Transformation in Digital Art

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When computers were easing its way into the homes and lives of everyday people, digital art was not recognized as a traditional art form. It’s not exactly known when graphic design found its place in the art community as a serious art medium.

As websites became the norm, graphic art became widely accepted in the technical mainstream. Over time, it has transformed into many areas. Infographics merge powerful images, charts or graphs with content. You will see digital art displayed in magazines, t-shirts, jewelry, animation, video games, apps, social media, traditional books and e-books, photo imaging and other publications and promotional products.

Computer art has become so popular that they have online websites that provide template layouts and banner creation sites like to help you produce professional images for your business or personal use. Even the use of digital photography provides unlimited possibilities to alter or manipulate images to create a picture. Fractal Art provides a new element in aesthetic value for mathematical design.

There are many types of computer software to create and enhance the digital artwork. The most popular are Adobe Suite which consists of Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and InDesign. This package helps create graphics and assists in page layout design. There is highly technical software such as Autodesk packages such as AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinoceros and Sketchbook Pro. For photo imaging, there is Corel Paintshop, Gimp, Photoscape, Paint, Phase One Capture, Pixelmator and many other options.

There are absolutely no limits. Digital technology is opening up new doors for craftsmanship and manufacturing to merge harmoniously. Three-dimensional (3D) printing is widely used within the healthcare and architecture field. It is used to create prototypes to create dental implants, prosthetics, and even artificial organs while also renderings models for modern buildings and peripheral urban landscape settings.

Digital fabrication is pushing the limits in construction technology. The art of innovation has provided designers access to research different materials that have unlimited potential and endless possibilities to new fabrication methods. With such a rapid growth in technology, one can only imagine what will be the next phase in digital art.

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Summer Vacation Getaway for Artisans: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Offers Inspiration

If you’ve never experienced the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), it is a must-see for artisans and art curators. It’s one of the largest museums in the United States and one of the ten largest museums in the world.

On your next trip to New York, you need to add the MET on your to-do list.

The museum is located at 1000 5th Avenue in Manhattan. There are over four hundred galleries throughout the main building including The Cloisters museum and garden.

Prior to your visit, you should inquire about upcoming exhibitions of interest.

Unfortunately my time was limited, so I did not get a chance to view all the areas as hoped for. When you visit, I suggest that you make it a day trip, so you’re able to experience all that the museum has to offer.  

You can easily find your way to selected galleries with guided signage or by make reservations for an assisted tour guide who will provide a detailed history of selected works as well as answer questions from group visitors.

There is a diverse selection of artworks ranging from photography; to sculptures and paintings; to musical instruments from all around the world.

The rich mixture of cultures and creativity provides a unique learning experience from the curious eyes of a child; to the aged great-grandparent who never stops exploring the awes of imagination. 

   Here is a quick glimpse into the MET museum:

  The American Wing | 73 galleries
§              Displays domestic arts of the 17thto the early 19th centuries
§              Highlights painting galleries and an enclosed sculpture court

  Ancient Near Eastern Art | 7 galleries
§            Presents varied artworks that border neighboring cultures
§            Provides a wide range of materials and dated artworks that unite a collective  visual expression.
 Arms and Armor | 11 galleries
§            Presents a collection of 800 objects on permanent display located in The John  Pierpont Morgan Wing
§           Showcases various countries from Europe, America, Japan, India and Islamic  cultures

Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas | 9 Galleries

§         Compilation over 11,000 works of art from sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific  Islands and North, Central and South America as early as 3000 B.C.E to the  present

§        Galleries are arranged by geographic regions and housed in the Michael C.  Rockefeller Wing located in the south side of the Museum

Asian Art | 54 galleries

  Featuring paintings, prints, calligraphy, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics, lacquers, works of decorative art, and textiles from East Asia, South Asia, the Himalayan kingdoms, and Southeast Asia

§       Galleries are arranged geographically and chronologically which explores the many cultures and the connection between the traditions of Asian cultures

§       Gallery installations such as Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian and Tibetan paintings are rotated every four to six months which is based on the fragility of the displays.
Egyptian Art | 39 galleries
§        Consisting of 26,000 historical objects of cultural importance dating from the Paleolithic to the Roman period

§         Entire Displays are located in the Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries of Egyptian Art in chronological order in over 39 rooms

European Paintings | 72 galleries
       The world-famous collection of European paintings covers Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Britain from ca. 1230 to 1900

  Split into two gallery suites: the Old Masters and the 19th century

European Sculpture and Decorative Arts | 55 galleries
           Revealing 50,000 objects that reflect the progression of art forms in Western European countries from the early 15th through the early 20th century

Greek and Roman Art | 27 galleries
Highlights all the materials ancient artist used to craft their artwork such as: marble, limestone, terracotta, bronze, gold, silver, and glass, as well as such rarer substances as ivory and bone, iron, lead, amber, and wood.

Objects range from small engraved gemstones, black or red-figure painted vases to larger than life-sized statues

 Islamic Art | 15 galleries
§          Featuring artwork from Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and South Asia

§          Galleries were renovated in 2011 and reorganized with modern muse logical  practices

The Robert Lehman Collection | 13 galleries

One of the most distinguished privately assembled art collections in the United States.

