the artist's statement

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye" from THE LITTLE PRINCE. When people ask me "WHAT KIND OF ARTIST ARE YOU?"... I tell them, I am a painter ... they ask "OH oil or watercolor?".... I say, neither... I paint with light ... they give me a strange look.... IF I have the time and I think they are really interested, then I clarify... I use a camera and a scanner as a starting point, and then where it leads me I never know ... the end result may be a light capture from my scanner, or a manipulated photo, using many different computer enhancement tools including photoshop...... sometimes I create something that does not even look like anything recognizable. Then sometimes, I use mixed media.... mixing a printed inkjet picture with maybe a magazine transfer using wintergreen oil, or adding paint, or using sandpaper to rough it up the end I have something original that never existed before.... just a splash of pixel dust.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

blue waters abstract 1

This is a custom art piece that I did a few months ago.  It started out as a camera capture of a small stream in the Helen and Allen Cruickshank sanctuary in Rockledge Florida.  Just some weeds in a creek.  I played around with it in Photoshop using various TOPAZ plugins.  After a number of tries, I got a rather interesting abstract piece that I worked on for a while and then put it aside.  Then one day I showed it to someone and I started to try different crops and I changed it from a horizontal to a vertical piece... VOILA, he said he had just the place for it in his home.... and he now has it hanging up in his bedroom ...

1 comment:

Rob Scharpf said...

Hi, Johny,
Nice images in multiple styles. I personally was drawn to the jewelweed, butterfly dreams, dandelion dreams 2, and blue waters abstract 1. You have a knack for artistic creation that I don't have, Johny, and I'm envious. Keep up the good, no, make that excellent, work.