Archive for the ‘Art Prints’ Category

Clouding the Mountains

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

size obscures details, madras colors, and enveloping clouds

More Mountain & Clouds - Dan Beck - digital painting / art prints 2004

More Mountain & Clouds – Dan Beck – digital painting / art prints 2004

The clouds do come in and swallow the mountains. The mountains do not look so madras like. They do have color in them, but not quite so obvious.

The transparent nature of some of the clouds and the blue sky poking through, I know to be true as well.

I know this is representative of what is, but I am not sure it is as strong in the category of beautiful in its own right.

A similar scene was tackled earlier by me as a digital painting and has been tackled several times since – a more recent take. Like many of the pieces from this time, this was intended to be quite large and hard to envision even with the enlarged details.

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Salinas Valley

Monday, January 15th, 2007

accurate feeling without being literal – appreciating ambiguity

Big Valley1 - to gallery page and art print options

Big Valley 1 – Digital Painting / Art Prints – Dan Beck 2005

What I see today is the geometry of lines – the exaggerated rows of crops or dirt – creating a backdrop both unmistakable and unreal.

I like the way the foreground pokes out of the next layer – making one unclear as to whether everything is at the same height or up a level of hill.

I love the lines which look like a shirt and the tissue like nature of the mountains. It is far from literal – but I know this place…

This is the valley I see so regularly – but also a place of its own.

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Composite Colors and Winter Abstraction

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

elements of a literal time

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

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

Despite the symmetry of the mountain peak in the center, I still enjoy the feeling of this piece.

The colors are true to winter here, but the curving strips over the land creating a mounded look are from who knows where.

I think I was working towards a more finished look but opted to quit before I got there. Sometimes one likes a stage enough to stop there – I am assuming that is what happened here.

The look is a bit uncharacteristic – though my style typically includes abstract elements.  A digital painting of mine that is this worked is usually more literal. But then again this was more of a composite – pulling the man holding the dirt out of some former memory.

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Warm and Textured Image

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

transient life, celebratory sky

Sunset for Andrea - digital painting - 2005 - Dan Beck

Sunset for Andreadigital painting / art prints – 2005

Not feeling much like writing today – sure I am not the first one. I played the random image game and came up with this painting twice.

Since I was thinking about Andrea earlier today – it should not really be a surprise. Her life ended way too young but her presence like the record of this painting continues on.

This painting reminds me of a blanket – it has warmth and texture and covers the viewer in a glow. The sunset was of course more amazing -but then again – it was transient like a life.

Despite the sad day – this was a celebratory sky.

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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

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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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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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

Fall Color

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

surprising show from the color of grape vines

Autumn Grape Color - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Autumn Grape Colordigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

Fall is reserved for the East Coast – mostly New England. I say this out of complete prejudice from having witnessed the New England Fall many a time.

Now that I live in California – I do notice signs of Fall – some changing leaves from deciduous trees – but I was shocked last week to notice fields and fields of color from the dying grape vine leaves.

A spectacular show – that I hope I have put enough of my own spin on…

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  • Fall
    Photos of Fall in New England – a sense of what it is like
  • Foot Hill Views
    a different piece this reminds me of
  • Autumn Grape Color – art print options and availability for the above digital painting

Casting Its Own Light

Monday, November 20th, 2006

portraying strange light in its own way

Another Lightness - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2004

Another Lightness – digital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2004

There are times when the mountains seem otherworldly – particularly I have been fascinated by the light that emerges on the mountains seemingly right under the overcast.

It is about perspective and distance – that creates the illusion – but than again – seeing is about seeing – not about what is scientifically there.  And in this case, it is also about an impression.

This piece captures the strangeness of light and abstractly portrays a phenomena that would be less real done a different way.

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  • uzilite.com
    “light obliterating every shades” according to Google – nice photos and very slick the way they are displayed – quite fun
  • strange light pictures
    spirit in the lens – truth is not the issue for me – but the strange light irresistable
  • Another Lightness
    gallery page – enlarge/details – art print options