Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bob Dornberg

The June 2009 Digital Color Artist of the Month is Bob Dornberg. Dornberg was born in Los Angeles in 1940. He and his twin brother, Ken, had painted with their dad since an early age. Dornberg was inspired by Rempel in high school to explore juxtaposition, and by Elgart and Amato at UCLA to paint anything and to do it a lot. Over the last 12 years he has produced over 950 oil paintings. Images of his work appear on websites of poetry, in printed publications and on book covers.

His paintings develop composition through relations of shapes, dark and light patterns, rhythm and color relations. His subjects are slices of life development after Degas, Diebenkorn, Vuillard and Monet.

New Contemporary Artists and Galleries
The following artists registered in the last month. To view the work of an artist enter the artist's name at To see these most recent artists go to

1. Moira Buchanan. Explores personal interaction with the painting medium. She constantly adds and subtracts oil paint on the surface, whilst incorporating organic and figurative matter. This act of destruction and creation creates a paradox which captures the artist's subconscious and psyche.
2. Meg MacKenzie. An emerging photographer for a few years now. She studied art at York University.
3. Sajjad Ahmed. A visual artist living and working in Pakistan. He graduated from Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan in 2007. In the short time of two years, his work has become sought after by international curators, institutions and art buyers.
4. Tom Repasky. A pioneer in digital fine art with a surrealist orientation. He has been producing works of intricate detail and thought provoking composition since 1995
5. Dutchartistjelke van Beekveld. Creator from the new art style -- spacingart. Born Eindhoven in the Netherlands province of North Brabant, he is an industrial and art academy trained painter

Eugene Becker, Judy Puckett, Joseph DiSipio, Calico, Kevin Barr, David Derr and Gilbert Abric have added new artwork to their galleries.

My uncle John died this month. An epitaph:

Which of the two, when God and John meet,
Will occupy—you ask—the judgment seat?
Sure, our old friend—each one of us replies—
Will justly dominate the Grand Assize:
He’ll seize the scepter and ascend the throne,
Claim the Almightys thunder for his own,
Trump the Last Trump, and the Last Post postpone,
Then, if his strong prerogative extends
To passing sentence on his sinful friends,
Thus shall we supplicate at Heaven’s high bar:
Be merciful! You made us what we are;
Our jokes, our joys, our hopes, our hatreds too,
The outrageous things we do, or want to do—
How much of all of them we owe to you!
Send us to Hell or Heaven or where you will,
Promise us only you’ll be with us still:
Heaven, without you, would be too dull to bear,
And Hell will not be Hell if you are there.

Monday, May 4, 2009

David Derr

David Derr
New Jersey artist David Derr is the May 2009 Digital Color Artist of the Month. David has been drawing since he was a small child. He attended the Art Students League in the 1970s and studied life drawing. His passion for life drawing continued as a primary focus for nearly 10 years while he made a living as an artists' model and freelance commercial artist. Derr heads up his own design agency, D2 Studios Inc. Commercial success has never dimmed, in fact, has brought into sharper focus, his love for fine arts, and his expression of deep personal imagery.

His images explore what it is to be an imaginative thinking human being. The visual arts, music, dance, literature, myths, mysticism, spirituality and the sciences as well as everyday life all contribute in the creation of his images. He creates paintings that not only reflect his thoughts but engage the viewer to look deeper into their own thoughts and find the depths to each piece that are not initially apparent. To David, painting is not about technical expertise, but about creating a space where both the creator and the viewers' creative thoughts are set free to explore unexpected paths. His works are created in oil, mixed media and digital forms.

New Contemporary Artists and Galleries
The following artists registered in the last month. To view the work of an artist enter the artist's name at To see these most recent artists go to

1. Kevin Rogerson. Rich, bold colors, texture and the effects of light and shadow.
2. Kim Leutwyler. Large scale figure paintings.
3. Jury Novikov. Realistic oils from the Ukraine.
4. Teddy Bozhinov. Pet and animal portraits from Bulgaria.
5. Hassan Hamroush. Cubist drawing.
6. Suman Kabiraj. Surrealistic narrative paintings from India.
7. Anny Cheong. Advertising design.
8. A Santos. Digital art, portraiture and image manipulation.
9. Shefqete Avdush Emini. Figurative abstract expressionism from Holland.

Joseph DiSipio, Judy Puckett, Eugene Becker, Kevin Barr and Calico have added new artwork to their galleries. Joseph's new work uses infrared film, lith prints, tri-x film, frosted glass and selenium tones.

Dark Skies
Dark Skies is an annual Fire Art and burn festival held during the spring new moon near the Grand Canyon. Nightmare Nevada, Gurrwolf and Junior created the Harvesters to burn at the festival. They are three Icons each about twice the size of a man: the Creeper, the Reaper and the Collector. They were positioned in the Burn Bowl in front of the Pagoda Arch. The Creeper had fangs and triangle and square teeth, and an elongated arm stretched out way in front of him all the way to the ground. The Reaper held a scythe on a long pole that extended far above his head. The Collector held a sickle and had pumpkin like head with a green stem growing out of it. The papier-mache in the work was glazed in places so that parts of the sculptures looked to be metal. The Harvesters were dressed in black corduroy shirts and green burlap scarves and hoods. They had elbows and knees and even joints in their fingers and toes all bent in a balanced way.

The Harvesters burned before midnight Saturday. The paper and paint flashed and the cloth went up in flame leaving burning wood skeletons. Their skeletons were wood, built bone by bone. This made their skeletons more in common with humans than their outsides, and they did look more human after burning for a while, but still monstrous. The Reaper's scythe collapsed in the inferno, landing on the Creeper and bringing it down. The Collector's rib cage and mask glowed orange. His head fell off and rolled in front of us. Gurrwolf reached for the head, picked it up by a stick sticking out of it and held it aloft triumphantly as it continued to burn.

The disassembled Pagoda Arch burned pre-dawn Sunday. It was built by Pallet Man. It was 16 feet high and 20 feet wide. It was 65 pallets in the making. It looked like Stonehenge. It made seven piles of pallets stacked 1-3 high with lots of extra wood to keep the bonfires going. People rode a bicycle around the bonfires while they were burning.

Artistic Interaction
The Santa Fe Art Colony held its 20th annual Open Studio event on the first weekend in May. That weekend has been designated as the permanent Open Studio date, when residents of the colony open their private studios to the public. Upcoming Southern California Art Walks, Open Studio Tours & Art Festivals can be found on the Digital Consciousness Art Calendar.

Ad-free Galleries With No Commission
Artists with Digital Consciousness Gallery Service can create and edit on-line galleries from a control panel. These galleries contain no ads and are among the most prominent pages on Digital Consciousness. Artists may sell artwork from their galleries free of commission. Gallery Service requires registration and $30 a year. Registration is free and registered artists may create an Artist Page without purchasing Gallery Service. Registered Artists can use the Edit link at the bottom of their Artist Page to edit their Artist Page or to upgrade to Gallery Service.