Archive for October, 2006


Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Looking at painting stages in a new light – as one piece

Horizons is one digital painting in different stages. For purposes of Day of the Dead – it is a metaphor for life and death. Each stage is a finished piece – it is complete in itself even though there might be another ending down the road.

Horizon 1The first piece – like a life cut short – is innocent, open. Though nice to look at – there is a strong feeling that more could be said. It is easy to imagine though how a soul might find it was done.

Horizon 2The second piece – is more detailed – life has more depth, texture, a cragginess – with development it is not nearly as transparent. And although there is a much vaster understanding here, this also has the nagging feeling of there being more to say – yet it also is complete.

Horizon 4The third piece – is more representative of a long life. It is developed, it has unexpected turns, a clearer sense of man’s size and a strong awareness of people left behind still working.

  • These art prints are part of a multi-cultural celebration of Día de los Muertos. Last year Bailando con la Muerte – Dancing with Death had participants from France and China.
  • This is no longer only a Mexican tradition – and with luck it is the kind of thing which helps us to recognize we are all one people.

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Seeing the Right Expression

Friday, October 27th, 2006

skills, vocabulary, perception are not artistic achievement

Rainy Halloween Harvest - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2003painting from life as in the above.

I am proud of the skills I have developed but it gives me every bit as much pleasure to capture the feeling of a scene with even less at my disposal.

It was a dreary gray and rainy Halloween morning and they were harvesting romaine right outside my window.

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A Good Art Print

Friday, October 27th, 2006

grows on you; you enjoy being inside finding surprise

Houses on the Hillside - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2005

Houses on the Hillside – digital painting / art prints – DB 2005

Just like what makes a good piece of art, what makes a good art print is really about how it is received.

I would never say beauty is in the eye of the beholder – for to me that would relegate it to relativism and nothing.

Some people love fast food over all else – I have seen someone go buy it in place of a gourmet meal – more than once I might add.

But my digression, is only to say that an art print should grow on you – it should be a place you enjoy being inside looking at and a place which continues to surprise you.

Unfortunately, one can not know for sure unless one buys a piece and lives with it. Which is one of the reasons I suppose these art prints are such a great way of buying original art – there are a number of economic options.

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  • Houses on the Hillside
    size availabiltiy and pricing for art prints for above digital painting
  • Art Quotes
    Quotes from many artists – some pertaining to beauty – others just meant for the kind of reaction one might have to art itself – I should think – a good selection here

Digital Painting Potential, Fun & Memory

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

memory alters impression – emotion requires expression

Viewing Out - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2004

Viewing Out – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2004

I remember this evening – I went out to see a small art show in a bakery in Sand City – there was said to be some "computer generated art" – it really was more akin to digital painting – one of a kind – artist does one print and saves nothing.

I don’t think that utilizes the digital potential very well, but that is neither here nor there. The work was fun – and the evening took me to a party which was also fun.

And the sky is the sky of that evening – and the view is from a hillside of a back route into the area where one can see this section into the Monterey Bay.

The representation isn’t that close to reality, but it is also a lot closer than one would think.

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A Favorite Digital Painting

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

current experiment in large art prints made by combining sheets of watercolor paper

Bold Glimpse - Digital Painting 2006 - Dan Beck

Bold GlimpseDigital Painting/ Art Prints – Dan Beck 2006

I wrote an article about this piece which I don’t think I can improve upon – it was poetic and captured the evening in words enhancing the visual front and center.

Today I bring it up for different reasons. First it remains one of my personal favorites – in some way I feel like this is uniquely me – though undoubtedly there are other pieces which are even more so.

Secondly, I have not as of yet had a reason to have this printed large. It has just become an experiment of printing half a piece on my largest capable size watercolor sheet (13 x19″) – and piecing the two together.

From what I have been able to do so far, I think it might work – gluing will be the key. And I am too sick to glue (a cold). At the very least is will be stupid – but fun. But who knows it may prove to be an economical way of printing larger pieces at Outhouse Studios proper – particularly if they are designed to be done that way.