Features a sky lit gallery with an extension of luxurious rooms revealing velvet wall coverings, extravagant draperies, plush rugs and richly embodied furniture pieces that evoke the ambience of private interiors that recreate the Lehman family residence.

Medieval Art | 8 galleries
§         A vast collection of historical art with over 1400 objects to view in the Main Building

§        Follow through time from medieval to Byzantine Art from their roots in Celtic and the late Roman era
Modern and Contemporary Art | 30 galleries
§        Contains over 12,000 artworks from living artists in all mediums from 1900 to the present across all regions
Musical Instruments | 4 galleries
§        Displays over 800 objects in The André Mertens Galleries for Musical Instruments

§        There are two halls featured: (1) Devoted to Western instruments which is arranged by type or family; (2) non-Western instruments, grouped geographically

Medieval Art | 8 galleries
§         A vast collection of historical art with over 1400 objects to view in the Main Building
§         Follow through time from medieval to Byzantine Art from their roots in Celtic and the late Roman era
Modern and Contemporary Art | 30 galleries
§        Contains over 12,000 artworks from living artists in all mediums from 1900 to the present across all regions
Musical Instruments | 4 galleries
§         Displays over 800 objects in The André Mertens Galleries for Musical  Instruments

§        There are two halls featured: (1) Devoted to Western instruments which is arranged by type or family; (2) non-Western instruments, grouped geographically

For more info:


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198
Phone: 212-535-7710
The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park
New York, New York 10040
Phone: 212-923-3700

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Do You Ever Feel Like Squashing the Creative Bug?

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Being creative is not easy. You’re constantly thinking inside of your head. Whether you’re a painter, writer, chef, musician, dancer, actor, architect, photographer, fashion or graphic designer, you’re constantly focused and relying on your imagination to spark ideas. Everyone has the ability to be creative, but the status quo feels its child’s play. They believe once you become a certain age, you should leave the creative bug behind and become more serious in life.
It’s challenging to be perceived as a creative. The majority of the population does not value creativity and some feel there’s no need for it. It can become discouraging when you focus on the outside world. Everyone has an opinion of what they consider important or significant. It’s a distraction when you listen to the noise around you.
It can also become exhausting when the creative flow stops. It’s intimidating when you stare at a blank page or canvas; or simply can’t find the right notes for a melody. Your desire is to live with a continuous muse that overflows with inspiration.
Fortunately, the world is in need of creativity on all levels. It takes creativity and imagination to solve the problems in today’s world. It also heals and encourages others as well as ourselves. Every system needs creativity: Political, governmental, educational, financial; well you get the idea.
The world is unconsciously dependent on creativity, yet it’s not valued or appreciated. It’s through innovation that buildings are designed, products are invented and people are cured from diseases.
Modernization is the product of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and countless others who made a dent in the universe.

Yes, their products and business models were major breakthroughs that revolutionized how we communicate, yet the simplest forms of creativity are not valued. Words change lives, music or photos evoke emotions and movies teach us more about our past, present and future.
Creativity is our pathway of expression and how we view the world. It’s also the key to how we solve major problems, challenges and obstacles that society faces. Multi-dimensional problems are weaved throughout our nation, region, state, communities and personal lives. However, the solution lies in the mind of the individual.
Do you feel you’re work is undervalued or under-appreciated? Do you feel like giving up? That is not the answer. The world needs you! It’s not the time to throw in the towel or squash your creative juices. This is the time to press forward with self-assurance, motivation and focus. It’s part of your DNA. Spark the vision inside of you.

Despite the ambiguities or uncertainties of life, one must press on. Do not fall victim of stagnant enthusiasm. There is a purpose behind your art, in whatever medium, if only to be true to yourself. Maybe, just maybe, you can move the hearts of others or possibly affect one person in whom it was meant to touch in a very specific, exclusive and unusual way.

Priority Boxes Art Project – Artwork Lost in Fire

I’m disheartened to just find out that the Priority Boxes Art Project has just lost their loft space due to fire. I have followed their work since 2006. They have lost their life’s work in the fire. There was very little art that was recovered and the building is currently being demolished.

To find out more or to help in the restoration process, please go to:

How To Create Textured Art Designs

Most artists enjoy working with some form of color, shape, form, and texture or all of the above. I was thinking of a unique way to add texture to acrylic paintings or for that matter any type of art whether it’s working with paint, paper or clay. Be creative in whatever medium you choose.

I thought using sugar, salt, sand or glitter would be an interesting substance to work with within a piece of artwork.  It can be used prior to painting the work or sprinkled over the project after painted.

How to: Using Paint

§  Apply a transparent glue on the canvas
§  Sprinkle sugar, salt, sand or glitter onto the canvas randomly
§  Let dry overnight
§  Paint on the canvas as usual.
§  You will need to use a special set of brushes which you don’t mind using for this stand-alone project.

How to: Using Paper or Cardboard
You can use pennies as a form of 3D pop art which I used on creating a vision board.

§  Simply apply a permanent glue as an adhesive between the object and base.
§  Align the amount of pennies needed to create dimension sandwiched between the base and the object.
§  Glue accordingly.
§  This technique works well on small projects no larger than 11 x 12 area.

How to: Using Clay 

§  Use marbles, jacks, jewelry beads, string or yarn to mix into the batch of clay

§  Mold as desired.

           For more inspiration, go to: Sand Textured Landscapes or Textured Designs