58″ x 48″ 44,943 brushstrokes 2005
Fractional Brownian Motion (fBm)
and Monet’s Winter Haystack Painting
This painting combines concepts from the French Impressionism and Pointillism, with procedural texturing techniques used in the animation industry. The Pointillistic inspiration came while viewing one of Monet’s haystack paintings at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In order to achieve the desired artistic effect, the painting incorporates three passes of twenty-four different colors. These were softly applied using a new stroke, called the “point.” When viewed up-close a rich diversity of painterly texture and color is visible.
Animators use many tricks and techniques to create objects and add surface textures to these objects. The method for this design, called fractional Brownian movement (fBm), is borrowed from that industry. This fBm creates texture for the brushwork and the colors in the painting. The final painting has 44,943 distinct brushstrokes and took more than two days of continuous effort by Dulcinea.
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