Artists have always pushed boundaries. What "can be" is more interesting and challenging than "what is." At the beginning of the year, I had a simple thought, " I wonder what painters are doing with 3D printing technology." I found little on the net. Partly because it would confuse categories, is it still a painting or is it hanging sculpture? Sculptures are not supposed to be painted are they? But I would rather explore "what can be" and figure out what to call it later!
What I wanted to do was "re-imagine" landscape painting. My process is generally - Painting - Photo - 3D Print - Painting. It begins and ends with painting. I won't go into all the challenges and dead ends, but after trying a number of software approaches, I ended up using Photoshop for the conversion to 3D. Every piece I do, ends up unique in some way because of unexplained interruptions in my plans! Kind of like life. But, I am having fun exploring some new territory. I hope you are finding some space to explore "what can be" too instead of being stuck in "what is." Blessings, Tom
Tom C. McGee, Jr.
Musings about mystery, art and spirituality.