Archive for December, 2006

Colors of Winter

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

capturing the blues and browns – the hurdles of painting after a break

Winter Colors - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Winter Colorsdigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

This is my first painting in quite some time – a few weeks anyway. It is fascinating how the urge to create works.

On the one hand, one feels a kind of craving than is difficult to describe – but then for lack of practice – it feels enormous just to get started.

Deciding what to paint or what size – all these things seem big. Being creative like most things is about striking a balance – being relaxed enough to not care about mistakes – but still be able to create with the importance a piece deserves.

To create this digital painting, I drew from things I have been seeing over the last few weeks.  Today, it is not the piece I thought it was yesterday – but it has captured the blues and browns of winter in the Salinas Valley.

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Comfortable Digital Painting

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Pleasing colors, warmth, texture and angles capture the Salinas Valley feeling

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

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

This is a well named piece on many levels. But as time has gone on, I find the comfort in the painting itself.

I didn’t invent these colors, but I sure find them pleasing together. The V of field and mountain is also nothing new – it is visible in nature as well as in other landscapes.

There is a warmth to the soil, fields and trees which hopefully makes one want to linger here. I really enjoy the Salinas Valley landscape and I suspect that that is the feeling which is coming through so strongly.

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  • Valley Comfort
    art print options for above digital painting
  • Salinas Valley
    simply an image – looks like Spreckels – but similar to rendering above
  • Longfield
    earlier work and landscape with strong angular feel

Sky’s in Disguise

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

maintaining feeling of dramatic sky

DeSkies - Digital Painting - Dan Beck 2006

Enlarge DeSkies – Digital Painting / Art Prints – 2006

I am feeling a little hidden – winter hibernation perhaps – working too hard on what seems a futile website reconstruction – and thought – this piece with a pun on disguise kind of fits the bill.

It also looks a bit like my hair these days, not that anyone should care. But what I like about this piece more than the word play was that I was able to take a dramatic sky – portray it dramatically – portray it abstractly – but portray it much as I experienced it.

The painting was a success from the standpoint of problem solving – from the standpoint of wanting to live with – I can’t speak for anyone other than myself.

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Overcast Digital Painting

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

the color of rain

Hill Mountain Fog

Hill Mountain Fogdigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2005

Gray – drizzly – overcast day here in Salinas. The clouds have been sensational – the fog looking like a beard around the mountains.

But since I haven’t been painting for the last week or so, I have to sit on my laurels. This was the first piece that came to mind.

As an artist, I am very pleased with this digital painting.  I was able to do everything  I set out to do. The piece feels like the overcast area. It looks more like Spring than the way things look now, but nevertheless it carries the color of rain.

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Digital Fun, Digital Alterations

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

creative process, making things one own

do you want to be notified? image

New notifications image

Well … this is not an example of fine art – rather a quick piece of play to replace a stock image for the Outhouse Studios shopping cart.

I am sure whoever created them meant well – they aren’t all bad – in fact, I left a couple a bit enlarged – and altered a few others.

Like most creative folks, I don’t like to just leave things alone. I like to make adjustments, I like to leave my mark, I like the process of getting something to look and feel right.

The above digital piece was fun … and that of course is a big part of being creative and why it is such a big thing.

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Art Prints Now

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

availability for purchase timeline will soon be current

simulation of matted and framed

Works from Art Prints starting at $95

From the digital paintings done between 2004 and the end of 2005 – these are definately some of my favorites.

The work done in the last year is visible throughout the blogsite – articles and enlargements can be found by digital image. They are a few weeks away from being set up with purchasing options, but it will happen.

My hope is to be able to offer prints for purchase at the same time of introducing a digital painting online or shortly afterwards.

If you like the work, but haven’t found the piece of your dreams – stay tuned.

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Improvising Art

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Creativity, Problem Solving, and Planting the Creative Seed

trying to be new?

digital play – trying to portray "What’s new?"

I read an article today about prisoners who in their need for creativity and having no art supplies used coffee, fruit, chocolate etc to impart color – in some cases using their own hair to create a brush.

I have always felt that necessity is a great part of the creative process – improvising, making do, finding another way. Creativity is about problem solving.

For most of us, we have to create some of our own limits to emulate this kind of creativity.  On the other hand – without any exposure like many growing up these days – there aren’t enough crayons for kids to even plant the creative seed.

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Color Before Storm

Friday, December 8th, 2006

revisiting texture and feeling of abstract rendition of hills

The Hills You Say - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck

The Hills You Say – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck

I came across this piece today while making it available again for purchase – I suppose a strange benefit of having to redo the entire shopping cart and database of close to a thousand items.

I liked this piece at the time despite not feeling like it was one of my best – but today I am really taken by the color and texture.

I love the bright orange – I love the way the hills feel like they themselves are being blown in the wind. It reminds me of the color and light right before a storm

something I am seeing today.

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  • Scene before a Storm
    Landscape photos – next shot looks like earlier before storm and maybe closer to what I am thinking
  • Before the Storm
    A number of nice paintings here – by Maria Bertran – don’t know the artist but like what I saw
  • The Hills You Say
    purchasing options for this limited edition print

Creative Control

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

implementing one’s style – being open to what’s not

Forgotten Password Image

Quick digital image – for Forgotten Password

Being creative is both about being controlling and being accepting. It is an interesting mix. For there are many times when accepting the seemingly accidental is the best move.

The creative person by necessity makes his mark on the world by communicating his or her perspective.

In the process of rebuilding the shopping cart database for my website, I have felt the obligation not just to get it working but also to make the stock images be unique.

There are things I need to let be – because of time considerations – but I find myself changing most everything – even if it is quickly.

I just can’t help it – who wants to be the same?

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