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Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell

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Two of the finest ways to capture beauty is through photography and painting with watercolors, but what happens when the two combine. The answer is splat! Artist and photographer Aliza Razell does self-portrait photographs which she then splats with watercolors producing amazing pictures. Using watercolors, Aliza adds exciting bursts of colors leaping from her hands, or gives herself the wings of an angel. The combination of posing in anticipation of the colorful additions and her careful painting into the photograph produces images full of visual excitement.

Aliza’s unusual combination of photography and watercolors provides inspiration to all of us with artistic aspirations. We can combine the playful joy of photography and the creative use of watercolors to create magical portraits.

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In a recent interview with Indulgd.com we asked…

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am nineteen years old. I love things that I can’t understand, and I love getting my hands dirty.

What first inspired you to take these shots and manipulate them in such a creative way?
Honestly, I am not sure. I come from a family of artists; my mother is a glass artist (studiogh.com), and my father is an architect, so my brothers and I had little choice but to explore the arts! Personally, I have always felt the need to express myself, but I find I get restless with one medium–I need to keep trying something new. For a while, writing was my thing. More recently, (inspired mostly by my brother/partner in crime Zev (zevhoover.com) I’ve started experimenting with photography. Maybe this medium will stick!

What have been people’s reactions to your work?
Honestly, I’ve been a little overwhelmed by the positive responses I have received! I am very critical of my own work, and for a while it was difficult for me to believe that people took me seriously. People have been telling me lately that they have been inspired by seeing my work. It means the world to me to know I have inspired people.

What is your personal favourite photo that you have taken and manipulated?
Golly, that’s a difficult question! I am a firm believer that your best photo is the one you haven’t taken yet–that’s what keeps me needing to create more. One of my recent photo/watercolor composites that came out exactly as I wanted it to is this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ummatiddle/12724297105/.

What projects have you been currently working on?
I am in the middle of a 365 project now–I’m at day 103 and haven’t missed a day yet! It’s tough to create something new every single day, but I don’t regret starting it and would recommend it to anybody trying to improve! It’s the perfect means to learn by the only way I would swear by: by trying, failing, and trying again.

How can people get in touch with you if they would like to see more of your work?
Pretty much all of my photos are on my flickr page. I also post most of them, as well as behind-the-scenes and before/afters on my Facebook page.

The other photo that I almost put as my favorite was this one. There is really very little editing done to it – I was actually sitting in a circle of flames. It was the first time I successfully expressed exactly what I was feeling through photography, and illustrates one of my mottos: when in doubt, set something on fire!

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Via Aliza Razell on Flickr and Aliza Razell on Facebook

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