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Monday Apr 12, 2010

Creator & Destroyer

The Beach Poet (l); Guardians of the Land (r).

You may have heard, read, or watched a scene in a movie where the artist looks at his finished painting, then proceeds to splash paint all over it—obliterating the image underneath for something new. X-ray imaging technology has also proven that many of the masters routinely painted over an earlier painting; in these works we can see the pentimento—an underlying image in a painting.

One of the reasons I love working with Corel Painter and the Wacom Intuos4 drawing tablet is that I have the option to create, destroy, and create again without losing anything in the process—which is a universal constant where everything is propelled to balance the equation. This was, in fact, the equation Einstein had in mind when he pondered the still elusive theory of everything.

To illustrate my point: after completing the work on the left (The Beach Poet), I turned my digital onscreen canvas upside down, and began painting over it to create the work on the right (Guardians of the Land). No painting was needlessly sacrificed.

Tradition is good; mindless dogma is not. Remember, when Leonardo discovered the wonders of working with slow-drying oils over fast-drying egg tempura, he immediately embraced the new technology.