Another day in America

I was always gonna write an autobiographical novel and call it 20th century Schizoid  Man .
I discovered I’m lazy so it never happened. What is lazy anyway? I worked feed the family when I had one and myself when I didn’t. I played volleyball and cross country skied.
Getting old didn’t take nearly long enough.
most famous split infinitive “to boldly go”
Space doesn’t exist as a or in a vacuum
When I have something to say I’ll get to it.
MY life
Born in a small city where typewriters and Dairy were king.
Was a free range child . This was the stone age remember, no cell phones personal computers 2 or three black and white tv stations.
But We were free to explore the town and the rivers and streams. The gorges and swimming holes. Walking or biking everywhere.
Rain days were the library or a hidey hole so we could avoid chores.

Today a nut job killed 50 people or more 80 miles from me.
There is no explaining something like that.
He just popped into a store and bought an assault rifle.
in the darkness of the day this gave me hope

FRODO: I can’t do this, Sam.
SAM: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy. How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened.
But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something. Even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back only they didn’t. Because they were holding on to something.
FRODO: What are we holding on to, Sam?
SAM: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.

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More Rambling

I am intentional

‎Saturday, ‎11 ‎June, ‎2016

I kind of committed to do this blog even if small bites everyday. The commitment was to me so I can’t let myself down or cheat myself so here we go again
Voting for the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
The revoloution will not be televised.
It’s side effect will.
I am formatting the text a thought at a time.
When I lived in Toronto I was a mirror.
If you have a question about me comment.
This is an experiment to find out if I can improve my writing with practice.
I have nothing to say so there should be a lot to read.
I’m henery the 8th I am
Where did that come from?
Living in Florida with all these old folks has me looking in the mirror and wondering who the old guy in it is.
I still with Bernie hoping Hillary will be unable to run.
The convention street scene should distract us from what’s going on inside .
I hate to admit their is a side that wants to see what would happen if Trump was elected. Do not want to live through it think.

 a planet divided can not long stand. Imagine all the people living life in peace.

One World. One People.

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All Characters in this blog are purely intentional.
‎Friday, ‎10 ‎June, ‎2016

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good
I wonder why
blue in the sky
and in the mind
format of this is not relevant
it’s just babble
a stream of thought
pouring from within
onto crushed tree
or computer screen
on the bus
looking for
the way.
The question of god for me has always been, “What makes it’s existence a necessity?”. Which gods creation story do I listen to? The one the christian right believes in would have to beg my forgiveness and have a lot of explaining to do.
When you’re a creative person; all creative persons are artist.
the future is both terrifying and compelling . Don’t you want to know?
Which?
I did two pieces of art last session.
they will follow.
Since nothing is real It’s ok to say they suck.

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All is one.

Ka101Buddhist believe that life is suffering. That we generate that suffering within our self with judgements of ourselves and others. I am better looking, I am ugly, I want more or I want what they have. You get the gist; self inflating or self deprecation.
How do we end suffering? Through the practice of mindfulness , achieved through meditation, and correct thinking. Learn to truly understand that our perceptions are illusion. That our belief that we are separate from each other and the universe is illusion. That in reality everything is one.

A Brief Rambling from a Lunatic Artist.

Once upon a time I had the notion that I should create art.
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.
Georgia O’Keeffe

That certainly reflects my feelings and thoughts.
I started with acrylics and oils in the early 70’s and through the 80’s. I gave my art away, I stored it at friends houses. I only know of 3 or 4 that have survived in the hands of my friends.
As I worked as a computer systems analyst I was aware of the growing availability of art tools for the computer and began to play with them. Not much of my early stuff survives. Here is one from 2004
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It was also the first piece of digital art that I sold a print of.
Some More early stuff
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Humm I guess I liked that tool . It’s called Bryce

I’ve been asked why I do this . It’s because I can.
I once was told I could be really good if I did “normal” art.
How about my newest stuff?
here is some I did last week.
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The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.
W. Somerset Maugham

I may not have any talent. I am certainly my worst critic. If you liked any of this, visit my art at http://pixels.com/profiles/david-lane.html

I will gladly answer any of your questions.

Experiments in Digital Art Part 1

Variations on a theme

I have been creating digital art since the first version of MS Paint was released on windows. I like to challenge myself experimenting with different techniques and programs. I use digital tools that mimic brushes and I create using the traditional methods of blending , shaped brushes etc. I use nontraditional methods, engaging the latest tools that technology can provide. From fractal generators to effects filters, vector graphics to simple pixel manipulation.

My latest project “Variations on a theme” started out with this simple fractal generated image using Apophysis 7 .

