When I first heard that the Federation of Canadian Artists was holding its first ever Digital Exhibition (for works created digitally), I thought that would be perfect fit for my technical side and my creative side. A creative spark was born!
I made several attempts to create something with Photoshop, a program I use extensively to crop, combine and alter photographs prior to painting them. But the attempts I made to create an image by selectively cropping and combining photos fell flat and the painting tools just didn’t work for me. The creative spark dwindled to a small ember. The deadline was looming and I wasn’t getting anywhere.
But the idea stuck with me and I spend some surfing time browsing software that would allow you to paint directly on the computer. I found a program I liked called ArtRage and downloaded the demo. Over the next week or so, I played with the demo, experimenting with the various tools and figuring out how to get the colours I wanted out of the colour picker (where is Burnt Sienna anyway?).
Then I got some news that fanned the small ember back into a spark! The deadline for the show had been extended! I purchased ArtRage and got to work. A day and a half later, I had my first digital painting.
I submitted the finished image to the show and was accepted. Success! But wait – that meant I had to get it printed and mounted on canvas. Got that done and sent the painting in to the FCA Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver.
I was very pleased just to have met the challenge and combined my computer skills with my artistic side. So you can imagine how pleased I was to hear that my effort won an Award of Excellence in the show!
Thanks to the FCA for recognizing this new medium and holding a show to display what can be done with it.
The Okanagan provides inspiration wherever you look. I enjoy both painting on location and working in my studio. For more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org