September 13th, 2007
This painting was done with TwistedBrush and took about twenty minutes. I find the less I think while painting, the closer I come to my vision of impressionism. To me, an impressionist painting depicts a simple subject with emphasis on color and spontaneity. With that criteria in mind, Bayou may be my best work to date.
Bayou copyright D. Lewis 2007
September 7th, 2007
I painted this with an inexpensive digital paint program in about fifteen minutes. I find doing what amounts to a sketch sometimes captures the essence of a subject that is lost when worked too long.
A Memory of Snow
September 6th, 2007
Dutch Valley copyright D Lewis 2007
The Upper Meadow copyright D Lewis 2007
September 5th, 2007
Tags: digital art, digital painting
The original Impressionist movement which originated in France during the 1870s was composed of rebellious artists with a variety of artistic ideas and beliefs. Few agreed on what they were even trying to accomplish with their radical departure from the artistic norms of the day. Only later did art historians define criteria to pronounce who had been an impressionist, who had not, and why.
Simply stated, the impressionist broke with the tradition of the time and painted everyday subjects, rather than historical or mythological scenes. Many ignored the accepted rules of composition in vogue at the time. They painted nature, people, and the cities around them as they were without the idealization that the traditional art-world expected. Their brushwork was bold and expressive. It was, however, their revolutionary approach to color (perhaps generated by advances in paint technology) that earned them artistic immortality.
Within twenty years their irreverent revolutionary-style would become the accepted way to paint and newer, more radical isms would arise to make their art seem almost quaint. By the 1940s, they were all but dismissed in the academic art world. They probably wouldn’t have minded since they had been rebelling against the artistic academia of their time.
There was another revolution in the 1970s when a half-century of abstract art started to be passed over by collectors in favor of the quaint impressionists. Prices soared and in the next two decades Impressionist works enjoyed a popularity that far exceeded anything their creators could have imagined.
It should come as no surprise that I believe that the conditions of our day are very similar to those of the original impressionist. Academia defines what is real art (always analog) and computer generated art is dismissed as irrelevant. I also believe that digital technology provides the means to stage a new rebellion against the academic status-quo and define a new art. The art of the digitalImpressionist.