Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Paint by numbers
One of my father's hobbies was painting those paint-by-number kits you could buy at K-Mart. He mainly painted horses and a few landscapes He was actually pretty good at it. The framed horse paintings hung on the walls of our family room for years while I was growing up.
I suppose in the purest sense, it wasn't really art. But it made him happy.
I feel the same way about my Photoshop creations. Sure I'm simply slapping my face on someone else's painting and making a few clicks of the mouse. But damn it is kind of fun. And there is an art in doing it in a way that isn't totally obvious. Plus it fulfills my rich fantasy life of being famous or infamous (delusions of grandeur?).
I am easily pleased. But hey, some people drape fabric along a stretch of highway and call it art. At least I'm building on the classics.
We art what we art through art.