Art

Hiatus over...

I have practically disappeared from the Internet...

I left Facebook (this time for good), I have not posted anything to Instagram or Twitter and I have  deleted almost all my email from my inbox.

But there is a reason, you see... we bought a house!

It has been a whirlwind of things happening at the same time and to tell you the truth, it has been really stressful. Sometimes I felt that there was no end in sight.

Finally things are settling a bit. We still have lots of things in boxes that we have to unpack and find new places to put everything, but things are getting back to normal, or the new normal, I should say.

I think I have not taken any pictures since the whole adventure started. It has been really hard to feel motivated and to find the time to do anything else.

I, on the other hand, have been able to create some more digital art in the brief times where I can sit in front of the computer for something other than work.

Recently, I set some of these as the screensaver on my laptop and I will have to say, they look rather nice when they are dancing around on the screen. (Pats back slowly).

Anyways, just a brief note to say that my hiatus is over and that will be back on schedule posting images here on the old trusty blog.

Here is a gallery of the latest digital artworks. Hope you like it...

 

Contemplating

On a recent trip to Mexico, we went to the usual tourist traps. There were plenty of T-Shirt purchases and knick-knacks for the house. All the stores had the "Calacas" (Decorated Skulls) which are a symbol used on "El Dia de Los Muertos" (Day of the Death).

I grew up listening to "Radio Novelas" (Soaps on the Radio) and one of them was Kaliman (The man from Kali). It was a daily radio show in the form of the radio shows from the 40s and 50s.

There were stories about this man from India that was sort of globetrotter investigator, going from country to country righting evil-doers.

I was also an avid reader of the Mexican comic books of Chanoc.

As such, the skulls were featured prominently in the show and comics. All this to tell you I have always wanted a skull for my desk...

Mind you, not a real skull. More of a paper-weight that somebody's cranium. ;-)

I finally got two on our trip to Mexico...

Contemplating

I took a picture of the big one and put the picture through several programs (FX Photo Studio, Affinity Photo, Topaz Studio, etc).

I had this image on my mind. It is an illustration similar to those glow-in-the-dark posters from the 70s. It is where I wanted to get with the edition and I think it came out nice.

I think it works very well with my memories of Kaliman and Chanoc!!

Journey to the Center of The Earth

Journey to the Center of The Earth [junkie-dropcap]I[/junkie-dropcap] was creating this piece and I could not help but think of Sir Oliver Lindenbrook (excellently played by the late James Mason) upon discovering the quartz cavern in the original version of the movie "Journey to the Center of The Earth (1959)".

We are but a measure of our mental baggage. I remember reading Jules Verne novels as I was growing up and I was filled with a sense of adventure. Wanting to travel the world and visit exotic places.

I think those are the beginnings of my mental travels and the reason today I long for wanderlust.

Wanderlusta strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

As I approach my golden years, I am again longing to travel. Be it mentally or physically, but I want to see the world before it ends...

The way things are going there isn't too much time left, for me or the world. Better get on it!!

If you have not seen the 1959 version of the movie, I highly recommend that you do yourself a favor and go find it somewhere. A real classic!

The Eyes of Truth are Always Watching You

The Eyes of truth are always watching you I meant to post this one a few days ago.

It's a piece of generative art done on the iPad/iPhone based on an image taken by the Hubble Space telescope.

How incredibly fun have these devices become!!

I am always amazed at how we can create something from nothing, or close to nothing; just by manipulating pixels in the small screens of the phones and tablets.

I was reading a quote from a photographer in the No. 7 Edition of Adore Noir, an online magazine about art and black and white photography (you should check it out and buy it, it's great).

The photographer, Hanna Kozak (beware, some of the pictures are NSFW), said:

"A painter can create magic from nothing. A photographer creates something magical from what already exists. Perhaps that's why we've fought so hard for photography to be considered an art."

And I agree completely. With devices like phones and digital cameras, the world is our canvas. No subject is out of reach to capture and use it as our source to create art and visuals.

The incredible amount of applications that exist both on the iOS platform and the Android platform puts creativity within everybody's reach.

We see a texture on the side of a tree? Captured!, We see interesting colors on a bed of flowers? Captured!!

The virtual oyster has been opened for all of us.

And you can say: "This is not photography" and you might be right, is not, but it's art through photography!

The democratization of photography by way of our smartphones has given us the power to freely create, collage, blend, destroy and otherwise sublimate art into being.

Imagination knows no bounds...

The title of the piece comes from a song by Enigma of the same name.