Archive for July, 2006

Creating the Interpreted World

Monday, July 31st, 2006

art prints from digital painting – quality and feeling

Sunlit Under Mountain - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2005

Sunlit Under Mountain – digital painting / art prints – DB 2005

There is a phenomena here when the sky is completely overcast. In the distance, the mountains frequently show signs of isolated sunlight. It almost looks like it is coming out of the mountainside itself rather than a break in the clouds.

Like many of these pieces, I question my ability to portray what is really going on. Despite this – the digital painting seen here has a quality and feeling to it that does capture this type of weather and time of day.

To me, art would not be art if it were literally trying to duplicate nature. Putting three dimensions into two or rendering a 3-D sculpture which is relatively unchanging – cannot do justice to being in the scene.

On the other hand, an artist can portray more by revealing his eyes, understanding, feeling, and interpretation.

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  • Sunlit Under Mountains
    availabiltiy of art prints for digital painting Sunlit Under Mountains
  • Art Essays
    Printmakering synopsizes essays by Tolstoy, Hegel, Wittgenstein, and Maritain
  • Esthetics – Art
    Continuing the philosophy day theme – more espousing of why

Inspiration Without Missing a Beat

Friday, July 28th, 2006

and crisscross angles of field and fog

Hoes in the Mist - Digital Painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Hoes in the MistDigital Painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

Inspiration is a fun thing sometimes. In the above painting it came in two ways and in pretty quick order.

I spied the gang of workers hoeing – the conditions were fog and mist – and I had that without missing a beat moment – “hoes in the mist” – some of the ramifications of which can be found in earlier article.

I had wanted the workers be to kind of lost in the fog as well – I could only see them for a brief moment and they frankly kind of blended in.

From a painting and composition standpoint, I really like the crisscross angles of field and fog and I guess I am ok with the alliteration too.

For art prints of the above digital painting, please email: special

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Nework 2 Remains New Work Too

Friday, July 28th, 2006

fun, play, balance, texture, overlap, sculptural digital painting and art prints

Nework 2 - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2003

Nework 2 – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2003

This was the second piece I created after acquiring a new computer and painting program with texture capability. I am pretty sure I have written about this piece from a creative standpoint – because I had no expectations while doing it – just play.

So what comes through is fun, overlapping, rather 3-dimensional, and balanced with different texture. There are no unique textures here – just stock program options – but a very nice balance between areas which have and areas which don’t.

There is no way to share an art print without your viewing and or purchasing it – but be sure, texture and color are both more intense upon printing.  And even though this was new a few years ago, looking at it today, I still find this digital painting fresh.

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Digital Painting Immediately Well Received

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

simplicity, colors, and composition combine

Sunset Startled - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2005

Sunset Startled – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2005

I was pretty happy with this digital painting when I finished. Sometimes it takes a while to appreciate the work one has done and other times it is immediate. I find the same to be true with music I’ve written.

I kept the fence simple and the green field very austere as well. But that little squashed setting sun was pretty right on – and the complexity of the horizon itself quite fascinating.

What I think mostly is that it is pleasing in its colors and in its composition – enough to make one feel good. And if I recall correctly, it was a really special evening .

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Scene, Title, Painting

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

origins and puns from new art prints

Hoes in the Mist - Digital Painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Hoes in the MistDigital Painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

Yesterday morning was one of the first days in a long time which started out cool. Now I have no right to talk about cool to the rest of the country, but that is not my point. It was misting out and as I drove upon my road I saw a crew hoeing in the mist.

The title "Hoes in the Mist" amused me enough that I had to render it in some fashion … and as it turns out not that far off from what I saw in that brief moment.

While I was in the organic produce industry, one of my favorite labels from some Santa Cruz growers was "Cows in the Mist".  When I shared an art print with my partner, she immediately went to that old "Kansas" song – All we are is "hoes in the mist".

Of course, hoes have other connotations these days and I would never want to be accused of missing an opportunity for a pun. So this is just another chance to hoe-ne my skills.

For art prints of this digital painting, for now please email:

See Also

  • Field of Hoes
    first of the hoe paintings
  • Beautiful Farms
    First of a number of photos of Route 1 Farms – keeper of the “Cows in the Mist” label

Digital Painting and Music

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Digital Painting and Music


cover of cd cover Episode 1 – Interview with Dan Beck, song writer, musician, and digital artist. Dan’s music and art can be found at

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Digital Painting Reveals Quality of Light

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

creating from what is discarded and the look of stained glass

Paste-and-So - digital painting - Dan Beck 2000

Paste-and-Sodigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2000

One of the things I really like about this medium is the quality of light I can get. Overlapping gradients of translucent color and creating the pieces on a back lit monitor contribute to the phenomena.

I have never understood how the printed images end up with that look of light from behind.

The above digital painting  has always reminded me of stained glass. Partially because it is made up of small pieces and also the light quality.

From a creative standpoint, this piece is about creating something good out of something to be discarded. My recollection is the piece was built by taking parts from a piece I didn’t care for as a whole – but did like sections. I copied and pasted and manipulated slightly to create this pleasing piece.

It is not the way I generally work, but paste-and-so what?

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Art Prints from Digital Painting: Here 2 There

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

similarities in nature are evident in interpretation

Here 2 There - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2003

Here 2 There – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2003

I like that the hills and fields look like waves. Nature does mimic itself in many ways as do people.

Whether it is us connecting the dots or the connections are already there to begin with – doesn’t really matter to me – for I find it impossible to see without making them.

In this case, creating the hills with wavelike undulations was not all that conscious – it was about trying to represent them in a new way and also take advantage of what was then a new capability – texture.

As an art print, it really catapults from what’s above – the enlargement, of course, helps to imagine how peaceful the sky looks and how inviting the valley and mountains are past the hills.

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Enhancing Perspective: Composition & Printing

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

as art prints are more revealing that digital images – so can art be to seeing

Out Field - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Out Fielddigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

This is an excellent example of how art prints can show so much more that is in a piece than simply looking at the monitor image of the digital painting.

By looking at a detail closer to its intended size (results will vary with monitor resolution*) – one can see how much is being missed at what is close to a monitor sized image.*

The content and composition is pretty much a composite of much of what I see in the fields around here.  All of these things are going on at once, but in truth there is no way to see them all from any perspective that I am familiar with here.

So I invented one – hoping to show more of the reality than one might actually be able to see.

For art prints of above digital painting, please email:

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Creativity About Other People

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

Classical Music & Web Design for Monterey Bay Symphony

Monterey Bay Symphony Concert & logo overlap

Monterey Bay Symphony – Concert and Logo Overlap

Sometimes being creative is about other people. Playing classical music is an example of that type of creativity. The music is someone else’s, but tone and interpretation lie in the hands of the musicians and conductor.

My diversion today is because I just completed a website for MBS.  They are a non-profit organization and my work was a gift because I am grateful to have an orchestra in our area that plays free concerts open to everyone.

The website is missing a couple of key informational things at this point – but the format, look, and navigation is what I brought to the table.

I am particularly pleased with using their logo for the navigation system – hopefully others will want to click it as much as it makes me want to.

Creativity being about other people applies to web design too – for it is someone else’s words, images, and intent that one is being creative about getting across.

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