I create digital collages using digital drawing, digital painting and digital photography. For structure I use Surrealism and Minimalism sprinkled with a generous amount of Automatism. Improvisation is the thing for me. I like to make it up as I go along. I like to move with the impulses as they form in my mind. Digital imaging with a computer allows me to work as close as I can get to the speed of my mind changes.
In a way, I develop themes as diverse as what happens when one points the camera at something out there and records its vision of it in flat land. If I can take a picture of it, it can become a theme for me to develop. I also us appropriation as a method to gather images. I appropriate images from any and all sources that can be of use to me to make my digital collages. Additional theme choices develop out of themes presented by competitions. If a competition theme interests me, I play with it.
You will notice that some subjects are represented by several image variations. This can be the "tip" of the iceberg. In some cases there exists up to several hundred image variations on the same theme. Future updates will include videos where the image changes from one image to another showing the changes. I find it useful to view these videos to revisit the history of an image's development.
I will notate each set and try to keep the text brief. I use the term "composite" to describe the number of jpeg images used to construct the illustrated image or set of images. Rarely do I use a selected set of jpegs without disecting, cropping, rearranging, then recombining the parts to create the final work.
I purchased a Wacom Pen Tablet in the fall of 2016; a game changer. I now can actually draw and paint digitally, with no mess, no smell, no cleanup, no need for all the trappings of a dedicated studio space. A room with a table, a computer, and a printer and I am in business. This, for me, is a perfect world. Onward!!!
Images illustrate a return to using the human figure in an environment. Last work in figue drawing and painting were completed in 1974.
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Figure Drawing and Figure Painting 1969-1970 in MA. Drawing Painting
Figure Drawing and Figure Painting 1970-1974 in VT.Drawing Painting
01-02: First images using Wacom Pen Tablet. Composite 5 found jpegs from internet plus digital drawing.
03-05: Main image from video still found on internet, plus found image of palm trees; mucho digital drawing and other software manipulations.
06-08: Composite 5 found jpegs from internet plus digital drawing.
09-13: Theme from a competition; "Nude in Art".
14: "Towing the Line" = political comment on business persons.
15-19: Composite 7 jpegs. They were sliced, diced, computer manipulated many times, and recombined for the various finalizations.
20-25: Composite 20 images used to create this set.
26-28: Composite 2 jpegs continuously reorganized many times. Presented here are 3 images selected at random.
34-38: This image idea is still ongoing. #35 was my first piece exhibited in a show in Anacortes, WA August 2017.
39-42: Composite 5 jpeg images plus some file layers from set #15-#19 used to construct these images.
43-46: Still from video. A sampling of digital drawing.
47-49: 2 samples of experimental digital painting. This set is in the making. No final images exist at this time.
50: "2 Mechanicals". Created from some of my first constructions in August 2016. This piece was exhibited in a show in Coupville, WA August 2017. Composite of 6 jpegs.
51-54: Abandoned Buildings Project: Composite 5 jpegs. This project is ongoing with about 30 variations completed so far.
55-57: Found this image on the internet. Was fascinated with how it changed drastically as it was computer manipulated.
58-59: 2 of 20 images. Almost 90% pure digital drawing. Umbrella figure is a detail from an internet jpg. #59 arrow is from a figue drawing of mine, 1970 35mm color slide scan to jpg and inserted into this piece.
60-63: This project in digital drawing is also ongoing. Over 200 individual drawings completed so far. More to come. Fascinating image. Also use as the base for set #34-#38.
64-69: One image remanipulated as many times as needed as my mind changed while manipulating the parts. Interesting Surrealism!
70-73: Composite of 3 jpegs. Serioius computer manipulation including digital drawing and digital painting; cropping and cutting parts of original jpeg to recombine to a larger than original image size.
74-76: Composite of 6 jpegs. Again serioius computer manipulation including; software liquify filters, cropping and cutting parts of original jpg to recombine to a larger than original image size. Heavy digital painting to create heads ala Francis Bacon (one of my faves).
77-86: A foryay into the world of comic art via appropriation of comic art and fashion pics. For this set a composite of 16 jpegs; lots of cropping and enlarging.
87-88: From 2013-present over 27,500 screen captures via Earthcam of Time Square NYC. Here are 3 samples straight off camera. Early live Earthcam streams were low resulution. The picture would breakup in very interesting ways. The trick is to screen capture this live stream event.
89: Composite 3 jpegs. Base is a background image with no figures. The two figures were cropped from 2 separate jpegs and added to the base image.