My starting point was a photograph of the covered patio attached to one of the houses belonging to Charlotte Hunnewell Sorchan, Turtle Bay Gardens, 228 East 48 Street, New York. In 1919, Miss Sorchan bought several dilapidated brownstone houses along East 49th and East 48th Street that dated from the 1860s, and renovated them.
The photograph was taken by Frances Benjamin (1864-1952). As soon as I saw it in the Library of Congress’s Flickr stream, I imagined it could only be somewhere in Spain or Italy on a dullish day. How wrong can you be. The only thing Mediterranean is that the intended design was Spanish.
I determined it should come over as Mediterranean as possible — stone-built walls washed with terracotta, a sun-kissed floor and such like — and give the impression of a 19th century oil painting. To achieve this in Photoshop I used two textures from 2 Lil’ Owls — 2LO Confetti 9 (Multiply mode) and 2LO Confetti 4 (Overlay mode), and gave the original photo a softness with the Smart Blur tool.
September 20th, 2015
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