August 29, 2018

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Finding a suitable digital medium in which to quickly, or, for me more effectively create, as I suppose: someone visually inclined is to do, the direction can and will veer off into the digital frontier altogether.  If you are making art on a touch screen how much easier everything becomes right? Well, not necessarily so. Thing is painting with your finger with fancy brush settings, learning those and all the panel offers is one thing. The application. What about the ART? Or more firmly even, the subject ? How about a subjective look.  Click on one to open in a slideshow. 


People like "ART" because they can see the way the producer of the art sees. The way they themselves see but in a sublime moment only perhaps, it’s experiential, nay existential. It is very little to do with subject, but everything to do with it. And who can then truly create ANY ‘art’ would the next goto response. ART, ARTIST. What are these terms? 

It is also standard these days, commercially. To the picture maker, invaluable in helping the creative spontaneity perhaps. With regards the digital space we hold and those brave frontiers, never before explored and so on, it is seminal in our minds. Art? Or is it not ART? We have lost focus on the subject. And found it again.

In my exercises with the above 4 composited canvases is a performance of the subject, myself inhibiting the space between your eyes and a computer or other electronic device screen. And (You are now spellbound and hypnotized into a deep trance like state from which you will only awake knowing .. exactly what I mean) it is then all up to you and the screen.  So easy, no mess or fuss. I hope you like them, however digital. And if not, there is a print version made especially. 

From a technical standpoint allot is dictated by the program, cutting, resizing, layers and all those things really help, but essentially my finger represents either a pencil or crayon or something big or small, bold and or opaque enough for the drawing. I use my finger because its just easier, think about it. It’s extremely difficult to stick with this 'drawing' stage long enough, but it’s the most important, and this was in truth my objective, and of course traditionally speaking it should lend itself to a painterly treatment in whatever form thereafter. In these cases they are painted in with value only (pity!), each one took more or less an hour to do, some were longer and others extremely short.

In the examples are scenes snapped off a screen while running using a program, the movie plays on my laptop and I hit ctrF12..Then I open the image and off I go. Some fine actors are given tribute here not least of which to name and my personal hero at an early age:  U’Shaka. The great Elephant, and more specifically the man Henry Chele, who’s portrayal pervaded in the masterpiece the series became. Now I can talk about George Lucas and others too, but lets just enough said, for now.

Reference is the key, without it I am at a loss for which to make justice to the ending of this B-logggging..  Below a collage of my reference used. Best CM

July 01, 2018


hings like transparent and opaque, or hue and saturation, these things mean little out of context, not unlike for instance the word: ART. That is an even broader contextual word integrating many many things. But we're not concerned with that now, only the smaller parts, all of which add up to or amount to or summarize of 'ART'..

 he first and foremost important thing is the mark making! Ask yourself, in how many ways can I do that? So many it is countless, all for what? That is a seperate hemisphere question: why? The right is all free and does, the left calibrates and conditions, and further inquires.. But we are cohesive wholes and we make marks, then that is ART.

 hen I was younger the chiefest motivator was the television, not really though, I mean it was my own imagination, but it sparked also by the creative "idea" in the script and overall influence of the medium, the tv screen (Not necessarily a Marilyn Manson lyric). So, others art, in the case of me as a young boy: Crocodile Dundee for one. I found the whole movie exhilarating so that I made an illustration of it (found on this blog! btw).

ne of my earliest memories is a friends art at must have been pre-school, seriously, and would not be able to recall his name, maybe Ricardo, he had drawn the getalong gang from tv, I didnt watch much tv so I wasnt much interested in the subject as he but in his (somewhat styled but accurate) re-depiction. That further motivated my own marks in life.

bove is an old drawing just to compliment the story. In the mean time back to the topics at hand. No.1 is resolved. Making the mark. Herein lie all the details of terminology, hue, value, these are terms most likely applied to picture making. Form may be a broader concept. These can become ques and motivators. So without wanting to confuse them, there are 'principles' in say picture making, and then there is simply the mark, what 'terms' apply to that, how it will work and not so much about what it may represent when made.

et aside the mark for now, before it; is the creative impulse! And this may or may not lead to a finished work, it is sometimes just the pleasure of doing it that counts. And for me this is in doodles most often, entirely free, but usually contains trace suggestions of my motivators, form, light, style. There starts a feedback loop, attaining a likeness and honing it or exaggerating it even, a compelling feeling is hopefully achieved, and neural circuits installed. Strictly speaking.

hen the media will teach you about the terms. Each paper and each pen or brush in cyber space or not functions in a certain way. Interaction is the mark. On a touch screen anything possibly possible on that screen can be achieved, and likewise not fill the space of an actual painted canvas. But you see the same motivators might use any device or medium. Knowing how to use them is then one thing. Covered. Hue and saturation mean different things traditionally when making a mark. They are the white of the paper vs the fluidity, characteristics of the pigment form on that paper, a dual action. 

thought to start this topic earlier as it amounts to say how these 'terms' relate. Opaque media as I had guessed it to work conversely dissimilar to watercolours for instance. The truth is besides the obvious difference and completely objective fact that they will yield different results, more important to my intention on the topic is that they can both be handled in much the same way or ways. Think about it, although watercolour is as light as a wisp and willful as they might say, so can oil with just the right amount of thinner or an acrylic paint, or a very thin natural-binding pigment etc. So, this lends it self more to the opinion of refining the motivator or again looking to the subjective role and simply engaging, exploring with the media in order to understand it.

t is natural for me to be attracted to and compelled by the different media. I love the topic of ART and am enjoying delving into it here, as a subsidiary left hand goings on, while sharing my findings and my creativity in general. Thanks to anyone reading and blessings to you - CM

February 24, 2018


..just how important are lines.. in a landscape ?? These are such happy lines to me, I thought I would post these and then maybe colour them in maybe not. Just some fun on my Huion610. Inspired! 

February 02, 2018

From start to finsh

painting in town one early morning, using an ipad air and procreate.