There are many talented artists in my family. My brother, Bob Deever, SMSgt (ret), USAF, took this one in San Antonio.
After I received his photo, it was cropped and toned for a foundation that would allow many versions of it to be created from it. Naturally, the original was saved in case I decided to crop and tone a different way for an altogether different approach.
Upon determining a base look, I then experiment with 20 to 60 versions of it - changing colors, applying filters, embedding additional images, digitally painting them and transforming them from a recognizable photograph into this altogether new work.
However, as soon as I saw it, I knew it could only be presented in black and white.
"Tougher Than They Look" has been recognized in multiple black and white art competitions - originally created to lift the spirits of someone close to us who had suffered life-changing injuries in a serious accident.
Foundation photo by Bob Deever
“Navigating Life” may not comfort . . . but, it is meant to encourage.
Just stop – think it through – gear up with power . . . and go.
*Note: Look for the green.
The Tower in the City is a fortress, strong against invasion. Remember that which protects you and persist with hope.
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Tying for 4th place in the Digital Representational category at the 2019 American Art Awards is "Transition Fortress".
17 of the 20 Limited Edition prints remain, which include the signature of the artist and certificate of authenticity.
Foundation photo by Garry Worthington.
Taken in San Antonio, the foundation photo of this image was originally in color of drab maroon and off white. I transformed it into a black and white work . . . and roughed it up a bit.
Bob Deever, SMSgt (ret), USAF, is my brother and is very forgiving of my manipulations of his original work - which is great without my intrusion. Still . . .
I cropped and toned the original for a base that would allow many versions of it to be created from it. Naturally, the original was saved in case I decided to crop and tone a different way for an altogether different approach.
Upon determining the base look, I then experiment with 20 to 60 versions of it - changing colors, applying filters, embedding additional images, digitally painting them and transforming them from a recognizable photograph into this altogether new work . . . black and white.
"Wedding Day" was created in honor of a special event in our family.
It is one of our signature images now - due to its popularity on social media.
Foundation photo by Catharine A Deever
“Ghost Plane” is a Douglas C-47 Skytrain or Dakota - per James P Smith, Senior Program Manager, Global Cyber Security Engineering | Information Security.
Bob Deever SMSgt (ret) USAF, my brother, says the variant craft shown here, is a “Spooky”.
Historically, the C47 dropped more than 50,000 paratroopers during the first few days of the D-Day campaign.
Foundation photo by Bob Deever
“Prairie Barn”, although created from a local photograph, reminds me of the place in our Heart of America where I grew up.
Winds were strong. Summers were hot. Autumn browned the grass. Winter piled our endless views with snow. . . . Spring always began when Mom bought our new clothes for church.
In the fields, we felt free. In the barns, we felt safe.
(Foundation photograph by Sheri Heath, cousin.)
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