Friday, October 31, 2008

A bit about bits of landscapes

ACEO stands for Art Card Editions and Originals. They are cards of artwork measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm), the same as a standard playing card. These small original works of art are great for collecting or displaying in small groupings.

About three years ago I started making small ACEO landscapes. It started, in a way, as a relearning process; I remembered things while making them I hadn't though of in years, because I hadn't really painted much with water colors since high school in the 1980's. My small studio and increasing sensitivity to oil paint fumes has since steered me away from the paints I loved into new ground. Or new old ground.

Yes, the titles of my recent landscape paintings are all songs from the eighties. During the 1980's I lived on a farm in a very rural area of New York State. There wasn't much to do for fun, except ride my horse over all the farms and woods, or on the endless dirt roads. Many of the landscapes and skies I saw back then were the inspiration behind these paintings- and like most of my work; they are painted from memory, not from life or photographs.

As this series continues I am beginning to run out of song titles. I may have to go into the 1990's, or better yet, go back to a simpler time 1970's? 1940's? I don't think there is a such a thing as a simpler time. Time is never simple, and neither are memories that resurface as vague watercolors

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Animation, again.

I have always been fascinated by animation, every since my sister showed me how to make a simple moving animation by drawing on the corners of the pages of a notebook. I played around with computer animation in college, back before there WAS computer animation programs like Maya and Studio Max or even Flash... it was an Amiga system, for you geeks out there.

Well, fast forward to this week, when I woke up holding on to half a dream I had of a bunny and blue bird comic. As I lay there waking up I began to think about where that idea could go and hit on the inspiration to making a series of my bunny paintings, then scan them into the computer and edit them with my basic movie making software. The result of that little experiment is here.
Inspired by my first success, I made another one today.

They aren't animation in the true sense, since there are not enough frames to make them actually "move" (if I recall right, film is 24 frames per second). But the mind tends to fill in the gaps, like seeing something with a strobe light on. The fact that these are composed of only a handful of actual paintings (14 for Blue Bird and Little White Rabbit and 16 for Bunnies Go Boum) is somehow very satisfying. There was very little computer manipulation, other than flipping some of the images and editing them together. A bit old old school animation, a bit of the new technology.

Now what to do with all the paintings I made for these almost animations...