Archive for December, 2005

Refining Impression | Defining Forms

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Creating Feeling, Beauty, Appeal – Artistic License

Desert 1 - Route 66 - 2nd stopping point - unfinished

Desert 1- Route 66 (Second stopping point, unfinished)

In the first phase of this painting, the general composition, colors, shapes, and space have been defined.

If one compares, one can see that there is now a lot more definition in the mountains, the desert floor, and the mesa. Texture, color, suggestions of vegetation now make this a much richer production.

There are always two things I try to balance when I am creating this type of artwork. Since it is intended to capture a specific time, place and feeling – the feeling is paramount – meaning, as I am painting, I am trying to assess whether my additions add to the feeling I am trying to communicate or are taking the piece further away.

The second thing to balance is that  I want a piece to be aesthetically pleasing and interesting to the eye. This might mean adjusting colors, tweaking the composition for a better eye flow, and even adding colors or objects not there to make a piece more enjoyable.

The rules are one’s own making here and just about everyone has heard of artistic license. My rule is about furthering feeling and making a piece be more appealing and beautiful.

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Painting an Impression, Painting the Desert

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Different Perspectives Add to Completing Work of Art

Desert 1- Route 66 (In progress)

Desert 1- Route 66 – digital painting in Progress

This is a three part series showing the development of a piece. This is where I stopped after the first sitting. How long a piece takes varies, but in this case it was two clear sessions and one small session to finish – I am guessing 5 or 6 hours to the completed piece.

Although I like sometimes creating a piece in one sitting, I also find it particularly valuable to come at a piece from different perspectives – i.e. different times, different days, different attitude, different ways of looking.

I think the test of time and perspective can make something that much stronger. I believe it is akin to having different people appreciate the same piece. In a sense, we are different at different times and places and the piece must satisfy those different selves.

As far as the piece itself, it is about capturing a mood, a vastness, and a specific time. Standby to see how it develops.

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New Art

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

Creating from Impression, Communicating a Feeling

New Art - Tehachapi - Digital Painting - Dan Beck - 2005

Tehachapi – Dan Beck -Digital Painting 2005 
Art Prints available by request only.

Over Thanksgiving, I had the wonderful opportuntity of driving from Salinas, CA to Phoenix, AZ and back. It was wonderful in that we were able to take a lot of old route 66 and see some incredible sights – so many in fact, that retaining them was next to impossible.

I like cameras and photography, but I prefer to not put the camera’s view in between what I see and what I create. It is just my way. 

The scene above, was the last truly compelling thing I witnessed (although not route 66)- coming down Tehachapi mountain with the sun setting and the vast view and some other world zigzag hill mountains that I couldn’t quite encode properly.

I have no photos of my own – and so far haven’t found the right area on the net, but that is not what this is about.

I am interested in communicating a feeling – a feeling of vastness, beauty, awe, color, and maybe my own smallness.

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