Oil Refinery Work in Progress

I’ve been working on this image for some time now and will still have a great number of hours to completion.  It’s a mirror image flipped vertically and  will end up around 48″ across and 24+ high.  We are hoping to make it a piece of wall art at our “Ironworks Cabin” in the near future.  Next week we are going to Pomona Car Swap meet and will be looking or some type of automotive window framing from an old front or back window that will size right to become the framing for the picture.

The original is a daytime image that has been turned to sepia using Photoshop plus altered in many different ways as well.  I’m cleaning up the images borders from the night sky which started out as daylight plus am turning on lights throughout the image.  This is plenty of time-consuming minutia work that I hope is worth the effort in the end.


How is wish that I could just do photography all the time and not do real work to earn a wage. I’ve several candle burning for future posts on the blog right now:

Several more catamaran Cruise in Caribbean days
Renaissance Festival from the Phoenix AZ area
Making and cooking homemade egg-noodles with Chicken
Osaka Grill Review
Rockabilly Reunion from Lake Havasue
….and much more.

I wish for more time to do the things I love! So in the meantime, I’ll show this work in progress and look forward to your comments.


  1. Saw this on the Visual Venturing ABFriday forum this morning. A really interesting and creative project. I take it you have found the rear window for the frame? What a great idea. I can imagine this will be really impressive as a large print.

    1. Thanks, Robin. The vintage rear window frame has been found and Gus had to do a lot of work to it so that it actually became a picture frame. It measures about 24″ x 48″ and is already hanging in its final resting place as a constant reminder for me to finish the picture.

    1. Hi Stacy, I decided to go ahead and put the post on my site too since it really was already written. I’ve included a link back to you as well. Thanks for including me in Week 6. I’ve something ready for you for Week 7 and will send it off soon.

  2. I like it – it looks complex and intricate, an unknown world – almost scary – yet provides the freedoms we take for granted. An intricate maze of wonderful engineering and the heart of modern society.

    I’m probably reading way too much into it, but that’s what I see. An amazing gift wrapped up in a formidable tangle of pipes.


    1. Thanks for your feedback and your creative insight into the image. You’re right… its a little off the wall with it’s stormy background and maze of metal. It’s actually from a photograph taken with my iPhone of a real oil refinery in Houston area. I had to duplicate flip the image to make it as wide as it is. Then have had fun re-colorizing it from a daylight to what it is now. It’s going to hang in our “Ironworks Cabin” when done. The cabin has a lot of heavy iron pieces that’s why we call it Ironworks.

      1. I do enjoy this sort of artwork because it draws a person in to think and ponder on the intricacies. I love dark skies, too. 🙂

        Your ironworks cabin sounds interesting, as well. Cheers! 🙂

  3. Hello. Hope this works this time.

    1. Hi Patti. Just letting you know I got your comment. It works.

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