For the last three decades I have been a realist artist and in my custom resume servicepaintings I have represented a world of recognisable shapes, colours and figures as I saw them.
My methods were a combination of direct observation, drawings, sketches, studies and the occasional reference photo followed by traditional oil painting techniques. This approach has served me well and over the years essay writing essay writing I had a measure of success.
Then I bought a digital camera and discovered a new way of looking at things. Gone were the pragmatic and purely financial considerations of the old 35mm SLR, now I could shoot literally hundreds of pictures, zooming in and out, seeing the results immediately and printing out only those which I found relevant to my work.
My camera came with a program (Adobe Photoshop Elements) which was simple enough even for a non-computer person like me to learn to play with. After a few hours I became quite proficient in manipulating images, twisting and twirling them and had lots of fun.
But that’s all it was, fun and games…until one day I realised that these altered digital images could serve as foundations for a completely new type of painting.
All of a sudden the paradigms have changed.
The rules of classical perspective, the parallel lines meeting in a vanishing point, became superfluous…why bother when you could twist the horizon into whatever shape suited your concept? If Paul Klee could take the line papaer rater for a walk I can try to make it dance…the possibilities are unlimited. Now I can compose paintings, which are still figurative and representational but inhabit a universe that is abstract and real at the same time with an aesthetic of their own.
As Picasso said: “There is a way of looking and a way of seeing.”
I don’t know how far I go within this twisted universe, but in the mean time I am having fun.
There is a detailed step-by-step description of my current working approach to these new paintings in the October 2005 edition of Artist’s Palette magazine.