Starting point

This image is used in this experiment to establish the color palette and through various layering techniques establish overall design and layout.
Here in part one I am not going to go into great detail showing the various steps and tools used to create the next three images, but instead, I am just showing what is possible if you have a sense of design and knowledge of the digital tools at the artist’s disposal . For those of you who still believe that digital art means the computer did it I assure you that is only true of the above image, which was generated by the computer, after careful consideration and attention to selection and entering of parameters by a human (me).
This next example shows the use of both be digital filters and traditional painting methods to produce an abstract floral landscape using the colors of the original image and some of its layout . Selection of brush size and shape and application followed traditional painter techniques while applying the digital paint to the digital canvas. This image required the most time and thought of the three show here, as I wanted to give a more finished “painterly” look. The question of it being art or if I had any skill in producing, as was my intent , an image of a riotous abstract flower garden, is left for another discussion. You may of course, and are encouraged to, leave a comment below.
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The next piece in this experiment uses a number of “Auto-painting” tools to produce a series of shapes and design artifacts based on the underlying images color palette and structure to produce an abstract image. This is not a autonomous computer generation however as selection of the “auto brush” and the placement of the output of the “auto brush” are selected by a human artist, using human sense of composition and color to produce a final result.
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This third example in my experiment is simple a different selection of tools and thoughts on the abstract compositions given the self-imposed constraints for this exercise .

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I hope I have given some of you some food for thought, and perhaps enlightened a few of you on aspects of using the computer as another brush in the artist toolbox. I hope to continue this journey in part 2 by giving more step by step examples and perhaps revealing some of the thought processes I go through when I create.

Why I don’t like Blogging

I hate blogging . Why? It’s like a wife or mother nagging me all the time to do something. I keep hearing this tiny voice “Write something in your blog. Do it now”. I’ve been very bad and not used my blog for over a year.
So what to write? A week in an artist life? A day? Post and brag about my newest doodles? My extremely knowledgeable opinions? My solutions to the world’s problems? A comedy routine ? Bad poetry?

So here I am again. Brain freeze. Nothing to say, who would want to hear it anyway?
Please visit my art site. Look at my art. Critique it if you know how. Buy it if you don’t. All of it can be seen here
david-lane.artistwebsites.com
A quick note. I play at art. I experiment and I post it. Love it! Hate it! It’s an expression of some piece of me. Here is my newest.
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This week in my artist life

My week in art 06-17-12 was, as is not unusual for me , very up and down. The usual artist complaints of nothing f ing works, to masterpiece! to bah what does the public know about art.
As a retired person living in Florida on a tight budget I can’t get away from my artwork space often. I go swimming nearly every day, weather permitting . which this week was not much with all the rain. I try to get to the beach for walks in the evening, and explore this area, as I am new to it, but the call of the muse is compelling . i must give in to it. It sweeps me into another place where the computer screen and the art that must be produced , take control.
So here is most of my work for this week

Spirits Over the Bay
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This is one of those abstracts where I saw a image flash if front of me as I was working on this. It was not where I was intending to go, but if you lean your head to the right, and imagine the land colored greens and browns are the shoreline of a bay seen from far above, then the spirits or daemons or angles , what have you appear in the sky and perhaps a battle?

Sorcery
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A comment left on this one was ” What a vivid color abstract!” The image invokes the feel of a sorcerer and sorcery in me, probably not my most effective piece this week.

Samurai
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I expected this to garner more attention than it has. maybe it’s not as good as I thought it was. I felt a lot of emotions when I was doing this and was quite pleased with my selrf. The title SDamurai just screamed out of the image to me. I did get a comment on FAA “Stunning. Totally love this!” not sure if they “got” it but at least someone noticed.

Street Scene
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I don’t know what to say. This got no comments from anyone on any site. No good. ? Not seen? I like it. As to why I called it street scene, it’s loud, noisy, busy and chaotic .

Fantasy 062112
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This one is another I thought would be popular, It’s almost an exploding landscape . I got an it’s cool and a wow so someone liked it.

In the light
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This piece really surprised me. I liked it , but I didn’t think it was all that special. It’s this weeks winner though with or 50 like and 20 + shares on google+. 112 comments like “this is really magical, I love the flow, the softness and the colours”, to cool, wow, deep , awesome. Strange it got no notice from anyone on FAA.

Purples
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This is the start of a series I am experimenting with. I’m always tiring new things and just playing around having fun. This was fun to watch evolve from something totally different. It got a comment “Wow! this is very nice”

Breakdown
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This is another in the new experimental series. it’s too new to have been seen much. I hope I get some feedback.

Garden Wall
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Last one of the week. A little down to earth for a change. Has got nice reception on FaceBook so far people seem to like it.

So this is my week in art. Looking back , I’m both pleased and frustrated.. It’s hard to see so little feedback. I cannot grow as an artist if people are to busy to comment on my work . So help me grow tell me what you like and don’t like.
No sales this week sigh, always next week I guess. I will try and do this more often if it gets attention and people want it.