Before Alien Skin Snap Art and Topaz Impression, my father created a method of producing painterly photos in the style of the great impressionists.

One photographer asked for a description of how I created an impressionist image that took me a good portion of one day. His response was, "that's just too damn much work."

Perhaps, I spend more time than some photographers to obtain the result I want, but my father frequently spent two or three weeks to produce his unique images - years before Photoshop filters that would automatically generate a painterly style.
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