Archive for January, 2008

Part Art / Part Print

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

All Play

Play Print 1 with Dog - digital art painting - Dan Beck 2008

Play Print 1 with Dogdigital art painting – Dan Beck 2008

This is a very recent piece of digital art – playing around with a new template – hoping to introduce a new option for sharing art – more interested in the template size and corresponding original prints than the actual painting.

As a result, I have approached this work as the title suggests – from the point of play. Despite the play – and the landscape painted with abandon – it wreaked of a particular area I had been taking my dog, Bogart, to get some exercise.

Though he probably should have been scampering around the hillside – I ended up putting him in the corner pushing my brand or symbol around – kind of indicative of our relationship I guess – teaching him that I am in charge yet him pushing and resisting most of the way.

some sort of weird karma – reminds me of myself when I was adolescent… and sometimes still am

See Also

  • Digital Art – ambiguities, distinctions, and open ended meaning of digital art
  • Sharing Art – search result finds blog – nice image – traced from a photo – not at all like my work – but creativity needs to be encouraged
  • Tour of Youth Arts Collective – art fosters problem solving and thinking outside the box – I have seen the yaksters work and I it points more towards the kind of world we need …

Path Not Seen

Monday, January 21st, 2008

new format brings on different vision

2 Much 2 Control - digital art (painting) - Dan Beck 2008

digital art (painting) 2 Much 2 Control – Dan Beck 2008

I have started work on a new project – which has lead to a new sized template and as a result a more fluid and playful way of creating. Not totally sure where the idea came from – but that is the nature of ideas – if one lets the mind wander and don’t rule things out before you even think about them – you find something even better as you progress.

On the path, one is always trying to take things to the next level – always striving for a new twist. My desire for a new template was one thing – but the resulting play and at least the look of this piece is a bit different and a nice side benefit.

The tree concept is just about as old as I am – one of the first things I ever committed successfully to paper – I find myself painting often when I am playing – and taking walks to give my dog the running exercise he needs has made me notice some incredible trees.

The solidness of the foreground tree – is about how we focus our attention – but also something that worked most successfully in a recently shown piece. The title is both about attitude towards world these days and the nature of trying to paint on an old computer with a template that is a bit too big for its memory. I used two different computers to create this piece because the old one – just couldn’t compute.

See Also

  • Digital Art – just proving that the multiple meanings of language are also a bit too much to control
  • Frozen PB&J – not particularly related – but part of that creating solutions to problems which don’t really exist – and a fun result for “just couldn’t compute”

Wait and tree

Monday, January 14th, 2008

art and project remain remote

Remote Tree - digital art painting - Dan Beck 2008

Remote Treedigital art painting – Dan Beck 2008

I am working on a new project which I am not quite ready to reveal – but should be coming along rather quickly. Until I get the pieces in place, I am keeping a bit of a lid on it.

Like a lot of the art I do – I like that moment of unveiling – that moment when the image becomes printed – that tad bit of out of control and luck which can be better or worse, but is mostly better than one anticipates.

This is one of the first images from a new template which I am most excited about – size wise. This image was about a specific tree – a place – a feeling – more than an actual – but also about fitting the new project. I believe I have improved upon the template since and it will prove to be an invaluable size – opening up many new doors for a larger range in the size of art prints.

In any event, this digital painting was fun enough to warrant sharing – and so I am.

See Also

  • Treework – first tree image with digital medium – still strong – but certainly not as developed with the medium. Innocence is worth noting
  • Moment of Unveiling – a strange link to be sure – but google keeps getting more interesting in its results – part of a book by Nietzsche – one of my favorite (though unfortunately misunderstood) philosophers
  • Opening New Doors – not so related but an interesting read and another link between art and life

Open and Shutter

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

digital digits

Photo from laptop webcam

On Halloween, I thought for a costume, I would shave and pull my hair back – was planning on putting on a suit too – not my normal look – if there is such a thing. In any event, it is getting to be time to put the beard back – not into the daily shaving routine and my partner likes the less scratchy beard.

So the above is a laptop snapshot – I used it for a model for the finger-painted digital art below

self portrait thumbnailThis digital painting – not the way I normally work, was painted using a photo model. Digital art like digital painting could mean a lot of different things. My work starts from a blank page but the field is wide open – it is new and wide reaching in possibilities.

I know many people who might have taken the photo and altered and painted on it in photoshop and quite likely come up with something quite cool. I am in favor of all creativity – but I simply used the image as a model to challenge my abilities to render an image using my fingers as a mouse to paint with – a new challenge for me – and I think a pretty good likeness. But of course I’ve seen myself.

See Also

  • Figures Art Gallery – last years innovative gallery – figures
  • Digital Finger Painting – article I was emailed today – not at all what I mean by the term – but these are new terms, new technology, and everyone has to coin his own terms at this point

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Mock Hats Make Great Fun

First Night Sketch - digital sketch - laptop finger painting -12/31/2007 - Dan Beck First Night Monterey

First Night Sketch – digital sketch – laptop finger painting
12/31/2007 – First Night Monterey – Dan Beck

Last night,

Last Year,

– a small group from Salinas made a showing of some of our art and culture at First Night Monterey – the giant hats you see – were made from foam rubber by some Everett Alvarez High School Students.

From what I understand they dove right in to recreate the Claes Oldenburg sculpture found in Salinas – Hats in Three Stages of Landing. Its current state is loaded with under-rim graffiti – not pictured here – but the kids put the authentic finishing touches on.

The views and interactions with the foam hats were sketched on a laptop with finger painting in- precision – quick and childlike – like the interactions – the scene with young man’s torso covered, kids underneath, photo ops for everyone – dogs – Santa hat – flashing bunny ears – different hats and hair – and a later seen person on stilts added to the scene quickly with this almost cartoon-like feeling.

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