Approximate Deity

Approximate Deity - Richard Smith -

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This started as a demonstration of layer blending, strictly to illustrate technique to a visitor in person. Yet it came to evolve into this full-on composition. There are two views of the same amaryllis (grown in my laundry room) along with a rose from a local public garden and facial features of a model shot I commissioned a while ago. You can see the source components here, and a video on the making of this piece here:

See the very beginning of this image and an interview with me in Relish by the Winston-Salem Journal: