Texture Trail is an exploration in digital painting using Adobe Fresco. Fresco is interesting because it includes "live" brushes in both watercolors and oil "paints". This piece was created using a variety of digital oil brushes.
This was my first real project in Fresco, and the first time I've digitally painted anything in over a decade. It was fascinating to play with the various brushes, and extremely fun to progress through the painting with all of the power Fresco provides.
One thing I found especially satisfying is the way that Fresco emulates the physical nature of oil paint. I found myself mesmerized by the various way I could "shape" the digital oil. This comes through in the various textures on the canvas.
For this project I "cheated" by using a digital photo as a base for the painting. This made the color selection and composition easier. I also took the original photo, and so I feel even more connected to this special photograph now that I have examined every aspect of it in detail. The experience was cathartic, and reminded me of the soothing benefits of coloring books.
I learned a lot about Fresco and digital paint during this experience, and I am looking forward to my next opportunity with this software.