AI Generated Art: Computer Paints Still Life Flowers

AI Generated Art: Computer Paints Still Life Flowers

In another post I write about my experience using Deep Dream Generator. In this post I end up moving away from Deep Dream Generator. This time I’m using Night Cafe Studio, another free online tool (with paid options).

At the bottom of this post you’ll find more still life flower paintings by various 20th century artists, in case you’d like to have a play around with AI generated art yourself.

POPPIES IN A TALL WHITE VASE CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH STYLE

I start these experiments with a free stock photo.

Photo by Larisa Birta on Unsplash

Next I find a traditional work of art which looks kind of similar.

White Tulips by Charles Rennie Mackintosh c. 1915-23

Then I smoosh them together by running AI.

The image was generated using Deep Dream Generator. As you can see, Deep Dream leaves artifacts in the negative spaces. (Of course, these can be cleaned up later in photo software or digital art software.)

Here’s another painting by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. I’m using a different AI art generator this time. This AI art generator is called Night Cafe Studio. It deals with blank spaces (e.g. walls) differently.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868 – 1928) Anemones, 1916

FLOWERS PAUL GAUGUIN STYLE

Paul Gauguin, Sunflowers and mangoes, 1901
The result

DAISIES FLOATING IN A GLASS OF WATE RHELEN SCHJERFBECK STYLE

Now, because Deep Dream Generator doesn’t do so well with mostly white base images such as this one (in fact, it does terribly), I’m using a different AI art generator on this largely white photo. This AI art generator is called Night Cafe Studio. It does a much better job on the whites.

Helene Schjerfbeck (Finnish painter) 1862-1946 Still Life With Flowers 1944
Helene Schjerfbeck (Finnish painter) 1862-1946 Still Life With Flowers 1944
Daisies In Glass Helene Schjerfbeck style

WILLIAM GILLIES STYLE

‘Still life with an Ochre Vase’ William Gillies

EVA GONZALES

I’d like to see what Night Cafe generator does with glass. I also want to know what it does if I use a still life photograph without any flowers in it.

Here’s some glass. This ugly black background is designed to be removed. But I’m leaving it for Night Cafe to deal with. Notice: no flowers. Lots and lots of glass.

Glass Bottles With Black Background
Roses in a Glass by Eva Gonzales early 1880s

Wow, that’s not too bad. It’s made a great, painterly job of the glass. Unfortunately it’s taken the flowers from the style painting and tried to incorporate them into the background, which I don’t want.

Glass Bottles Eva Gonzales glass bottles, styled using Night Cafe.

However, the clone tool in Affinity Photo takes care of that. There’s enough background to work with. I also duplicate the layer and set the top layer to soft blend mode for more of a pop.

Glass Bottles Eva Gonzales style glass bottles, modified by hand

WINIFRED NICHOLSON

Night Cafe pop up tips suggest picking style images which have a similar ‘colour’ (do they mean hue or tone?) to the base images. Still, I’d like to know what a light coloured painting like this will do to a photo with a matte black background.

Coffee Set On Table
Winifred Nicholson (British, 1893-1981) Spring

There’s no black remaining in the photo, but we’ve got some dark artifacts which feel too obtrusive for the composition.

Coffee Set Winifred Nicholson style
Coffee Set Winifred Nicholson style, altered by hand in Affinity Photo
Winifred Nicholson (British, 1893-1981) Polyanthus and Cyneraria, 1921

Now another one. A glass of tulips.

Tulips In A Glass Pitcher stock photography
Tulips In A Glass Pitcher Winifred Nicholson style

LEON DE SMET STYLE

What’s it going to do with those white folds in the background?

Leon De Smet (Belgium, 1881-1966) Still Life with Flowers and Shells

A SINGLE ROSE IN LOUIS VALTAT STYLE

The single rose from free stock photography site Unsplash
Louis Valtat (1869-1952) Still Life with Flowers
The result using Night Cafe AI Art Generator
Louis Valtat (French painter) 1869-1952 ‘Bouquet of anemones and a blue vase’, 1949

CHARLES KVAPIL STYLE

Charles Kvapil, 1884 Varnsdorf (Czechoslovakia) – 1958 Paris, Flowers 1938

FLOWERS IN BAG ODILION REDON STYLE

Odilon Redon (1840-1916) Still Life

The AI generator doesn’t realise the paper bag is supposed to stay brown. This one’s lost a little too much definition. The leaf and the pot and the table surface are very similar in the style painting, which explains why.

