Archive for October, 2007

Digital Distance?

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

closeness to finished art – spin of abstract

finger paint 1

finger paint 1 – Dan Beck – digital painting / digital art – 2007

Things happen sometimes all at the same time. Discussion of the distance between artist and finished product – how digital feels different than the closeness of paint. I don’t know if this is true – but it is something an artist friend and I have been discussing in relation to different work I have done.

Suddenly – a good wrench is thrown in – a laptop gift – a trade-show prize that was generously given to me by the woman of my dreams. Damn – I sound like I am blogging.

So with the laptop comes art – no mouse – just fingers – finger painting – how fun is that? Plein air to come. So my first adventure as an original print looks better sideways.finger paint 1 - turned

At least it seems that way at the time. I am a firm believer in the emotion of the process of creating art coming through in to the finished painting.

Digital art is not nearly as physical as sculpture for instance, but it is not without emotion. Brushes come in different lengths – an artist steps in and steps back – just like a viewer might.

And paintings should work from all directions – so they say.

See Also

  • Abstract Art Gallery – examples of other abstract work at Outhouse Studios
  • Can Computers Be Creative?– sometimes a related search leads to the crux of the digital doubt – not how close to the finished product – but who is really doing it

Abstract Field

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

communicating the art itself

Field Hand - digital painting - art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Field Handdigital painting – art prints – Dan Beck 2006

Over the weekend – someone asked about Marc Chagall and I thought of this piece, but could not remember what it really looked like.

It is always interesting how memory and current perception vary. I think I like this more than I did originally. The pun is fun – but the way it is painted including the rather primitive face works today. I feel like the field might blow away – there is this dreamlike quality and world of its own which is the essence of art in many ways.

I love doing abstract work – love not having to follow any sort of guidelines but the piece itself. But I also like to engage people in a subject or a vision which I feel is worth sharing.

The field worker looking at the dirt is both what we imagine and what really happens – in my case, I got to see it – and felt like it was worth sharing – but in this way unique to me – not so deep really.

See Also

  • Chagall – hadn’t seen the spelling “Shagal”, but there is something which reminds me of the pictured work which I see in the above – synopsis is also pretty good.
  • Digital Art – multiple meanings – and art’s larger significance
  • Field Hand – current options for original prints of above digital painting

Salinas, California Arts

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

the climate of change

Two Pick 2 - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Two Pick 2digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

Yesterday was California Arts Day and also being the First Friday of every month an arts celebration here in what is a small community of Salinas.

There is nothing new about this – the two of coincided now for the third time; but this time the local newspaper – which like most – is more concerned with publishing the bad – published the good – right on. They also included an image of the above piece of digital art – which of course was a nice surprise for me.

For what it is worth – colors in print look a lot better than their website version. I have not written much about my current show in Salinas – but it has been really well received. More important to me is being a part of a changing landscape.

I believe we are in the process of becoming someplace special – our climate, landscape, and culture are coming together here – people are believing – just as I believe: in being at the right place at the right time by being where one is – and therefore supposed to be.

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