This is my photo of Trisha Leydet in front of one of my paintings. I’ m going to convert this from a figurative work to an abstract.

To execute Trisha’s transformation from this photo to abstraction, I’m using FX Photo Studio PRO. It’s an app I’ve had for a long time, But until now it never played a roll in my abstract art. When you load your photo into FX you get something like this:

As you see you have the main picture and 13 variations of that photo under it. But the actual number of variations seems to be endless. On double checking the endlessness tonight, I ran through them all much faster than I expected. There are various settings and I probably didn’t get the right one. Click on a thumbnail and it pops up on the screen. Below is one of my choices.

As I said, the choice seemed infinite allowing me to change the photo radically. Below was the beginning of that radical change.. Now the image is somewhat abstract. So i keep adding layers to it.:

More additions and subtractions got me to this, which I like as a piece of art.

I flipped this one over on its long side to get this piece, which was my favorite until now.

After some more thumbnail clicks I came up with this one. It’s hard to tell that this started out as a shot of Trisha. This wasn’t all FX. As a last step I worked on it in Aperture. Some of you must be asking why I would ruin the picture of Trisha by doing this to it. Well, the experiment gave me back the original as well as over a dozen new photos. And for the last year or two I’ve been making a lot of abstracts, relying chiefly on Aperture and Photoshop. The FX Pro adds another method to my madness.  But when I gave FX Pro a run last night so I could explain how I did what I did several days ago, I couldn’t duplicate what I’d managed to do here. Maybe I was hallucinating. I swear I haven’t been patronizing Pittsfield’s newly opened recreational pot emporiums. I’m going to have to call FX Pro to straighten me out. Oh, well.