Casting Art to the Net
My website is free and free of commercials. I do however, promote links to other sites for edification or because I support them or because they help me personally in some positive way. My goal is to help others. It has been my great honor and pleasure to assemble this Web collection of my works and words with various Net links for everyone to enjoy.
I'm proud of my work and showing my art lifts my spirit. I want my website to help others like it helps me. An artist finishes their work, but it's an
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God's Art awakens our senses and can help heal our soul, just like words can. Isaiah 53:5
God is the reason I have survived, the reason I have a loving family and is the reason I have this art to display to the Net. God inspires and helps me every step of the way. And Jesus Christ is the only reason I will survive the new heaven and new earth.
Art & Exposition
Photo credit: Phoebe Chen
art awakens the senses
composing reflections from life's reasoned fences
encoded skill and mind is the foundry
beyond the grip of night's emotional boundary
I have divided my art into two phases... before and after retirement. Retirement is a significant lifestyle paradigm shift not unlike being born again. Not that I didn't enjoy and love my careers at times but retirement is a significantly stress reduced emotional phase shift that I affectionately think of as freedom's elation!
My featured phase one works are posted in groups instead of chronological order and with the exception of my first computer generated artwork HummerHead, only reference the year created for obvious "I'm too old to remember what month" reasons.
Thanks to folks such as the people and friends supporting APOD (started June 1995 and still running)... we have at our Internet fingertips an impressively large quantity of very high quality artistic and scientific images from the seeable universe. These are wonders to behold and some would argue enough for our astronomical appetite. But for others the thought of exploring space from the comfort of a faster than light starship is a bit more palate pleasing. However, travel to even our closest stellar neighbor is well beyond a reasonable human journey today. But these space traveling dreams so many of us have likely indicate possibility. I believe we look and outreach with hope to the heavens because it's part of our nature. How the distant star trekking dream is fulfilled who can say... maybe heaven has the answer!
life’s flame burns like fusion
propagating emotion like starlit nebulae
who can hide from its beckoning
to the stars… onward outward… ever reaching
for love's reward
1978 - Acrylic and ink on acetate with background photographic print
This is my rendition of Ed White's historic 1965 spacewalk. The above space traveler was drawn with black ink on one side and painted on the opposite side with acrylic in the fashion of early animation cel production. Today's production animation is predominantly done with computers eclipsing this hand labor process.
1977 - Acrylic and ink on acetate
This animation cel started as a drawer handle sketch and evolved. It's called Balance due to its compositional symmetry. The inspiration stems from experienced personal relationships and a decorative drawer handle. If you look closely at the center of the image (see detail) you will notice two separate humanoid heads merging together to form a third... two looking toward the center and one looking at you, three perspectives from one source... Kind of like how two people in marriage can act as one... and if you will indulge me, a symbolic model of the Christian Holy Trinity.
This was my first work in this medium (animation cel)... I found it when cleaning out my files while sheltering in place. I had mistakenly painted George's pants yellow before I painted the Yellow Submarine so I opted to paint the submarine tail red instead of starting over.
1979 - Acrylic and ink on acetate
I enjoy working with animation cel construction. This piece was especially fun because I love motorcycling! "And I'm hovering like a fly, waiting for the windshield on the freeway..." lyric quote from the band Genesis, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, released 1974 - The highlight that I painted on Ken's windshield reminds me of the inevitable bug collisions experienced on a motorcycle. I reckon it's a good argument for a full face helmet...
1982 - 11x14 Lithograph
I printed several of these. I did the entire graphics production including sketch, pen and ink, rubylith color overlay, grayscale screens, camera ready mechanical, graphic arts camera work and printing on a 1250 Multilith offset printing press.
I love drawing this dragon! It's art therapy for me. This is my first pen and ink of this guy. I found it along with its initial pencil drawing when cleaning out my files while sheltering in place. I finally came up with a name for this mischievous evil looking creation. His name is COVID, after the pandemic we've been dealing with. It helps to have a tangible shape to battle an invisible enemy. And we're always battling evil in this fallen world. When evil rears its ugly head we need God and perseverance to win the war. Psalms 23:4
1980 - Metal Etching/Carving
I made two of these (left and right) for my 1979 Kawasaki LTD 1000 motorcycle (below). The two holes align with a gas tank mounting bracket. It started as a pen and ink drawing that was etched in magnesium then I carved it out of the etch panel and painted it gold to match the LTD's blue and gold pinstriping.
This painting is the third of a set of three storyboard watercolors that were inspired by Gandalf's Fireworks at Bilbo's Magnificent Party from The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.
This Log Cabin Church painting is my personal favorite work. My adopted mom always said this was my masterpiece. I discovered this beautiful church in 1973. I saw the two buildings as reflecting the Christian Bible "Old Testament" (log cabin) - the Tabernacle was built of cloth and wood, Exodus 26, and "New Testament" (stone building) - "Matthew 16:18 NIV. The ghostly shadow in the painting that's approaching the front of the stone church is symbolic of the evil that constantly challenges us all, Romans 12:21. I took artistic license there and replaced the road that runs directly in front, (see pencil drawing). The original church was held in the small log cabin. The stone church was built later as the congregation grew larger.
