Nada Monster


Nada Monster in an Abstract Landscape

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This digital decalcomania is the most recent one that is built on a montage of fragments from a painting on masonite titled Ghost Girl’s Legacy. I began that painting in 1992 and after struggling with it I decided to abandon it.

I hung it on our south fence behind a large quince bush and forgot it about for almost 25 years. After a pruning, the quince bush let the old painting peek out at me. I was struck right away with how beautiful it was… so full of potential. I took many digital photos of it that I have used numerous times to build the decalcomania layer in my digital paintings.

It is a very rich resource that quickly prods my mind for imaginings. I always need to paint what I have not seen before, yet this old recycled decalcomania resource has proved to excite my eyes every time it shows up. It feels like it is brand new.

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Baybark Face(es): a digital decalcomania


Baybark Face(s)

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The bay tree outside our kitchen is more than 100 years old. On the north side of its thick trunk is a huge healed circular scar. The way that the bark healed some time long ago it created a most beautiful mandala. I photographed it with my digital camera then manipulated the image in Painter 2018 by actively drawing or painting into the existing content whatever it suggested to my imagination.

Sometimes I think of this method as a kind of oracle: showing me a dream while I am awake.

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Twig Study: any side = Up!


Digital Decalcomania: Twig Study, April 2018

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Above is my most recent digital decalcomania project. I took several quick snapshots of my wonderful stripped birch twig collection. I montaged them together using heavily  feathered selections to create new possibilities and to make sure the various snapshots worked well together. Then I used the resulting image as the decalcomania texture to stimulate my imagination and on which to build the finished digital painting.

In Painter 2018, I used the brush named: Just Add Water and the brush named: Digital Airbrush Detail to massage the decalcomania texture until it pleased me. The whole time I worked at 200% magnification so I could see any artifacts and be certain of the quality of the edges I was giving to the twigs.

Next I printed a hard copy. That was when I discovered that this image can be viewed with any of its four sides up and the composition remains successful.

Blogging footnote: I cannot believe how much time has elapsed since my previous post!

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Coloring Book – Decalcomania


Redwood Rail Fun Guys – click on image for larger view

This decalcomania began as a photo of fungi trails and stains on a redwood deck railing. After a couple Photoshop operations to isolate and emphasize the patterns, I opened it in Corel Painter where I used my favorite brush, “Just Add Water,” and after two days of coloring this almost empty world appeared. Hardly any faces here.

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A bit better piece


This is titled “Decalco Fields Galore.” It was done right after the REJECTED image. The artist likes it much better than the rejected image. Click image for larger view.

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The Eyes Have It – final

Here is the final state of my digital decalcomania twig-based project. It was great fun to do.

When I begin hallucinating on the decalcomania layer, I never know what visual themes will show up, let alone dominate, the composition. This time it was “Eyes” for sure. Hence the title.





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The Eyes Have It – digital decalcomania


The Eyes Have It (detail of digital decalcomania project 300 ppi)

This digital painting was begun over a photo of a portion of my Twig Collection, which has recently filled my studio with visually exciting wiggly white lines of varying diameters and length – all are birch and holly twigs obsessively and lovingly stripped of their bark back in the 1990s.

I smile every time I see them. They have always made me feel wealthy.

My next post will be the full composition.

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