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.
I guess you could say I’m stumped. I have been leveling off the top and bottom of my future anvil stump by hand. I tried to do this the way it may have been done one-hundred and fifty years ago. But I gave up and pulled out my router.
I decided to mill the top down usng my router. I created a sled for the router and screwed 2×4″ boards to the stump. The 2x4s were leveled so the top would be parallel to the floor when finished. So far so good. Now all’s I need is an anvil.
Even though I don’t have a big anvil,I do have a little railroad rail I made into an anvil. I will have to use that for now. Also I can still use the stump for forming metal by carving forms into the stump or making wooden forms that I can use on the stump.
Either way I am excited to have a surface to hammer on that will not move or flex.
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.