Archive for November, 2006

Fall Color

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

surprising show from the color of grape vines

Autumn Grape Color - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Autumn Grape Colordigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

Fall is reserved for the East Coast – mostly New England. I say this out of complete prejudice from having witnessed the New England Fall many a time.

Now that I live in California – I do notice signs of Fall – some changing leaves from deciduous trees – but I was shocked last week to notice fields and fields of color from the dying grape vine leaves.

A spectacular show – that I hope I have put enough of my own spin on…

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  • Fall
    Photos of Fall in New England – a sense of what it is like
  • Foot Hill Views
    a different piece this reminds me of
  • Autumn Grape Color – art print options and availability for the above digital painting

An Abstract Painting Flowing with Change

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

freedom and adaptation

First Big - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2003

First Bigdigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2003

I have resisted featuring this digital painting for a couple of reasons. First, I never felt it was that strong of a work – even though I like it enough to have framed it and enough to have it as part of the Abstract Art Gallery.

But more importantly – since its placement on the web, it has received too many hits for people looking for something quite different than what I am offering.  Oh well … and "gay" was an excellent word for happy for many years – such usage is tricky at best these days.

This piece is about change and rolling with it – a good reminder for me these days. The piece was as large a template as I could create with the program I paint with – thus the title. The first marks were done with black and opaque color – the default settings of the program –

but I chose to go with it – not caring that it was not the way I normally worked … and I think it is that kind of flowing freedom that I love about this work.

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Casting Its Own Light

Monday, November 20th, 2006

portraying strange light in its own way

Another Lightness - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2004

Another Lightness – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2004

There are times when the mountains seem otherworldly – particularly I have been fascinated by the light that emerges on the mountains seemingly right under the overcast.

It is about perspective and distance – that creates the illusion – but than again – seeing is about seeing – not about what is scientifically there.  And in this case, it is also about an impression.

This piece captures the strangeness of light and abstractly portrays a phenomena that would be less real done a different way.

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    “light obliterating every shades” according to Google – nice photos and very slick the way they are displayed – quite fun
  • strange light pictures
    spirit in the lens – truth is not the issue for me – but the strange light irresistable
  • Another Lightness
    gallery page – enlarge/details – art print options

Revisiting a Digital Painting

Friday, November 17th, 2006

successful does not mean wanting to live with

Cloud Cover - Digital Painting 2006 - Dan Beck

EnlargeCloud Cover – Digital Painting 2006- Dan Beck

I keep trying to look at the positives in having to move my website. On the blog alone, there is a year’s worth of links to my site – including images – which don’t usually link – because every image and page is case specific with my new web-host’s server.

So one of the bright sides is getting to revisit pieces when I get the link working. The above digital painting is such a piece.

Interesting when I wrote about this piece before, I commented on how non-real so much of it was even though it captured the feeling of the scene.

Today I think how real it is – how successful it was – and yet still probably not a piece that too many would want to live with … I mean who really wants to have a rainy day on their wall – unless perhaps one lives in the arid desert.

For any desert folks looking for art prints of above digital painting, please email:

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Dirt Again

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

composition and details translate best printed large

Beyond the Ivy Fence - digital painting / art prints - DB 2005

Beyond the Ivy Fence – digital painting / art prints – DB 2005

The fields across the road are dirt again – it is that time of year. This piece was done earlier in the year than now – but as I was looking across the road, I was thinking about this.

Small and on the surface kind of boring – but then again not – the dirt and diamond an accurate portrayal – the ivy articulation a lot of fun.

As with a lot of the pieces in the Impressionist Art Gallery at Outhouse Studios – they were designed and intended to be printed large – they come alive when they are viewed that way – and frankly are just not done justice small.

Perhaps that is a weakness in composition or perhaps it is perfectly ok to not be all things, all sizes.

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Composition of the Bend

Monday, November 13th, 2006

creatively interpret events, views, and life

Irrigation Bend - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2005

Irrigation Bend – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2005

Being creative is not just about creating things.

In many cases, it is about creating meaning – or finding meaning – not exactly the same things – but either way about creatively interpreting the world.

Today this piece came up partly by clicking the roulette button(chance?) and partly by my being in the figures gallery. It was also displayed a year ago with the piece I wrote about earlier today.

I was surprised to see I had not written about this. It is a strong piece – it also was the first time I had really observed workers wet adjusting the irrigation spray.

Another important connection to this piece is the the last digital painting I did was called “Irrigation Man” and utilizes the same theme but in a more iconic fashion.

Nevertheless, I think it is the first time since the above piece I have painted anything resembling this theme.

The hills, the bend in the road, the stripes of color and texture, and the sky all conspire to make this a really wonderful piece – also much more enhanced when viewed large.

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River Run 1 Best Viewed Large

Monday, November 13th, 2006

monitor can’t take the place of framed artwork

River Run ! - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2005

River Run 1 – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2005

As with many pieces I like, I have already written about this digital painting. It probably comes up in my psyche because I was at the Gallery at the Blackstone Winery over the weekend – and this piece had hung there in a group show last fall – with a wall to its own – it looked really spectacular and made me proud to have done the piece.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to convey that kind of feeling over the internet. This piece does look good small – but it really comes alive large – and of course there is nothing quite like the simplicity of having a simple framed piece on a light colored neutral gallery wall.

This is much the way the Salinas River feels like in places – but the mountains are never quite so close – major liberties were taken – and I don’t even know why – but I do like the piece.

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Two Part Prints

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

a new approach to creating size

Irrigation Man - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Irrigation Mandigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

It is probably wrong to write about art prints without having actually printed a piece, but it is actually printing as I write… well half of the piece is printing while I write.

By design, this is a two part print – two sheets of Japanese watercolor paper 13 x 19 inches – together yielding an image 19 x 26 inches – with a subtle seam – that at least on my first attempt at this – looked pretty cool.

I am realizing that this is much larger than one can see on the screen and I should at the least create a detail so there is a better sense of size… when I get the printing under control.

What I anticipate is lush, textural – large enough to practically feel the spray and imagine oneself in this world.

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Twilight Glow Speaks in its Own Way

Friday, November 10th, 2006

art can be about communicating in different ways

Twilight Glow - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck -2005

Twilight Glow – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck – 2005

Having already written about this piece and the printing challenges it held, it still struck me as one to write about today.

I printed this piece so many times, I actually burnt out on it – but today I like it – as I have for quite a while.

The balance is different – I guess because the show takes place in the upper third and gets cooler as one looks down – but it is balanced – it is fun (like the fourth of July) even on too dark of a windows monitor.

I am particularly partial to being able to portray something without being all that close in one’s representation – perhaps in the way a single line can denote so much.

Art can say so much in its own different way.

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  • Twilight Glow
    gallery page – enlargement/details -art print options for above digital painting
  • Charles Baudelaire
    Simple drawing by Matisse – but Baudelaire an example of art and life

Plopped Figures On Undulating Field

Friday, November 10th, 2006

creating interpretation – where like and dislike converge

Field of Hoes - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2005

Field of Hoes – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2005

‘Promoting the creative world’ is about promoting all things creative. Sometimes being creative is about looking at old things in a different way.

Not all of creativity is about creating brand new – actually it never is – no one truly recreates the wheel – anymore than one creates in a vacuum.

What I find fascinating about the above piece today is that the very thing I like the least about the above piece is also what I seem to like the most … today.

The figures were created in another painting space then re-sized if necessary and plopped in – and to my eye they have always looked plopped in – who knows why but today I like that.

The undulating fields I have always enjoyed.

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