Corporate Meeting Results

doodles_lowresI need to be on full alert in some meetings that I attend at work, while some other meetings require just listening in at a reduced level of alertness. When attending teleconferences of the latter kind, sometimes I make use of the spare capacity, get my graphics tablet out, and doodle around with Artrage. I like these six doodles shown here, which I drew in order from top left to bottom right.

Each is a very simple random doodle, filled with plain colour. None has any artistic merits, but I like the fact that you can see a plan emerging from a random doodle top left, to something like a flower bud in the bottom right. Oh, and I also like the bold colours.

The plan improves and colours are chosen more considerately, as I move from doodle to doodle. Predictably yet frustratingly, the spontaneity of the first doodle is lost. I need to learn combining the spontaneity of the first with the planning of the last.

Time to join more meetings. Bring it on!

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A Project Proposal

DSC_0239No This Week I’ve Been Mostly Eating this week. I am stuck in a studio apartment with a tiny kitchenette and mediocre equipment. Cooking is limited to salads, sandwiches, pasta with simple sauces. Not very exciting.

Instead, let me tell you about an arts project idea that came to my mind:

You start by talking to those people who make the colour mixing machines found in the paint departments of supermarkets, D.I.Y. stores and hardware stores. Dulux comes to mind, but others have pretty daughters colours, too. Somehow, you make them surrender their colour mixing statistics: on this day, we produced 5 litres of a paint made of 3% apricot and 1% lime, and 2 litres coloured with 1% ochre and 0.5% bright red (plus the bulk in white), etc.

You’d collect this statistical data over a long time, preferably a year, and preferably in different countries and continents.

Then, you go and chose a colour chart. I like the idea of using a standard IT8.7 target, but some of the fancier colour rendering index methods with all colours of the rainbow, arranged maybe in a circle, could be a good start.

Next, you devise an algorithm that lets you plot this chart, distorted by the statistical data retrieved. For example, one might expect that bright yellow and lime colours play a larger role in spring than maybe in summer, or one might expect that ochre and beige shades play a larger role in California than in England. Will the winter be predominantly dark or bright?

It seems plain to me, even though I won’t normally shy away from making an effort, that this is a tiny little bit too large for me. I guess this could be a digital art major project for one or two students, for example, so if anyone out there reads this and plans on doing it, good luck, and be sure to show me the results.


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Alle Viere

alleViere I couldn’t just leave it at that, could I?

So, here are four suggestions to chose from, but again, I am happy to learn about your wildest boar thoughts.

So, here we have a cool Sau on holidays (Mallorca Sau?), a Swiss Sau (in the Animal Farm production of Wilhem Tell), a victorious Sau, and a cocktail Sau.

The swiss and the victorious ones are my favorites, with the swiss being ahead in the race for sympathy ever so slightly.

It’s your say now.

(Click the thumbnail for a larger version)


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My Versatile Sau

halali Today’s post is for everyone to see and comment of course, but it is dedicated to The Sister. Rather obvious, I find. Will phone later.

Here’s another one of those ArtRage sketches. While I try to figure out what to do with die Sau, one of you might be able to tell me how to spell Halali! correctly. Suggestions regarding the Sau are also most welcome.

It could just stand there as far as I am concerned; I like the greenish fur. I am not opposed to more radical ideas though. The Sau could be part of piece of party finger food (Wildschweinspiesschen) – I think I like that, too. Cherry on top and all that. Or it could be in an Animal Farm production of Wilhelm Tell (apple on top). Or it could be a price-winning Sau, with a collar and crown from laurel and oak.

The more I think about it, the more I like it, my versatile Sau.

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When the Milk Goes Off…

the milk goes off Here’s another one of those sketches made with ArtRage. I shall let you know when I have turned it into a real oil painting. The 12×16″ canvas is already right next to me, and much of the painting is well under way.


When the Milk Goes Off is, I think, the right title.


ArtRageous Ideas

bite!I told you about ArtRage before, but just in case you missed it: ArtRage is a dead cheap ($25) and maximum fun computer program that actually knows about painting, rather than computer-graphics and design. Well, I suppose it must know a lot about the latter, too, but the point is that it is a lot of fun painting with ArtRage.

It's not the real thing of course. It doesn't smell of Turpentine and dammar to begin with, and it doesn't quite provide the satisfaction obtained from real brush and canvas work, but it is as close as it gets on a computer screen.

I have recently re-discovered ArtRage, added a small Wacom Bamboo Fun graphics tablet to my kit, and played around with ArtRage by way of sketching and trying out of ideas. For this, I find the tool fantastic.

So, here's a sketch for a future painting that I made with ArtRage. I think I might call it Bite, Carp, Bite! but suggestions are most welcome. You can click the little image on the left for a larger version.