February 15th, 2018
I have been asked why a traditional artist would switch to a digital medium and my response is always the same.
One day, my son, pointing at the computer said: 'You know, you can make art on that.'
At first I thought he had to be kidding. He knew how technologically challenged I was, and that my computer expertise was limited to email and playing games. I couldn't imagine how he thought I could take a leap that far!
But when he opened a paint program and said "you're an artist, you can do it" my curiosity got the better of me.
I have always enjoyed experimenting with new and different mediums but this one was extremely different. And difficult! I guess the challenge reeled me in and that unlimited supply of canvas and paint kept me coming back. In my wildest dreams I could not have hoped for a never ending supply of materials!
It was good I had that never ending supply because my first attempts looked very similar to the image here. Nothing but uncontrolled scribbles. I made every mistake too, or at least I think I did. I created images that were too small or wouldn't print and some so large they crashed my computer. I worked on pieces all day long and then forgot to save them.
I almost "quit" hundreds of times, sometimes just wanting to throw the computer right out the window smashing it to bits. But knowing a blank canvas awaited continued to draw me back.
I have no idea where this medium will lead but I am on the journey. I am hooked!
July 13th, 2016
Art and music ...how do we separate the two? Notes and colors. Highs and lows The pitch and palette so interconnected. The tempo of a piece. dark and moody or bright. I love to hear art described in Italian even if I understand not a word. It becomes music. An opera. The voice and oil have clarity of note and color. How they blend.
I was thinking about this while working and thought I would write it down. I think of abstract pieces in this way.