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TOPIC: Non-digital art
16th March 2014 - 0 comments
Despite spending many hours at the computer doing digital art, I keep my hand in the more immediate media of painting. Nothing can substitute for this hands-on experience with a brush or palette knife as it plays with paint. The "muse" has a very direct connection this way; spontaneity is enhanced. This picture is a detail of a 20" x 20" painting, tentatively called "Between Two Half Moons". This particular creature is quite amusing to me, as if it were a goofball alien!

POSTED: new series with Black
17th February 2014 - 0 comments
The digital art series that features black in a prominent way is now posted. I had written about this recently.
I have titled them; this however should not preclude the viewer from coming to their own interpretations. As always, my titles are not written in stone; they are only my personal tags.

TOPIC: new year
12th January 2014 - 0 comments
Who knows what this year will bring. This new digital piece may end up in a series called "Dancers". This image looks to me like a fairly confident dancer who is not afraid to test the waters. One foot is touching the moving river of the moment; another is firmly grounded; all in one figure. Not to be afraid.

TOPIC: Black is strong
22nd December 2013 - 0 comments
Art-to-come: as my Quatro series expands, I continue to create pieces in which black lines and forms are dominant. Very strong. Powerful.
Black really is beautiful.

TOPIC: tile work
15th November 2013 - 0 comments
When a pattern is detected by the brain, it easily accepts the visual input. This may be one reason why tile work is so appealing. It certainly is fun to create! This digital art piece is like tile work; a repetitive pattern that could go on and on.

TOPIC: Large perspective
12th October 2013 - 0 comments
When the world seems out of hand, I try to remember the specialness of us being here on this planet.

TOPIC: Expecting Nothing
09th September 2013 - 0 comments
I recently posted a new digital art series: Meditations. The latest addition to this series is called "Expecting Nothing". It is the cheeriest of the series, so far. What does that say? That we have the happiest time when we least expect it?

TOPIC: Photographs of art=new affordable art
11th August 2013 - 0 comments
After shooting some detail photos of my 48" x 36" Aartvarkian III painting, I am now creating new digital pieces that could be printed up to about 40". The printing industry is on board with museum quality printing of fine art, which makes the affordability and availability of art much improved. Art patrons could order small prints, or large ones. Getting my art to a printer, and then online to sell is a current project. Below is one of the detail shots of the above mentioned painting.

TOPIC: photo art
04th July 2013 - 0 comments
I am starting to play with superimposed images in PhotoShop and create some digital art. This is very much in the development stage! Lots of learning to do and lots of possibilities...these are good things, as always.
TOPIC: new painting
15th June 2013 - 0 comments
So, this is a detail of how my latest painting turned out. I titled it Aartvarkian II.
Another pictogram you could say. Another glyph, as I prefer to call it. A painted image of something both ancient and new; something that alludes to a merged world of both seen and unseen realities.
TOPIC: just the first steps
04th May 2013 - 0 comments
Starting a new painting: a sketch is the beginning. At this point, I don't even know which way is up! That's part of the beauty of art: it's the exploration, the voyage. I have no idea how this painting will turn out.


TOPIC: painting process
08th April 2013 - 0 comments
The stages of a painting, the evolution that pushes the artist to keep moving forward, the changes that pop up, the excitement of a new ending. In the photo below, the early stage of the painting on the left, the final version on the right. My gratitude to an artist friend who pushed me to create that last layer.

TOPIC: Free to re-create
15th March 2013 - 0 comments
Towards the end of 2012, I thought I had finished a painting called "Visitation #2". Only to look at it in early 2013 and realize that it was not right. It needed something more. With a certain fearlessness, I dove in, despite the risk of totally ruining it.
A detail of each of the two versions, side-by-side, is below. The re-creation is on the right. For me, the painting now rests in the realm of completion and is now called "Visitation/celebration".

TOPIC: Personal icons
10th February 2013 - 0 comments
If you had to choose one small image to represent yourself, what would you select? This icon could change with time. I have chosen the below picture, for now!

TOPIC: Take the best, leave the rest
06th January 2013 - 0 comments
In another look at a recent "mixed results" painting experiment, I chose this detail as one of the salvageable sections. It just goes to show that even if an end result is less than stellar, there can be something of worth in the effort. Something to inspire one on to the next step.

TOPIC: Let it shine
04th December 2012 - 0 comments
For the first time ever, I painted on silk. When held to the light, the colors take on a life of their own; and it is this that is so enticing. This photo is a detail of this first go-round with silk.
How to "frame" this piece is still up in the air. Am considering attaching it to some small square dowels in such a way that it can stand on its own and be placed near a light source. Displaying it up against a wall would cut off its vibrancy...and so it goes for many things!

TOPIC: learning from a failure
14th November 2012 - 0 comments
After many many hours of work on an experimental piece last month, I finally decided it was, overall, not that great. However, I played with photos of it and stumbled upon numerous detail shots that are definitely interesting; and informative as to what a "good" composition can be. This one photo here is an example of how "going to the edges" is often much more dynamic and engaging than traditional compositions.
This detail shot is one little section of the maligned painting/collage on plexiglass, with fabric attached to the back side.

TOPIC: Another Transparency
07th October 2012 - 0 comments
Another of the many ways to do transparent type paintings is to use bleach to draw on colored fabric, and then hold it to the light. The one shown here was actually done many years ago on green canvas. Working outdoors, I quickly brushed these designs using bleach as the "paint"; a reverse kind of painting, for sure. Other than the stink of bleach, it was quite fun!
The ultimate type of transparent painting is probably dyeing silk. This medium I have not used before; but that will soon change. As soon as the supplies arrive, I'm off to another art adventure.

TOPIC: Transparency
16th September 2012 - 1 comment
Lately, I have been working on some new pieces that involve holding them up to the light and letting the transparencies reveal themselves, both of the painting and the fabrics. Not the normal way to go about painting for me! These pieces are definitely works in progress and time will tell where this all goes. If I don't experiment, then I am not taking chances, and that is not good. My current experiments may fail in the end, but I believe I will learn something anyway.

TOPIC: The Next Adventure
03rd August 2012 - 0 comments
Recently, my mother passed away after living a long and full life. She was ready for this "next adventure" (in her words). Her positive attitude to death has helped me accept her passing, and welcome her step into whatever this next adventure is. She had been on the verge of dying for a number of days; and on one particular day, at dawn, I looked out my window and saw the sparkling Venus so bright in the eastern sky. I thought: Mom, this would be a beautiful morning to go. It turns out that a few hours later I got the call that she had just died. So special.