Learning Versus Applying

new techniques can spin out of control

Hillside Spin 2 - digital painting - Dan Beck 2007

Hillside Spin 2digital painting – Dan Beck 2007

Like many of my digital paintings, I started out playing a bit with the medium. It kind of amazes me that I can keep learning new techniques, but I don’t know why since that is the way most things work. I’ve been playing guitar for years, but I haven’t stopped learning.

So the above started because I was playing around with a curve tool – the tool creates smooth curves but not particularly tight – I had always worked within its confines or used freehand.

I figured out if I stopped and started – I could get a tighter curve – so I went wild.

The above digital painting is fun – but it is probably not a direction I will continue to go in – but the technique I can and will apply – but probably with less abandon.

See Also

  • Process – gallery page for work which was clearly about taking a new technique to the nth degree – pretty cluttered small – but pretty interesting enlarged
  • Solutions: How do you spin out of control? – found this comic kind of enlightening – since the joy of a new found fun is a lot like these kids – I remember – “Let’s do it again”
  • The Painting Environment – just a quick look at some of the tools I use – program was simple to begin and more open ended than I think the appleworks creators even knew

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