Archive for September, 2007

how art digital?

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

inspiration, easily done, or disciplined

Hill Mountains - digital painting - 2003 - Dan Beck

Hill Mountains – digital art -> original prints – Dan Beck – 2003

I was surprised to find out I had only written once about this piece. For a long time, it was my favorite.

Like most people, I want and expect things to happen faster than they really do. It is rare for things to happen quickly; yet as an artist we frequently value the quicker produced pieces because of the inspiration. When something happens easily we feel like it must have been the right thing – perhaps even divine.

And usually when something happens easily and feels right, it is right. On the other hand, when we see the evidence of the time, discipline, developed technique all thrown into a work of art – we can not help but appreciate the dedication and the pursuit of a long term goal.

Digital art is confusing in this regard, because one can’t often tell the degree of time commitment, just the finished result.

See Also

  • Hill Mountains – availability of original art prints for above digital painting
  • Opening Your Intuition – Personal Power Through Awareness: A … – Google Book Search – I must say part of this links inclusion is that this pertinent section of a “book” came available as a result of a search – never seen this before.

Digital Art Pick

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

previous view of strawberry harvesting captures today

Harvest Depth - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Harvest Depthdigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

It is most difficult to keep writing while in the throws of moving – even more difficult to keep painting. It is fogged in today and the day is kind of monotone. There are plenty of workers out this morning picking berries in a day that I assume was very similar to the scene above – painted last year.

When I created this digital painting – it was a combination of commentary on the orange flags – indicating spraying had been done – and the likeness of the workers and the fields and how in sync it all seemed – beautiful and a little painful – all at the same time.

The work is peaceful, a tad monotonous, and a little uncomfortable. This digital art is successful I think at capturing the feeling of the Salinas valley – and the labor which makes our food supply available.

See Also

Developing Digital Art Control

Monday, September 10th, 2007

observing the flow

kitties - digital art - painting - Dan Beck 2003

Kitties – digital art – painting – Dan Beck 2003

Over the weekend, we held a giant yard sale in which I sold a few experimentally framed and matted pieces along with every other odd and ends thing under the sun. This particular piece was one I sold.

I have been too busy trying to move to be able to blog, but thought I could take a few minutes today – to share this piece. This digital painting was and is about pushing the limits.

I didn’t even know I could paint cats on the computer when I tackled this piece. Perspective was not as much of a concern as making the cats look cat like.

Even to this day, one of the things I actually like is that the medium is still not completely under my control. There are both happy accidents as well as a rather loose control over much of the ways I impart color and form. I can do things I couldn’t do with conventional paint and brush, but my control is not nearly as developed.

The skill is more about learning how to observe and duplicate playing with the medium. The freedom to let go and make mistakes is also the freedom to control the uncontrollable.

See Also

  • Kitties – availability of original prints for the above digital art painting
  • Slow Leadership: Getting comfortable with control – related by the notion of controlling the uncontrollable – seemed like sound advice though not so much about what I was referring – learning through observation

New? Digital Art

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

enjoying art is not a category

Shape of Something New - digital art - painting - original prints - Dan Beck 2005

Shape of Something New – digital art – painting – original prints – Dan Beck 2005

What is new and what is original art have been subjects of discussion on my site for quite some time.

If something were completely new, it would be unrecognizable – so new enough or original enough are really what it is about.

Curiously, the term digital art is one which is new in conjunction with any of the work on this site. Because the term is so broad and the associated art is generally so different from the work found here, it seemed like the wrong association.

But the images seen at Outhouse Studios were painted using a mouse, a computer, and the available views of a monitor. Each print is original – it is the intended final form of the art – but what really matters as with all art is whether the work speaks to you.

See Also

  • Shape of Something New – current purchasing options for original prints of the above digital painting
  • modern artifacts: If Art speaks to you, talk back – not certain about the degree our taste overlaps, but certainly agree with the sentiments of art appreciation and whether a work speaks to you – also whether it is something you want to live with