“Dulcinea’s Yellow Pointillism”
(48” x 54”) 44,943 brushstrokes, 2005
Artistic Inspiration The Pointillism inspiration came while viewing one of Monet’s winter haystack paintings at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The snow on the ground had a magical, painterly quality to it. The painting combines concepts from the French Impressionism and Pointillism, with procedural texturing techniques used in the animation industry.
Technical Description While walking through some Roman ruins in Italy, during an artists’ study trip, a fellow artist from the movie special-effect industry mentioned how the Perlin algorithm was often used to create textures, like mountain ranges or dinosaur skin. Fascinated by this idea, a Fractional Brownian Motion (fBm) algorithm created the pattern and points of color you see here.
Outcome In order to achieve the desired artistic effect, the painting incorporates three passes of twenty-four different colors (six warm and six cool of yellow and purple). When viewed up-close a rich diversity of painterly texture and color is visible. The final painting took more than two days of continuous effort by Dulcinea.