When Success Isn’t Measured

limits, language, and symbolism

Symbolic Language 7 - digital painting - Dan Beck 2007

Symbolic Language 7digital painting – Dan Beck 2007

I thought this was pretty cool when I just finished – interesting, layer upon layer. I tried coloring only by tinting sections – the most subtle way of coloring I have at my disposal.

At the end, I couldn’t take it any more and changed my own rules adding some touches of pure color. But with all that I find the digital painting a bit too subtle and drab – but like the old joke – good though.

It was intended as an exercise, intended to be fun, intended to be unpressured learning – and it was.

I could probably do things to make it brighter – improve upon what is – but successes come in different forms – and the limits and language are intended to be symbolic of that as well.

See Also

  • Abstract Art Gallery – some of the other abstract art work at Outhouse Studios
  • Moose Turd Pie – my father told this joke a little differently – but it the same story – though Utah Phillips does really personalize it.
  • Pure Color – I looked up pure color for the heck of it – there really is no such thing – color is relative – but good information here plus nice images.

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