With my two newest pieces I have changed my approach to a more painterly one. This is mostly the result of aquiring "ArtRage" a digital paint program/app. It has a wonderful oil brush tool that feels almost exactly like the real thing. It acts just like I am working oil paint with a brush! I still begin with one of my photographs in Phoroshop Elements --composing, stretching, repositioning, distorting and so on but then I switch to ArtRage and use a white layer to define edges and shapes, further ajusting the composition's rhythm and movement. I switch to the oil brush to actually paint the composition. The result is the look of an oil painting. The question now is whether to print on canvas or watercolor paper. I'm having proofs done on both to compare.
Below is "Church in Poland". At the bottom is the oringinal snap.