Thursday, May 21, 2009

Angry Sawhorse

Angry Sawhorse

Angry Sawhorse (2009)

Can't you
protect me from masculinity? One
knotty eye on
a headless stick body
is no throne. That no-brains
Jack Pumpkinhead burns me.
I need to make a stand
with orange cones so angry men
gesticulating are
tricked into seeing me
as a royal carriage.


Image initially made with QuaSZ. Post-processed until I fell off. Text is a "Google poem" collaged together from search stings of angry sawhorse.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Sinister Riptide

Sinister Riptide

Sinister Riptide (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculars.]

This is the end result of another image I worked on while "going live" last weekend, an experience I talked about in my last post.

The image was begun in a local restaurant during Art Week 09, part of which includes placing artists in various venues around Little Rock and North Little Rock. Artists were supposed to work on pieces and show their process. My wife and I set up in Sticky Fingerz in Little Rock's River Market district. I'd spent days before assembling a traveling digital studio on my laptop, so we packed up laptop, projector, screen, mike, stands, cords, and karaoke machine, and off we went. I worked on fractal/digital art for four hours and talked to many interesting and interested people, including several graphic designers, a mathematician, and other artists.

The set-up at Sticky Fingerz

The set-up at Sticky Fingerz.

I worked on four pieces live and considered none of them done. I posted the last live "draft" of one image named (by the crowd) Sticky Lucky Cat to show what had been done live. That image is still being worked over at my home studio where it will one day appear as Lucky Cat, that is, the final image. Sinister Riptide began live and then was beat severely around the pixels in the comforts of home.


Image initially made with Sterling-ware 2 and processed live at Sticky Fingerz on May 9th. The crowd provided the title. Later further post-processed until it finally went out.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sticky Lucky Cat

Sticky Lucky Cat

Sticky Lucky Cat (2009)

[Click on the image above to see the view with binoculors.]

Last night, I participated in Art Week 09.

One aim of the festivities was to place visual artists in various locales around the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock. I received a call from one of the coordinators asking me if I'd like to participate. He had visited my web site and had liked my "paintings." I had to explain that I made digital art. Although every other participating artist was either painting or creating mixed media constructions, I said I could take a laptop and projector and demonstrate how I make my art. He agreed and put me on the schedule. I spent several days doing the best I could to build a portable digital art studio on my laptop.

So, come Saturday afternoon, Cindy (my wife) and I packed up: laptop, projector, stands, portable screen, mike, karaoke machine (for sound), and a few prints (for show).

We set up at Sticky Fingerz, a restaurant and music venue, in Little Rock's River Market, and I made art for four hours while we talked to the crowd, showed off prints, and handed out business cards. I worked on five images -- explaining my process as I went and taking suggestions from the audience as to what should be kept or undone. Some friends dropped by, and I talked to a number of cool people, including a mathematician and several graphic designers. One guy even wanted me to teach him Photoshop.

It was a good time, and I hope the Art Week organizers ask me to participate again next year.


Sticky Lucky Cat was created live at Sticky Fingerz on Saturday, May 9th. The title was suggested by someone in the crowd. Image initially made with QuaSZ and post-processed until the audience agreed it was done.

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