the artist's statement
- Johny Alives
- "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 ....in 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 ...