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
  • “Borne in Bethlehem”

    “Borne in Bethlehem”

  • Afternoon on Olana Pond

    “Afternoon on Olana Pond”

  • Cassandra

    “Cassandra”

  • Cathedral and construction, Albany NY

    “Cathedral and construction, Albany NY” 1967

  • An Apple, A Day

    “An Apple, A Day”

  • ChiOn Temple, Kyoto 2016

    “ChiOn Temple, Kyoto” 2016

  • Calla Lily

    “Calla Lily”

  • Catskill View

    “Catskill View”

  • Hildreth Barn

    “Hildreth Barn”

  • Green Street

    “Green Street”

  • magazine illustration,1

    magazine illustration,1

  • Late Day Sunlight on Fresh Snow

    "Late Day Sunlight on Fresh Snow"

  • Love's Pure Light

    “Love's Pure Light‘

  • Meditate on This

    “Meditate on This”

  • magazine illustration,2

    magazine illustration,2

  • Apple Trees at Kripalu

    “Apple Trees at Kripalu”

  • Lohan

    “Lohan”

  • Moon Set at Sunrise

    “Moon Set at Sunrise”

  • Snow Day

    “Snow Day”

  • Story Illustration

    “Story Illustration”

  • SunBorn

    “SunBorn”

  • Otto at Home

    “Otto at Home“

  • Swiss Independence Day at Nightfall

    “Swiss Independence Day at Nightfall”

  • The Cottage 1967

    “The Cottage” 1967

  • Adirondack Winter, 1

    “Adirondack Winter, 1”

  • Temple Orange

    “Temple Orange”

  • Niverville Hill

    “Niverville Hill”

  • Sutherland Pond in Fall

    “Sutherland Pond in Fall”

  • Adirondack Winter, Powdered Graphite Set

    “Adirondack Winter”, Powdered Graphite Set

  • Wolframs-Eschenbach

    “Wolframs-Eschenbach“

  • Adirondack Winter, 4

    “Adirondack Winter, 4”

  • Adirondack Winter, 2

    “Adirondack Winter, 2”

  • Adirondack Winter, 3

    “Adirondack Winter, 3”

  • "The Farm"

    "The Farm"

  • Apple Portrait on Rectangles

    “Apple Portrait on Rectangles”

  • Pine Cone Cluster

    Pine Cone Cluster

Digital Landscape & Still Life
  • Hortensia in Nuremberg

    “Hortensia in Nuremberg”

  • Waiting for the Hammock

    “Waiting for the Hammock”

  • Mountains of Central Taiwan

    “Mountains of Central Taiwan”

  • Après-midi au Jardin du Luxembourg

    “Après-midi au Jardin du Luxembourg”

  • A Long Conversation

    “A Long Conversation”

  • le pont Marie pendant l’inondations de 2016

    “le pont Marie pendant l’inondations de 2016‘

  • Winter Path to River

    “Winter Path to River”

  • Cool Down

    “Cool Down”

  • Vicky’s Heaven

    “Vicky’s Heaven”

  • Vicky’s Begonias

    “Vicky’s Begonias”

  • Daffodils Cut

    “Daffodils Cut”

  • Mountain Laurel

    “Mountain Laurel“

  • Gone Swimming

    “Gone Swimming“

  • Noyac View

    “Noyac View”

  • Returning Home

    “Returning Home”

  • Catskill Setting in October

    “Catskill Setting in October”

  • Catskills from Keene Farm

    “Catskills from Keene Farm”

  • Snow Flurry in Sunlight

    “Snow Flurry in Sunlight”

  • Whiteface at the start of winter

    “Whiteface at the Start of Winter”

  • “Evening Meal After Rain”

    “Evening Meal After Rain”

  • Plum Blossom Branch

    “Plum Blossom Branch”

Digital Oils, general
  • l’amica di Modigliani, detail

    “l’amica di Modigliani”, detail

  • Entering the Plane

    “Entering the Plane”

  • Painting “El Niño”

    Painting “El Niño”

  • Peace

    “Peace”

  • Étude

    “Étude”

  • Waiting at the Window, Bartolini’s Nymph at the Louvre

    “Waiting at the Window, Bartolini’s Nymph at the Louvre”