From Light to Red, White and Blue
God is our light. In 1981 the stone church front doors were green but they have since been painted red. Red is the better color for the doors because red symbolizes Jesus's life and purpose. (Jesus's blood is our "door" to Heaven.) I see the color white, like at the log cabin doors, rock church building and clouds, as symbolizing the Father since white reflects all colors from light (God is reflected in everything throughout the universe. He is the Artist with the largest palette and singular divine infinite and perfect skill.) I see the color blue as symbolizing the Holy Spirit like the sky all around us. (God's Spirit interacts with us constantly like the air we breathe... when we are "still", He is readily apparent.) Psalms 46:10
Red, White and Blue... sounds familiar doesn't it. Our great country was founded on religious freedom. But lately, our foundation is being challenged. The radical left is undermining our religious and other fought and died for freedoms. In a nutshell, they want to cancel our freedom to think and act differently from themselves.
1971 - Original pencil sketch
2008 - Wacom Intuos3 Drawing Tablet, MS Paint
This work was a study for a Christmas card. The three stars are symbolic of the Trinity. Santa is symbolic of us humans. I incorporated a fish in Santa's hat. The early Christians used a fish symbol to represent themselves as followers of Jesus. The dragon's head in the beard is symbolic of the evil that we deal with in this life's world. Revelations 12:9
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." 1 John 4:18 NIV
The overall Portal theme is that Christ's legacy lives throughout time. Even the Old Testament prophesied Jesus; i.e., Micah 5:2.
Grasp and balance as in "Get a Grip". Reach out from darkness and hold fast to the light offered by Jesus Christ. Our world is spinning and moving and has been gradually slowing down since shortly after its creation. Our time here is numbered so we shouldn't be satisfied with all we have learned... the Earth will too soon blanket this life in quiet solace. Isaiah 65
Who of age has not pondered life’s destination... whether it's to a final resting place or another beginning. And who doesn't want truth as the foundation of reason. John 18:37
Believing in something does not make it real... we humans are not that powerful. Truth makes a something real. Truth is what we seek and humility is what we should know. John 4:23
climbing the tree John 3:16-21
what to see
dare i aspire
a journey higher
to find key
beyond the lee
stars of fire
twigs of pyre
every soul be
on bended knee
light we acquire
evil will expire Revelations 21:1-8
"No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you." Luke 11:33-36 NIV
Commodore Amiga 3000, Imagine 2.0 software - This work won honorable mention in a national Computer Animation competition for the Amiga computer. Unfortunately, this digitized video is made from a VHS tape recording. I no longer have the Amiga computer this was built on that would provide a sharper image.
The overall theme for HummerHead is that much of our inspiration and inventiveness comes to us by studying nature. When we do finally realize how to build a starship, it will be with God's help.
This is the beginning of the second and final phase of my art which includes new works, major updates to website composition and significant webpage improvements. All and all, the after effects of freedom's elation! (my favorite retirement emotion)
So far, I'm posting my new artwork in chronological order... but that may change after I accumulate more works.
January 2020 - Net Circuit Board
This is a raster graphics image of my career final PCB design. It's a pseudo partial "X-ray" rough representation of a cable modem Internet circuit board assembly. The actual production graphics data is rendered in a CAD tool then manufactured from multiple individual layers of copyrighted proprietary vector graphics artwork (not shown here). You might have a "real" one of these in your home.
March 2020 - Watercolor
I originally started drawing this dragon in 1971 (see Dragon One). He's always been full of mischief, but I hadn't thought about naming him until deadly COVID-19 hit. I decided to name this guy COVID, after the pandemic we've been battling. This familiar old subject gets me back in the painting saddle after a long hiatus. I will render this same subject in ink and acrylic on acetate next (see Flames below).
April 2020 - Acrylic and ink on acetate
This animation cel character painting cartoon of COVID was another post-retirement refresher project for me. One thing that you might find interesting about painting on transparent acetate is that the cartoon is viewed from the opposite side that the paint is applied so that the brush strokes aren't visible. That means the highlights are painted first then background last. For example, the flames' red highlights were painted first, orange second and yellow background last. So that in viewing from the opposite side through the clear acetate, the red highlights appear to be on top. In contrast, on canvas and illustration board, two common examples, paint is normally applied background first and highlights last.
August 2020 - Ink on acetate
This is the second step in producing an animation cel. The first step that I do is a pencil sketch on paper then trace the sketch using a rapidigraph pen or ink brush on the acetate as shown above. The $1.00 cotton garden glove with thumb and two fingers removed is the same one I've used since my Beatles painting. The glove protects the acetate from my skin and the fingers are cut out to help with drawing and painting control.
In the early days, there was usually an assembly line team of artists employed to produce each individual cel for a commercial production animated film. First an animator would sketch broad step character positions on paper and cel artists would trace the sketches and bridge the motion sequence between the animator's broad step sketches with ink on acetate. The cels were then painted with acrylic by cel painting artists.
September 2020 - Acrylic and ink on acetate
This is the third and final step in producing a cel. This painting is a present for my toddler granddaughter. She loves this Disney character and calls her "Ariel Mermaid". This work actually combines my Princess Ariel cel with my Sebastian and Flounder cel to make a single picture frame from two cels. Since acetate is transparent, multiple production cel artists were able to work on separate characters at the same time then overlap them for one camera film frame. Typically there are 24 individual camera frames per second of animated film. Disney's first feature length animated film, Snow White (released 1937), contains hundreds of thousands of drawings done by a crew of 750 artists. This traditional by hand labor intensive method of animation has since been outdated by computers.
Princess Ariel, Sebastian and Flounder are copyrighted by Disney.