Arbor Pavitae

The third artwork in this series, inspired by the landscapes of 18th Century artist, Asher Brown Durand (1796 – 1886). The final video artwork (below) consists of a combination of a traditional oil painting and an A.I. generated animated sequence – creating a link between past and contemporary representations of nature. This work also features sound generated on an A.I. platform in response to an image of my painting.

Andrea du Plessis, “Arbor Pavitae”, (2020). Video Artwork
Andrea du Plessis, A.I. generated image, (2020).

Andrea du Plessis, Animation of A.I. generated images, (2020).

Andrea du Plessis, “Arbor Pavitae”, (2020). Oil on canvas. 53cm x 63cm (framed size).

“Arbor Pavitae” as an Augmented Reality experience

A.R. interactivity was made possible with the use of the Artivive app which is available for download for free on both Apple and Android. Simply open the app, point the smart device at the painting (or an image of the painting on screen) and allow a few seconds for recognition. Requires internet connection.

The process

A short description of the making process:

  • A digital collage is made of several 19th Century paintings, combining them into a new composition. This is used as reference for my painting.
  • An oil painting is done, using traditional painting techniques such as glazing.
  • The finished painting is photographed digitally and separated into layers in Photoshop in preparation for animation.
  • Images are generated on an open-source A.I. platform, called Artbreeder. The frames were downloaded for frame by frame animation. I then sequenced these frames into a continuously looping animation of hybrid forms morphing into one another.
  • Storyboard
  • The layered painting and A.I. sequence was then combined together in After Effects in a final animated scene.
  • Sound was compiled in Reaper & Premiere Pro using a combination of samples, my own recordings, and sound clips generated on an A.I. platform ( in response to an image of my painting.

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