I can identify with this idea! Lately I have been experimenting with hand painting over my images using Corel Painter 11 and a Wacom tablet and pen. The software is complex and requires an enormous learning curve but I basically use the colors from my image and reinterpret the content. I paint each stroke by hand sometimes at 100 percent view to get the detail where I want it. I have been experimenting with output on canvas, heavy matte art papers such as Sugar Cane and Bamboo by Hahnemuhle, etc....Honestly don't know if this method will last with me or lead to some other way of seeing and printing my images. (when I photograph I "see" the image in terms of a "painting" (usually somewhat abstract)...shapes, textures, colors, etc.. anyway here's the direct link to what I've done so far (hope the like works!) Eleanorhttp://web.mac.com/eleanorbrown/ELEANOR_BROWN_PHOTOGRAPHY/Painted_Pigment_series.html
I've been away from photography for several years, In that time I went back to painting in oils. I'm now searching for a hybrid of photo & impressionism that i can print on a 16x20 format printer and maybe start with a print and add WC washes. Has anyone worked in this area, if so what tools do you find necessary, PS filters or scripts to layer textures & possible colors.
I enjoy the realism of photographic shapes but need the impressionism and softness of wc washes and filter overlays. Any thought will be welcomed. I have a canon 350 epson 3800 PS with some filters as a starting point.