Odilon Redon. Japanese Warrior Vase. 1905
Odilon Redon (French painter) 1840-1916 Vase of Flowers 1905

ANNE ESTELLE RICE

Top Down View Of Roses In Brown Bottle
The Bouquet (n.d.) – Anne Estelle Rice
Top Down Roses Anne Estelle Rice Style

NICOLAI IVANOVICH FECHIN

Another big black empty background…

Nicolai Ivanovich Fechin (1881-1955) Canna Lilies
Jugs and Tangerines Nicolai Evanovich style

ANNE ESTELLE RICE

I’m liking how Night Cafe handles the transparency of glass.

Anne Estelle Rice (1877-1959, American) Still life with jug of mixed flowers

I also really like how the generator has layered that green shadow onto the white vase.

Fruit and Flowers Anne Estelle Rice style

HELEN FLETCHER

Helen Fletcher (1877-1974) The Old Hall Garden Pansies, circa,1940

PAUL DE LONGPRE

Paul de Longpre (1855–1911) Aquarelle Still Life, French American

MARY HIESTER REID

Mary Hiester Reid (1854-1921) Still Life With Roses In A Glass

MARGARET PRESTON

Margaret Preston (1875-1963) Still Life

AUGUST HERBIN

The Three Vases 1904 Auguste Herbin (French, 1882-1960)

FELIX VALLOTTON

Felix Vallotton (Flowers With A Yellow Book)
Felix Vallotton (Yellow Flowers With A Pincushion)
Felix Vallotton Yellow Daisies and Various Flowers 1911

MARIAN CHASE

Marian Emma Chase (1844 – 1905) An autumnal still-life, 1890. Pencil and Watercolour with Gum Arabic Heightened with Bodycolour

ANNE COTTERILL

LEV TCHISTOVSKY

Lev Tchistovsky (1902-1969)

LOUIS ANQUENTIN

Louis Anquetin (1861-1932) Vase with Flowers 1890

MATTHEW SMITH

Matthew Smith (1879-1959, English post-impressionist painter) Lilies, 1914

SERGIUS PAUSER

Sergius Pauser (1896-1970, Austrian) Still Life

HERBERT DAVIS RICHTER

Herbert Davis Richter (1874-1955) Still Life With Tribute To China

CARL STRATHMANN

Carl Strathmann (German, 1866-1939) Sunflowers 1916

PETE MONDRIAN

Pete Mondrian (1872-1944) Flowers, 1909

HENRI MATISSE

Henri Matisse, 1869 – 1954 Dead Nature No. 8
Bouquet of flowers in chocolate, Henri Matisse, 1902

OLLE HJORTZBERG

Olle Hjortzberg. Still Life with Yellow Roses and Chinese Porcelain, 1949

LAURA COOMBS HILLS

Laura Coombs Hills (1859–1952, American)

VINCENT VAN GOGH

Vincent van Gogh Vase with red poppy, 1886

EDOUARD VUILLARD

Edouard Vuillard. Fuchsias and French Marigolds, 1903

VLADIMIR TOKAREV

Vladimir Tokarev (1918-1988)

KOKEI KOBAYASHI

Kokei Kobayashi (Japanese artist) 1883-1957 Irises (detail) 1952

JAAP WEIJAND

Jaap Weijand (Dutch painter) 1886-1960 Still Life With Red Flowers, 1913

WLODZIMIERZ TERLIKOWSKI

Wlodzimierz Terlikowski (Polish-French painter) 1873-1951 Floral still life, 1937

ARTIST UNKNOWN

WOMAN’S WORLD Magazine May 1935
Better Homes Gardens Jan 1928 Vol 6 No 5 Magazine