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.

mark

Digital Art Angel #744 

I have not taken the time to post many of my angels. Not sure why.  Probably because I create one every day, so this blog would be over run with angels.  Not that that would be a bad thing, but I really want this site to be about all the art and things I create. I guess I need to post more of the other things I do so things will look balanced.

Ready to Ship – Two Rings to Go

Two Rings ready to ship to their new owners. I love creating items people want. It makes me feel good. I feel good because I get to add a bit of beauty and fun to my customer’s day.

I feel that I become part of their lives,  and they a part of mine.  I think that is why I have always loved to create or make stuff.  Because I feel this exchange of energy when people receive the product that I made.

Even when I was a sales engineer for a manufacturing company, I felt a sense of responsibility  for the product my customer received and pride in the fact that I represented the group of people who created  it.

What ever you want to call it creation, making, building it all boils down to energy.  And I believe energy good or bad can be sensed by the end-user.  They either have a good experience and a bad one.

I strive to create great experiences for my customers.

Thanks for reading.  Comment if you like. Return often.

Mark

Christmas Present Copper Ring and My Thoughs

Whenever I sell something I am deeply touched and thankful to both God and my customer.

Every time I start the creation process I am reminded of how God has blessed me with the talent and the desire to make stuff.  And when I receive an order I am touched that someone has picked my creation over all the other talented makers out there.

The Ring pictured below is a Christmas present.  A son and mother were online shopping for a ring he wanted for Christmas and they picked one of mine.  I am so blessed to be able to make such a positive impact on people’s lives.

This ring becomes a bond between a mother and her son that will last a life time.  I am so blessed to be part of that.  img_20161214_091324

Merry Christmas.

Mark

Star of David

Working on a Star of David. This has been a challenge to intertwine the two triangles.  The sides of the triangles are within .010″ of each other…so far. I hope to have it a little tighter when finished. I still need to solder and hammer a texture on the piece.

A Short Move of Angels and Fractals.

This is a short movie created in Adobe Clip on my mobile phone.  I am experimenting with different software options for video.  I would like to create “How To and DYI” videos for some of the stuff I make.  So I am looking for the easiest or best solution.

This video is of Angels that were on my phone and the music is stuff Adobe provides as free stock audio.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks.

Mark

Making Jewelry From Brass- A New Brass Ring

I just started making jewelry from brass. The brass I use is 230 alloy brass.  It is sometimes referred  to as jewelers brass.  The type of brass has a close appearance to gold, …. for a few weeks, then is starts to tarnish.  Gold does not tarnish.

I still like the finished product.  The color is excellent. I think, both copper and brass lend themselves to rustic looking jewelry.  This piece has a hand hammered wood grain texture.  The inside is polished for a smooth fit and feel. It has a nice rustic look and a sophisticated feel.

So why not use gold?  Well there are several factors involved in using gold.  The first is cost. At roughly $1,250 an ounce for gold, and jewelers brass at $.90 an ounce, one can see there is a BIG difference in price.  Scrap is the other big factor. One needs to be set up to handle precious metals.  I am not…yet.

So for now copper and brass will be my metals of choice. They are easy to work with and both finish well.  Besides, I think both metals work better for rustic looking jewelry.  For some reason gold and rustic just do not seem to fit together.

Thanks for reading.

Mark