Most of the colored images are done pretty quickly, a few days at most. Others, like this thing I’m working on Alice in Wonderland, are long slow work that could go on for months. This is the result of two days of work – off and on. It begins as a an infrared film shot; the sculpture is underexposed; and infrared shots of bronze are just about always underexposed; and it’s a poor choice to paint; but it’s also a good shot from the point of view of being a large negative, and all the details and characters are in a good position.
I think partly I chose it because it really is a difficult thing to tackle for many reasons.
Dreamscape also went on and on for at least a few months. Not because there was anything technically difficult, but because it was simply so open to interpretation that I kept going back to it with different color patterns; At one point all the lights were off. At another some were on, but there weren’t enough of them so I added about five or six. The sky was probably ten different hues before this shocking sort of tornado blue worked. I think, if I remember correctly that the final touch was giving the whole thing a subtle glow.