©2010 L. Ciacco, Front Porch Grunge, Digital Art
I think this version captures the essence of the porch: well-worn, welcoming and warm, in atmosphere if not temperature (it was November, after all). A secluded but bright place to sit and read, or work on a knitting or sewing project, or do a bit of drawing, or just sit and dream.
©2010 L. Ciacco, Front Porch Paint, Digital Image
I pushed this version a bit over the top with an added layer of peeling, cracked paint plus a canvas texture. In the course of experimenting, I hit on a blending mode (Photoshop speak, sorry) that turned some of the areas a surprising blue which I rather liked, so I kept it. I was going for a painterly effect. Do you think I succeeded? Is it a little too much for you?
©2010 L.Ciacco, Front Porch Tintype, Digital Image
And then I got to wondering how the picture might look as a monochromatic image. I tried to get the effect of an illustration that one might find in an old book, or a tintype image. It's a bit hard to "read" perhaps, but there's a certain air of secrecy and mystery to it, I think. Definitely time-worn.
And this is the original photo.