Art of Images
People talk of “art,” and most often, they are thinking of images, images as art. But we also know that the word art points to much wider circles of human creation than just images. It is wider than drawing and painting.
But on this page, in these galleries, this is what I mean by art, my visual art.
Physical, Traditional Media
Digital Landscape & Still Life
Digital Oils, general
This gallery includes (and is mostly) a series I call “Alpha Lock.” It is a method of digital painting I invented (others surely do similar things) using iPad’s Procreate app with Pencil. I like it because it not only does not simulate physical media, but it allows image effects that cannot be made in the physical media. Look for strokes that lie over and under each other in bold or subtle ways, especially where a stroke of color follows what is under it, yet changes that. The term “alpha” refers to something in digital images. It is the attributes, such as color, that determine which dots are in an image. By locking these in place, one can add to what is there while also keeping parts of it in place. Hard to describe...
Most of my digital portraits are “born a photograph, raised a painting.” I import one or more photographs (usually ones I have taken myself) into fine art painting software such as Procreate and ArtRage and then work from there. I don’t use automatic features that alter a photo to make it look like paint. Instead, I work “every inch” (even spots as tiny as refliections on the eye) and use artistic choices as I would in making any fine art image, such as oil paintings.389 false false true false true true false auto true ease-in-out 300 false 0 true true
The images I put in this gallery are “born a photograph, raised a photograph.” That’s a twist on my metaphor for describing some of my digital fine art (see, for example, the digital portraits) which I call “born a photo, raised a painting,” which means they started out as photographs and got their basic “DNA” from there, but are then cultivated often for a long time being worked on every inch with digital tools as a painting. So, here are photographs that I have also worked on in varying ways to present images of superior photographic qualities, some of which might not even be in the original. Some are just fine art photographs the way I took them in the camera. But I have “a thousand” of those; so when I place one here, it qualifies to me as fine art, thus “Photographic Art.” To me, art in the western tradition is self-expression plus communication that emanates notable beauty—or more accurately that draws out the elusive and even mysterious “beauty” response in the artist and many of the viewers.