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A friend of mine suggested that since I am in the mode of painting singers, which not the Beatles? Well.. I am (I know.. this should be a secret) not actually a Beatles fan--probably the only one in the world who is not--but everyone--even I--know this iconic image of them crossing the street. So I figured I will try my new-found love of iPad finger paint on doing this. This actually went through 3 different iPad finger paint processes to get what I wanted and the color I wanted with the details I wanted. On my computer I had to enlarge because off of iPad it is too small and I added my name. I also added a texture to mimic paper a bit; it looked more inviting to me that way. This is painted from the Beatles Abbey Road album cover but it is not a photographic copy nor is it exactly the same; it is merely inspired by the cover photo.
When inspired by works of others before me in any fashion, this does not mean I am copying them. One can get inspired by all kinds of things but that does not mean copying and breaking laws. Many people were (still are) inspired by the Beatles even though I am not but I really liked the album cover on which they are crossing the street. There is only one way of crossing this street and everyone crosses that way--perhaps with shoes. In any case, this iPad painting was done by hand and not from a photo taken by my iPad and then painted over. Nope.
I have been a painter for over 30 years.. I don;t need a photograph to guide my hands. Note how this painting differs from the album cover in that there are no cars on the street, the sky is of my imagination, the trees are different, etc. Even their clothing colors are a bit different and the colors of the road are certainly different. They are clearly moving in my imagination and not on the album cover. :)
Digital paintings have many advantages over paintings in oil or acrylic on canvas or board. The most important of these advantages of digital over "real" is that since they were already created digitally, they will be exactly as you see them on the monitor and not flat, once they are printed on canvas! This is a frequent complaint of buyers after purchasing a print of an oil or acrylic paint on canvas since on your monitor you only see the digitally photographed version of that oil or acrylic paint. Digital photography of highly textured items like oil or acrylic paint removes all textures and make them appear flat. You don't get this problem with digital painting. You get exactly what you see! It is also green art--meaning it uses nontoxic materials and doesn't kills trees in the making!
May 14th, 2013
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