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My Switch to Digital Art

February 15th, 2018

My Switch to Digital Art

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!

Art and Music

July 13th, 2016

Art and Music

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.