About my Art Work

Some definitions to help people understand my art

Abstract Art

A piece of art that is abstract is nonrepresentational in that it does not have a subject or try to look like something.  Having said this there is a continuum so that sometimes there might be an element of representation.  Some of my paintings are semi-abstract (partially abstract) and others are completely abstract.

Abstraction along the continuum flows through all of my work whether it is acrylics, pastels or printmaking.

Photography

With the advent of digital cameras and computer programs like Photoshop the presentation of photographs has changed.  There are of course photographs that have not been processed by using computer programs although this is becoming rarer.  My photos have been changed some only slightly and others quite considerable.  The two photos below are an example of how using Paint Shop Pro has changed the rather boring photo on the left into the one of the right which is a more colourful and more interesting photo.

Prints

Print making is probably the least understood of the techniques that I use to produce pieces of art.  When the word print is used people often think of posters and prints that are direct copy of a piece of art or computer generated.

Traditional printmaking techniques fall into four categories: relief printing where the image is created by carving from a flat plane those areas which will not be part of the image, and applying ink to the raised area (e.g., woodblock); intaglio, where the image is created by removing surface and forcing ink into the negative spaces (e.g., etching); stencilling where the negative image is affixed to a fine mesh screen and ink then force through the screen (screen printing or serigraphy); and planographic printing where the image and negative area are both on the same plane (e.g., lithography). http://www.dpandi.com/DAPTTF/techs.html

The print can be produced either by hand or using a printing press and it is usually done on paper.