Hand-Coloring Photographs with Kate Breakey
Hand-coloring is as old as photography itself. In the 19th century, color tinting was applied to early black-and-white prints to make them more closely resemble reality; it was the advent of color films in the 1950s that took photographic hand-coloring techniques into the realm of interpretive artistic expression. Applying color has become a way for photographers to alter their images so that they become something other, something that can be more compelling and absolutely unique.
This four-day workshop introduces you to the many materials and techniques of hand-coloring, inspiring you to experiment with your own creative process. You start with a digitally output print and then apply a variety of oil paints, pigments, pencils, and inks or pastels in combination, to extend the photographic image and produce the effects you want. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Photography is a magical process and the ‘hands on’ aspect of applying pigment is not only fun, it is meditation on the joy of ‘making’ something that comes from somewhere within.
Lunch and materials are included in the registration fee for this workshop.
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Kate Breakey is internationally known for her large-scale, richly hand-colored photographs including her acclaimed series of luminous portraits of birds, flowers and animals in an ongoing series called Small Deaths published in 2001 by University of Texas Press with a foreword by noted art critic, A. D. Coleman. Since 1980 her work has appeared in more than 100 one-person exhibitions and in over 50 group exhibitions in the US, France, Japan, Australia, China, and New Zealand.
Her work is held in many public institutions including the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, the Austin Museum of Art, the Australian National Gallery in Canberra and the Osaka Museum in Osaka, Japan. Her third book, Painted Light, published by the University of Texas in 2010, is a career retrospective that encompasses a quarter century of prolific image making.
Her collection of photograms, entitled Las Sombras / The shadows was published by University of Texas Press in October 2012. This series is a continuation of her lifetime investigation of the natural world which in her own words is ‘brimming with fantastic mysterious beautiful things.’
A native of South Australia, Kate moved to Austin, Texas in 1988. She completed a Master of Fine Art degree at the University of Texas in 1991 where she also taught photography in the Department of Art and Art History until 1997. In 1999, she moved to Tucson, Arizona. In 2004 she received the Photographer of the Year award from the Houston Center for Photography. She now regularly teaches at the Santa Fe Photographic workshops, and The Italy ‘Spirit into Matter’ workshops.
Her landscape images – selected from a life-time of photographing all over the world – were published by Etherton Gallery in a Catalogue entitled Slow Light. She also works with gold-leaf to produce a modern day versions of an archaic photographic process called an Orotone.