, and then walked back the three steps to take a photo. Of course the original photo is far less colorful and less striking, but I took it for the shapes and the lines, cracks and crannies - knowing that I could play with the colors and contrast later on on the train. Does that make it any less valid?
Below is a completely failed Helga painting that I attempted a couple of weeks ago. Whatever I tried, I just couldn't get it right. I kept on painting over and over and over her until it turned into a gray mess. It is still a gray mess, but I was able to play with the colors and contrast and come to something somewhat interesting (but still, not suitable for a wall). It makes me wonder, though, what else is possible in the gray area between painting and digital. There are no rules that say I can't take a picture of a painting and then make it more awesome on my computer - boost the color here, increase the contrast there, why not? I guess I'll just keep on playing - in both worlds.