Unconscious Look of Salinas Valley

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Valley Comfort - digital painting / art prints - Dan Beck 2006

Valley Comfortdigital painting / art prints – Dan Beck 2006

When I first started this piece and decided to save and title it (although unfinished), I called it “Mouse Play”. The last two digital paintings I did – I used a pen and tablet instead and found it incredibly awkward (to my surprise) – so this was both a relief and fun to use my normal painting tool.

This was not of any place in particular but is very much anywhere in the Salinas Valley. Although, I did notice yesterday a spot which I have been eyeing for quite some time which has a similar mountain terrain and field structure – half is even plowed up – so perhaps I was unconsciously referencing that spot.

The really dark earth in the center I have never tried to portray before. After discing a field – the soil is turned over into big dark chunks – looks like some kind of moon terrain. I think we see it more now because most of the soil will not be replanted right away – as agriculture is moved to warmer areas for the winter.

For art prints or availability of the above digital painting, please email: specialorders@outhousestudios.net. Setting up auto purchasing options for new pieces is more complicated than time will allow right now.

See Also

  • Field 2 Mount
    very pronounced plowed fields – slightly different style – early work – some of same fascination
  • Plowed Field
    the corrugated cardboard connection – I really liked this
  • Remote Sensing Tutorial Page 19-6
    History and images of man on the moon – the moon terrain connection

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