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.

6 comments:

Lights in the wake said...

Yeah, I remember that artist Christo set up hundreds of huge yellow umbrellas on the mountain pass between here and Los Angeles. I didn't think much of the idea until I saw it. I had to admit that it was pretty cool.

Hearing that you photoshop your face onto things may not, at first, sound all that cool or interesting. But I've seen the results. Seems like art to me. Just as your father's paint by numbers must have seemed like art to you. And felt like art to him.

By the way, one of those huge yellow umbrellas came loose from it's moorings in a high wind and killed some poor woman. As far as I know you have not yet killed anyone with your art.

But, as in any worthwhile endeavour, persistance is the key.

Kindness (disarms the difficult) said...

Just discovered your blog via THE Michael's creation, Freedom's Place. Currently back reading and checking out your Photoshop art. WOW. Fine art.

Tim ID said...

Lights,
Yes I remember Christo's killer art and no, my art hasn't physically harmed anyone (I can't vouch for the emotional impacts). And finally, if nothing else I am persistent.

Welcome Kindness, You are too kind, thankyou! :)

THE Michael said...

Actually, the way you blend your face into these masterpieces is an art form all it's own. I don't know exactly what the definition of art is, but I know it when I see it.

anna said...

I hope this won't offend you, but I think art should be an original creation and not just taking someone else's work and messing with it.

Tim ID said...

Thanks THE Michael, art is what moves you.

Anna, No you didn't offend me. I don't consider myself an artist. Most of the time I just mess with my own images. Sometimes I'll use a recognizable work of art, but I'm just goofing. None of the original artists have complained :)