Surreal Abstract Seashell Collage in Three Parts – Black and White

Black seashell collage split in three. Surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Taxon Sable. Sable has multiple meanings, but “black” is the one I’m invoking here. Actually, it’s a word I’d never heard before—my hunt for black and white descriptors is proving an interesting learning opportunity.

Probably unsurprisingly, my first step for making a black and white is just to try desaturating the color version. However, in this case that resulted in little differentiation between the elements. It wasn’t horrible, but erred on the side of murky.

The fix was lightening up the background and doing the opposite to the subject to give it some pop and bring it to life. It’s rare I can’t make a black and white version work, but it always requires quite a bit of tweaking (sometimes a lot).

The color version is called Taxon.

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

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