This painting is a study of how Art Rage handles blending colors. Why do this? Because blending is an essential part of painting. And every digital art software handles blending differently. Most don’t blend at all. Even using the blending brushes falls way short of the real thing.
By the real thing I mean traditional media. Oil, pastel, and water color being the major players in traditional media. There are others and for the most part blending color is a major skill to master with all traditional media. When I started oil painting I must have done 50 little paintings like this. It taught me a lot about what to expect when I mixed colors together.
For reference my oil palette is just cad red, cad yellow, ultramarine blue, white, and burnt seinia. I can make any color I need this this palette. You can not do that with digital paint. That is the most disappointing and difficult thing to get used to.
As you can see Art Rage does a good job of blending. I think Art Rage is the best on the market for blending. But the results sometimes are surprising. So it pays to practice.
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Just finished this digital painting in Art Rage. Sometimes it is good to just play. That is what I was doing here. I knew going into this painting that I was going to use purple and orange, but that was it.
So I started. Diagonal lines are always interesting and can create movement, so let’s start there. I laid down larges areas of deep purple and bright orange and just started mixing.
Soon a feeling of heat started to develop and I just went with it. It started to look like glowing coal embers, and then flames. So I worked with that for a while, pushing paint around until I was happy. All the may sound like an accident or a spontaneous creation, but it is not. I did say I was just playing around didn’t I? But I knew that purple and orange will react this way in digital media. It was a plan after all, although not much of one.
The reason I bring this up, is because there is this notion about abstract art. That it is created purely spontaneous. I do not agree. I have read many articles where artists claim that they have no idea or plan going into their paintings of what is going to happen. It just happens. That idea adds to the mystery of the artist and the paintings. But it is not true.
It may be the artist truly thinks this themselves. That their paintings just appear. Well I do not agree. And here is why. If paintings truly did just appear from nowhere, then anyone could do it that had “Special Powers of The Artist” no training needed. I know I do not have those powers.
In fact there are years and countless hours of training in the fundamentals principles of art that allow the artist to be spontaneous. Just as with any other art or profession, one has to know the basic rules that govern creating great work in order to bend them. When musicians jam or improvise is a great example of knowing the basics so well that they can go anywhere they can imagine as long as it is grounded in the basic fundamentals of their art.
So I have been creating art for 20+ years with many years of study and using the fundamentals of art daily. I have been creating digital art for 5 years now. And every digital painting software I have used reacts the same way when I mix orange and purple together. However it did take me several years to notice this and be able to us it to my advantage.
So I do not believe any art is created spontaneously. It can not be, because the training and hours of painting can only produce what the artist knows. It is the artist that creates what seams to be spontaneous pieces of art because it just flows out in a fury of expression.
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I enjoy my Angel project. I get time to think about ideas other than the day-to-day Earthly stuff. You know, like filling jewelry orders or dealing with family stuff.
It forces me to imagine everything. In this series of images, I just let go and let the image talk to me. I listen, with my eyes and feelings, and then try to react with the correct tool, brush stroke, or color.
Because I create an Angel almost every day, it is like taking my mind to the gym and exercising my imagination on a daily basis. I enjoy the challenge of thinking and the challenge of pushing my knowledge of the software.
This is Angel #708. So for almost two years I have created something every day. I think that is important for makers, creators, and artist it just do it without worry of the outcome. We have so many demands on our skills that we need play time. Time to create without fear of failure. That is what this project has been for me.
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The one thing I know is that I will be creating an Angel every day. Well, I try too create one every day. Sometimes I run out of time or I just don’t feel like it.
I have created over seven hundred Angel drawings or paintings over the past two years. This is Angel #695. I created this one in PhotoshopCC .
It is a real challenge creating anything every day , let alone the same theme over and over. This project has taught me that there are many ways to look at a subject and at life.
The project started three or four years ago when God asked me to create an Angel a day. How does this happen? Morning Pages,heard of them? If not, find out more here at Julia Cameron. The book she co-authored years ago was titled The Artist Way.
Anyway as I write sometimes I get into conversations with God. During a particular conversation He told me to create an Angel a day. I struggled with this for 2-3 years trying many forms of media. I could never get one Angel done in a day. Then digital art entered my life and an angel a day was possible. As it is it can take several hours to complete a painting.
So when I wake in the morning I know that today I will or should create an Angel. There is comfort in having a goal each day. And I couldn’t ask for a better employer.
Many of my Angels are posted here for viewing http://markhaglunddailyangel.blogspot.com/
Or in my Etsy Shop at Angel Art by Mark On Etsy