For availability of art prints for this or any other digital paintings found exclusively on the blogsite, please email:

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  • The Virtual Couch
    pretty unrelated really – but interesting – I thought “too sick to glue” was pretty funny so I googled it – guess I am too sick to search too hard too
  • Crazy Light
    I keep thinking about this piece as one being uniquely me and also having the bold light of the above piece – the connection with the other link is not lost on me either

Last Digital Painting

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

a comfortable pleasing piece

Valley Comfort - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Valley Comfort – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

This is the last digital painting I created and it is also a particularly pleasing piece to me. Not just because I was using a mouse again – but also the subject matter make this a comfortable piece.

I like the cross angles of the fields and the way it makes my eye move. I like the different texture in each section – the furrowed dirt and the chunky first turning of the dark soil.

The green fields are velvety enough and do give justice to how these fields can feel. But I think I like the mountains the most – the trees, the texture and the transparent quality depending upon where you look – it feels like this to me.

As a new piece, if you are interested in art prints from this digital painting or just an availability – please email:

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How Being Sick Is Creative

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

Taking care of oneself also requires taking stock

Dune Moon
Another Lightness Another Lightness

Dune Moon Irrigate 4

Irrigate 4

Being one who doesn’t believe in accidents I am looking at feeling sick today – like it must be serving me in some fashion. I probably need a break from blogging, from websites, from digital painting, from art prints, etc.

I observed one day in the last couple weeks that I had some shoulder pain – from over mousing I think which though not all that bad was like a pebble in my shoe.

It was so annoying I couldn’t prioritize or solve problems the way I normally do. Well a cold – that of course is even more magnified – one is forced to take things slow – forced to look at life with some distance – and forced to put one’s health and comfort and getting well above getting things done.

Having said that – I think of how many times in my life I worked when I probably shouldn’t have – today I am not sure how I did it.

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Art Prints of the Everyday Brown

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

celebrating the plowed earth

Field2Mount - digital painting - art prints -2005 - Dan Beck

Field 2 Mount – digital painting and art prints – 2005

I actually have already written a good article about this piece. But as I was both looking at all the recently visible dirt and also my most recent painting – I was thinking about “Field 2 Mount”.

Here more than anywhere is a celebration of how cool the earth looks in its plowed formation – the remarkable height – the remarkable texture.

It is strangely inviting – despite being so brown. I don’t understand it – but I choose to honor it.

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Unconscious Look of Salinas Valley

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

back to comfort of mouse painting and familiar landscape

Valley Comfort - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Valley Comfortdigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

When I first started this piece and decided to save and title it (although unfinished), I called it “Mouse Play”. The last two digital paintings I did – I used a pen and tablet instead and found it incredibly awkward (to my surprise) – so this was both a relief and fun to use my normal painting tool.

This was not of any place in particular but is very much anywhere in the Salinas Valley. Although, I did notice yesterday a spot which I have been eyeing for quite some time which has a similar mountain terrain and field structure – half is even plowed up – so perhaps I was unconsciously referencing that spot.

The really dark earth in the center I have never tried to portray before. After discing a field – the soil is turned over into big dark chunks – looks like some kind of moon terrain. I think we see it more now because most of the soil will not be replanted right away – as agriculture is moved to warmer areas for the winter.

For art prints or availability of the above digital painting, please email: Setting up auto purchasing options for new pieces is more complicated than time will allow right now.

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  • Field 2 Mount
    very pronounced plowed fields – slightly different style – early work – some of same fascination
  • Plowed Field
    the corrugated cardboard connection – I really liked this
  • Remote Sensing Tutorial Page 19-6
    History and images of man on the moon – the moon terrain connection

Salinas Valley Feeling

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006

done in a caricature kind of style

Salinas Valley 4 - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2004

Salinas Valley 4 – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2004

Most of the work I do is of the Salinas Valley – the landscape here is infectious – and I don’t mean e coli – such things, though awful – are played up by the media. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are over 36,000 flu related deaths per year and that was in 2003 – didn’t exactly get the airplay did it?

In any event, this was the last piece I painted using the Salinas Valley name. It was intended to be large and gets significantly better when viewed bigger or of course printed bigger.

It is more of a caricature than most of my current work – but it is strongly within my own type of style. Nevertheless, I think someone familiar with this area would understand – and others might hopefully appreciate the work as its own thing.

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