digital and traditional painting / original printmaking / whimsical be-real-ism
RICHARD (RICK) LORENZ – German born – Louisiana artist and creator of the popular series – ‘BE THE BIRD’
“In the realm of all things symbolic…birds and feathers have held a certain fascination for me. My earliest drawings as a toddler were of birds and flying. Indeed, I drew every kind of bird imaginable. Self taught, working mostly in oils, I consumed the works of Audubon and other notable ornithologists both past and present. 1998 was memorable with my winning entry in the prestigious Louisiana Duck–Stamp competition.
Birds have always represented a more ethereal realm of freedom and liberation. Feathers have a long and illustrious history, beginning with the earliest of civilizations. In Egypt for example, the feather represented the word ‘TRUTH’. Just as Truth can ‘set you free’, feathers may give flight to the Truth within.
My series – ‘BE THE BIRD’ – is a whimsical bird’s eye view…of the real YOU.”
‘ you already have wings…BE THE BIRD!’
DIGITAL PAINTING TECHNIQUE
What about ‘digital painting’? The time has come…and it is now, digital technology has become refined enough that traditional painters are able to make use of this new digital palette as a new painting medium. Digital painting uses the latest painting software (not to be confused with photo manipulating software) to translate physical properties of traditional painting into a virtual representation of the painting process.
’Digital Painting’ is just that…a 100% virtually painted image. A virtual representation of of a traditional painting method using a digital device, such as a Wacom tablet (to represent the blank canvas/paper) and a digital stylus (to represent the brush/pen/pencil, etc.). The final digital painting is a file on the computer, the original template by which the painting can be realized…printed on canvas or paper.
So…the next hurdle to wrap your mind around. If there is no physical painting…where is the original!? The ‘digital painting’ does not exist in the real world until it is ‘produced’ or printed onto canvas or paper. Maybe a better example…‘digital photography’…the photographer captures an image with a digital device, then manipulates that image using photo editing software, then saves that image as a digital file on his computer. This file is the template for his image to be realized in the traditional sense…printed on paper or canvas. Voila! These multiple images then come into existence as original signed and numbered pieces of art.
Originals are produced as the highest quality image possible in the industry today, using archival ultrachrome inks (lasting 200 years and more) and acid free canvas. This canvas is then enhanced with further texture and traditionally painted details by the artist. The canvas is finished with 2 coats of UV resistant acrylic clear coat for further protection.
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