Forest Painting Mangled (decalcomania)

1976 Forest Painting Inspires 2011 Digital Decalcomania

Forest Painting, acrylic on canvas, 31" x 51", 1976

Forest Painting, acrylic on canvas, 31" x 51", 1976

The header image for this blog is taken from a painting I did in 1976 of a section of forest immediately to the east of our cabin on Covelo Road in Mendocino County. It now hangs in the hall outside my studio (“The Putterworks”). In future posts, I may discuss this image and related works if I ever get around to writing about the drawing and painting method I dubbed “Realart” back in the early 1970s.

Thirty years later, I found that I still loved the density of shapes, the underlying composition, and the directional forces in this painting enough to want to use it as inspiration for a new digital drawing.

So I photographed it, converted that photo to black and white, then, using the Liquify filter, the Pixelate > Crystalize filter, and several other randomizing processes in Photoshop, created the following image for use as the decalcomania inspiration layer for a new drawing:

"Forest Painting" mangled for use as decalcomania inspiration

"Forest Painting" mangled for use as decalcomania inspiration

Here is the completed digital decalcomania drawing titled “Forest Mangle” completed in October, 2o11.

Inspired by a 31" x 51" color painting, this digital drawing is titled "Forest Mangle"

Inspired by a 31" x 51" acrylic painting on canvas, this digital drawing is titled "Forest Mangle"

Here is an enlargement of a small section of the finished drawing:

Detail: Forest Mangle, digital drawing

Detail: "Forest Mangle", digital drawing, 2011

There are a couple more digital decalcomania drawings in this series still to be presented. Those posts will be coming soon.

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About bobcomings

Visual artist working in wide variety of media and forms including painting, drawing , sculpture, digital drawing and painting, digital animation, and sound exploration for almost 60 years.
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