Digital Art – The Blacksmith’s Forge

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?  The blacksmith's Forge by artist mark haglundBut 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.

Thanks for reading.

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