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May 14, 2012 12:45 pm

The photograph shows a portion of my latest painting, a work in progress that will be completed soon.  Most of the people I know like a good spy thriller and there have been quite a few over the years represented in books and movies.  But how about in paintings?  What we see is a close up of a table that shows some dinner plates and silverware, along with a man’s hand holding a cigar.  The plates are unusual, with a skull image and Latin inscription.  The Latin translated says, “I could tell you but then I would have to kill you.”  Hmmm… I wonder what is going on?  Stay tuned and check back for the final painting in a month or so.

 


April 20, 2012 7:42 pm

I enjoy art that has been generated on a computer.  In the commercial world it is seen everyday in advertisements, book covers, and a thousand other graphic applications.  In the movies its artistic strength is epitomized in Avatar.  For pure art entertainment, the younger generations enjoy perusing websites on their cell phones with hundreds of images, most of which can be downloaded as a background screen.  My painting, Cyberdream Girl, is based on a digital image created by Karola Kressmayer (milanautica.com.)  Below you can see another of her high quality images.

But how do you hang computer art on the wall?  There seem to be few prints available by these artists (but see below.)  And it is interesting to think about the fact that there is no “original painting” in the classic sense. Perhaps we will see collaboration in the future with traditional artists painting an original from a digital image, as I did with Cyberdream Girl.

There are a few options presently available.  First are the book series published by Ballistic Publishing.  This is the publishing arm of the CG Society.  Their Expose’ series comes out once per year.  Very high quality but you can’t hang it on the wall.  Stephan Martinierre is a digital artist who offer prints of his work (martinierre.com.)  The website DeviantArt.com  includes both traditional and digital art.  Prints are available for some of these works.

For additional digital artists that I have enjoyed see Stefan Morrell (stefan-morrell.com), Thomas Pringle (pringleart.com), Daniel Dociu (tinfoilgames.com), and Kazihuko Nakamura (mechanical mirage.com)  

 


April 5, 2012 12:33 am

I have heard recommendations that artists develop a special unique style that they are known for.  If your paintings are all over the map, so to speak, in style and subject, then it is hard to develop the necessary subspecialty skills that help you excel, and it is hard to build a base clientele that likes a particular style.  The contrary to this advice is that artists can get stuck in a rut, and that creativity and growth comes from pushing borders and trying new things.  I try to find a balance that incorporates both of these approaches.  From the photograph, you can see my origins as an airbrush painter that started with a variety of graphic patterns on motorcycle helmets (along with one variation of the iconic flaming skull theme.)  I have moved away from graphics to bigger challenges but do hope to explore this area again someday with graphic geometric patterns on canvas – what will be my version of abstract art.  And my common theme of a photorealistic style of something that does not exist in reality leaves a lot of elbow room for variation, as can be seen from my gallery.  Future paintings that I have planned will continue to add variety to those themes.  

 


March 2, 2012 4:40 pm

Welcome to www.russelldodds.com.  This website represents both a portfolio for the artist and a place for interested art collectors to purchase limited edition prints and original paintings.  My production of art is slow and laborious.  As such, I can produce only a few paintings per year.  Thank you for your patience.  In the meantime, I have tried to produce a website that I hope you enjoy visiting from time to time, if only to browse the art, listen to some ambient music, and read my observations of art and life in my blog.  I would like to thank the following individuals:

  1. Kathy Leib – fellow airbrush artist who has encouraged me and provided valuable advice.  See her art at www.kathyleib.com.  You can also see a portrait that Kathy painted of my family in her monochromatic gallery.  See the painting titled, “Eight is Enough”.
  2. George Lee – photographer and printer.  George provides my limited edition prints.  Thanks for the high quality of your work, George.  See his creative photographs at www.georgeleefineart.com.
  3. Russ Smith – professional photographer who photographed my paintings for prints and for the web.  Excellent work, Russ.  See www.visitdsi.com.
  4. Jonathan Badger – skilled musician who had graciously allowed me to place his music on my website.  See additional music by Jon at www.jonathanbadger.com.
  5. David Locke – the graphic artist behind my logo and website.  David is meticulous, organized, and very creative.  I highly recommend him for your graphic and website needs.  See www.lockedesign.com.

Feel free to sign up for a periodic newsletter, probably a few times a year at most, since my production is limited. Please direct any inquiries, feedback, comments, and orders to info@russelldodds.com.  I plan on posting occasionally at my Facebook art site as well.  Again, thank you for your interest in my art.  Russell Dodds.

 

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