Archive for December, 2007

Pointing the Finger at Myself

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Creating Changes Rules

Self Portrait - digital art - finger painting - Dan Beck 2007

Self Portrait – digital art – finger painting – Dan Beck November 2007

I have not been writing much – rather formulating some next moves – next art – next music projects. Too much of the blogging time, we write just to write – to bring attention to our work or simply share into cyberspace.

Whether I am able or not – my hope from here is to write when it is right – when I have something new to share.

My previous self-portrait done earlier this year was done the way I do most of my work – from my head with some tweaking from visual inspection (when available).

This self portrait – also an exercise – of how well can I paint with my fingers? utilized the camera of my new laptop.

I don’t really like the idea of painting from a photo – seems a step removed to me – but I couldn’t resist the technology. And although it is a perfectly acceptable practice in digital art to paint and alter a photograph – that is not the tact I took here – just used it as a model.

See Also

  • Art Not to be Sold – recent artwork, work for other purposes, and work I am undecided on how I want to sell or am simply saving for local purchase only – a guide to blog articles
  • Creating Changes Rules – whether the verb is “Changes” or “Rules” – I am not the only one who has noticed

Painting On

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

continuation of sketch requires deliberation

On Site 1 Plus - digital art - digital painting - Dan Beck 2007

On Site 1 Plusdigital art – digital painting – Dan Beck 2007

I believe this is the last finished painting – it is a continuation from an on site work which I did a couple of weeks ago. I had seen so much more than I had had time to put into the original 40 minute sketch.

Having said that, I am not sure if this is a method I want to continue or not. There is something quite pure about the original painting – the continuation – with developed texture and depth is certainly more thorough; but I am not sure it adds anything essential to the original fresh sketch.

I handled the paint in a way reminiscent of Bold Glimpse because I have been looking at the piece a great deal and feeling like I had something special there.

Though I do like the finished work above – perhaps it is because I was taking too many directions here – following an on site feeling, developing, and perhaps mimicking while trying to remain fresh and bold at same time.

See Also

  • Bold Glimpse – availability of original prints for piece the bold painting style was inspired by
  • Digital Art – discussion of the varied possibilities this art form takes
  • Wu Guanzhong 吴冠中 (b. 1919) – found this gentleman’s work through an image search – its original simplicity appeals to me plus born the year of my mother

Steinbeck Art

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

View of Salinas – part of Steinbeck Exhibit

Compressed View - digital painting for art prints

Compressed View – pigment print from Digital Painting – Dan Beck 2006

In conjunction with the National Steinbeck Center and Artistas Unidos – Artist United, I am showing this work at a pretty optimum sized art print (30 x 20 inch image).

This blog announcement comes the day of the opening; but the work will stay up until February. I chose this pigment print because of the intimate size of the gallery and for what I thought would blend well with the other artists in the exhibit – Faces and Places: Salinas.

This is also a good work for being representative of Steinbeck Country – it captures the feeling of the land but by utilizing the language of digital painting and enough of the traditions of art to have been selected by the Monterey County Arts Commission for the 2007 calendar.

People in the area have seen this piece – but many, if not most, have not seen it at its proper size – and the Steinbeck setting certainly can’t hurt.

In some ways, I would have preferred to show a work which shows more of the human condition, that Steinbeck so beautifully wrote about – but there will be another time I hope.

See Also

  • Compressed View – original print options for above digital art – exhibit piece is framed slightly different – special orders are possible
  • Harvest Depth – original print options for work with more of a people aspect of Steinbeck country
  • Artistas Unidos – Artist United – grass roots organization partnering artists with local businesses with a goal of bringing all cultures together through the arts