  • l’amica di Modigliani

    “l’amica di Modigliani”

  • Église du Saint Esprit

    “Église du Saint Esprit‘

  • El Niño

    “El Niño”

  • Jardin du Luxembourg et L’École des Mines de Paris

    “Jardin du Luxembourg et L’École des Mines de Paris“

  • Maggie’s Art

    “Maggie’s Art”

  • World for Sale

    “World for Sale”

  • "Salvator Mundi, 2018"

    "Salvator Mundi, 2018"

  • Seeing the Light

    “Seeing the Light”

  • Aisle 42

    “Aisle 42”

Digital Abstract
  • Alpha Lock, 5

    “Alpha Lock, 5”

  • Alpha Lock, 1

    “Alpha Lock, 1”

  • Alpha Lock, 8

    “Alpha Lock, 8”

  • Alpha Lock, 4

    “Alpha Lock, 4”

  • Alpha Lock, 2

    “Alpha Lock, 2”

  • Alpha Lock, 10

    “Alpha Lock, 10”

  • Alpha Lock, 3

    “Alpha Lock, 3”

  • Alpha Lock, 9

    “Alpha Lock, 9”

  • Alpha Lock, 7

    “Alpha Lock, 7“

  • Alpha Lock, 6

    “Alpha Lock, 6”

  • Alpha Lock, 11

    “Alpha Lock, 11”

  • "Starchitecture"

    "Starchitecture"

  • "Alpha Lock, 12"

    "Alpha Lock, 12"

  • "Alpha Lock, 13"

    "Alpha Lock, 13"

  • "Alpha Lock, 14"

    "Alpha Lock, 14"

  • Song at the Cliff, digital pencil of tree and singer on a cliff with John 14:27

    Song at the Cliff

  • Fall Coming, watercolor in amorphous field with tree and sun or moon

    Fall Coming 2020

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...

Digital Portraits

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.

  • David Wade Smith

    “David Wade Smith”

  • David in the Clouds

    “David in the Clouds”

  • Courtney

    “Courtney”

  • Benediction

    “Benediction”

  • Becca

    “Becca”

  • Deborah

    “Deborah”

  • Birgit und Jürgen Wagner

    “Birgit und Jürgen Wagner”

  • Aaron Graduation

    “Aaron Graduation”

  • Eleanor January 2014

    “Eleanor January 2014”

  • Becca 2017

    “Becca 2017”

  • Eleanor December 1990

    “Eleanor December 1990“

  • Merrall and Mary

    “Merrall and Mary“

  • Donna Hildreth Moss

    “Donna Hildreth Moss”

  • George and Lizabeth

    “George and Lizabeth”

  • Joelle on Qingdao Mountain

    “Joelle on Qingdao Mountain”

  • El Tigre

    “El Tigre”

  • Eliane

    “Eliane”

  • Raymond Ortali

    “Raymond Ortali”

  • “Katie 2017”

  • Self-portrait Aug 2015

    Self-portrait Aug 2015

  • Stephen

    “Stephen”

  • Timothy

    “Timothy”

  • Sư Cô Đức Quang and her Grandmother

    “Sư Cô Đức Quang and her Grandmother”

  • Self-portrait Winter 2017

    Self-portrait Winter 2017

  • Gerti at 30

    “Gerti at 30”

  • David

    “David”

  • Beth in Evening Light, Poet’s-Walk Gate

    Beth in Evening Light, Poet’s Walk Gate

  • Verginie, a pencil sketch

    Verginie, a digital-pencil sketch

  • Emilea

    Emilea

Photographic Art
  • Green Tara Figure

    “Green Tara Figure”

  • Buddhas Watching over Us

    “Buddhas Watching over Us“

  • Ethel Rose

    “Ethel Rose“

  • Ganesh Carving at Lynn and Dan’s

    “Ganesh Carving at Lynn and Dan’s

  • Golden Gate Bridge Below June 1988

    Golden Gate Bridge Below June 1988

  • Deborah June27'88

    Deborah June27'88

  • Sag Harbor Frosting

    Sag Harbor Frosting

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.

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