Paint Pot Head.

Photoshop Paint pot head.

I got this idea from seeing a head that was photoshopped to look like a boiled egg cracked open. That was great but there was so many versions of that I just had to come up with my own idea. What to do mmmmm? Ok lets do a head that incorporates a paint pot maybe with the paint dribbling down the face 🙂 My Paint pot head does the trick and has shocked many viewers so perhaps I will choose the colours a little more wisely next time. I didn’t get any bad reviews but almost everyone thought I was emulating blood, it honestly never occurred to me and with it being quite realistic I guess they were right. Regardless of subject, in the future I need to sit back and do some lateral thinking before I publish anything that might just make you squeal.
I love doing these creative things, especially when they turn out looking great. If you want to see more go to my Photo Fun page, plenty of photoshopped stuff there.

paint pot head

American family restoration

American family restoration c1900’s

This photo restoration is of the descendants of John Augustus Small, the American Union soldier that I restored recently. I know the photo as Gramps & Charlie and that the name of the seated gentleman is unknown, but Victorian history in this country tells us that some slaves were treated as friends or people to show off your wealth.
Yet again this photo was from the old collage and sent to me as a 2″ square damaged picture. In this case I guess I under priced the work but I won’t change the cost once quoted to a customer. There’s too much work gone into this to list for you though I will say that the new backdrop is an old painting of my hometown Royton. Not very authentic for an American family restoration but there was a nice link for my customer regarding the slave in his photo and that of the history of some Royton slaves.

American family restoration, original photo    American family restoration showing Gramp & Charlie restored with new background

I made some free sepia copies of all the photos for this customer but made an error with the layers whilst working on this one. I thought it looked really cool so offered to him which he gladly accepted and enjoyed. What do you think?

Gramp & Charlie with an odd finish in sepia. Done by accident when switching layers but looks great.

John Augustus Small II

John Augustus Small, Civilian.

This first photo is another sent to me of John Augustus Small, the first being the man in the American Union Army. At first glance you may think its not such a good photo restoration but please consider that the original was taken from an old collage and sent in at only 2″ square.
I started by increasing the size which you see to the left, then I went to work and had to do many things like cloning the ladies left breast and arm over to the right. The gents left hand was also cloned over to replace his right hand. Adding a new background was ok’d with the client so I enhanced it with a timeless bit of scenery that matched pretty good to me.
Another sad story to John’s life is quoted here by my client regarding his wife Almena:

Poor woman, hers is a tragic case.  I do not recall how many pregnancies she had before her sad and horrific death at age 33. She was pregnant again but wished no more children.  As the legend goes, she attempted abortion at her own hand with a button hook. There followed profuse bleeding, and I think that was cause of death.  Or if she recovered and staunched the bleeding septicaemia set in and caused her death.

John Augustus Small, now as a civilian having seen the horrors of the American Civil War.  John Augustus Small, Now civy having seen the horrors of the American Civil War.

I shouldn’t really show the following restoration because in my books it’s pretty bad. Again it has come from an old collage and sent into me as a “2 square horrifically damaged picture. Judging by my clients previous comments he didn’t want the characters lost in restoration and artwork. The one thing I ventured to do was replace the child in the centre that has no face. I did this by cloning the front girls face and changing the expression. I’ve noticed in very old photos that you can get bad distortion in the subjects, or maybe it’s caused by shadows I don’t really know. But please don’t blame me for the odd way some of them look with their posture, the restoration made no changes in that respect.

Grammy Riley and kids before restoration  Grammy Riley and kids after photo restoration

More history from my client:
The woman is my maternal grandmother Alice E. Small, born August 1877. She had first child Hilma 1897 and died as a youngster. In 1909 she had a son, Carl, who lived but a few years.  In the time between she had Martin (1900), Herbert (1905) and Arthur (1907). Even if all of these are in the photo I think we still have a challenge.  Additionally, I noticed in one census decade she had niece Lillian Small living with her.  She perhaps did the same accommodation at other times.

This is one of the sources for the photos sent in to me:

The source photo of Grammy Riley and kids taken from a collage of old pictures.

American Civil War

John Augustus Small 1864.

During the time of the American Civil War this great photo of John Augustus Small was taken whilst he was enrolled in the American union army  in the year 1864. He is the maternal great grandfather of my client and as such I was asked if I could restore the photo of for him. The result is shown here, and for your interest the snippet of this soldiers remarkable history is further down the page should you wish to read it.
As for the photo restoration, I cleaned up all the scratches, creases, gave him a new goatee and of course added a new frame which was copied from the  Library of Congress website. Great result which has earned me more work from this client.

Photo of John Augustus Small 1864 during the American Civil War.  Photo of John Augustus Small 1864, during the American Civil War. Not a great time to be living in the US.

Quote from client. John Augustus Small. His home town was Portland, Maine, from 1847–1898.  He followed his father and his uncle as a volunteer in a Maine Infantry Regiment in that very awful American Civil War. He was but 16 when he entered, and I believe he was successful in dodging all the heavy lead Minie bullets flung at him from the Confederate defence forces.  I must research further for the details but it seems that John was in that horrible scorched earth campaign remembered as Sherman’s March to the Sea”.
The March to the Sea, the most destructive campaign against a civilian population during the Civil War (1861-65), began in Atlanta on November 15, 1864, and concluded in Savannah on December 21, 1864. Union general William T. Sherman abandoned his supply line and marched across Georgia to the Atlantic Ocean to prove to the Confederate population that its government could not protect the people from invaders. He practiced psychological warfare; he believed that by marching an army across the state he would demonstrate to the world that the Union had a power the Confederacy could not resist. “This may not be war,” he said, “but rather statesmanship.”
John came back from that war to Portland and with his father resumed their trade in the family butcher shop.  Life came to him as a very sad end as he succumbed to a disorder that they called “Bright’s Disease.” Wikipedia mentions that it is known in modern medicine as acute or chronic nephritis. My grandmother related the agony of his final days when he could not pass urine and at that time it seems that they had no catheters to give relief.  Said she, “the only relief the doctor could recommend was to sweat him.” One can only imagine how the one insufferable condition was amplified by being wrapped in heavy blankets and with heated bricks placed along side him under the covers to promote the maximum perspiration.  He must have welcomed death at last.

Places for reference:
Civil War Trust – Saving America’s Civil War Battlefields.
American Civil War – Many references.
Library of Congress – US Government records.
Civil War Faces – Flickr LoC photos.