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Humor, Faith and Artwork
by Nicholas McCumber
Hu,or? I bet you see it. You read the word, "Humor", likely understand its meaning, despite the coma instead of the "m". That coma is an "intentional error", by me. I have faith you might either find excuses for not smirking or laugh. If you do neither - then I goofed.
Why is it OK to laugh? The Mona Lisa is smiling in most discussions about her painting. What is she smiling about? The Good Lord laughs, we were made in His image, so isn't laughter natural to us?
I say He was guffawing during the first six days of creation (at least) to have made a place with the benign humor as this universe. Take the human body, for example. It's a copy of the Good Lord's body - or should I say bodies - male and female? Consider a major part of the body--the leg. Humans use it to move forward and little else. Humans don't move sideways or backward most of the time. Walking could be done without a knee but that is much trickier. Stilt walkers prove the knee is not a walking requirement. I could describe the silliness of the step in lengthy detail. What do you think stilt walkers joke about in bars? - but this is an Art Blog. I won't bother with the ridiculousness of the step or what it might betray about the Good Lord and His outlook on life. Suffice it to say that He has a fine sense of humor.
Likewise with true Art. Artists have finely developed senses of humor. They must play with their medium, whatever it is, exuding humor wittingly or not -- but creating things for audiences to run and dance with. Artists smile as mysteriously as the Mona Lisa.
And there's humor oozing out again but this time on the giving end. It's coming toward and from the audience at the same time but at different speeds depending on the source. Like Humor and Faith, Art's exact nature these days depends upon the audience's perception; not on technique.
©2016 by Nicholas McCumber
I am a self taught Digital artist living in Mumbai.You could say i am an "accidental artist", as I discovered my passion for it only when i was trying to put a collage of images together for a rather large soft pastel piece I was working on and decided to learn the computer software that would help me do it. And I was absolutely taken with the number of possibilities this particular medium presented! Not having formal training even for using computer, leave alone in Digital image creation or any such discipline, I feel it has actually helped me "grow" in my own unique way. Experimentation being the key word here, I have learnt, by trial & error, to use the programs harnessing my creativity and it has helped me forge my unique identity in the field.
I have now been creating Digital art in Giclee Limited Edition print form for 7 years. it has been a gradual learning process but as an artist, I feel I have now evolved. I can now work tapping into my subconscious or alternatively have a goal and work towards achieving it consciously. Earlier when i created Digital art, it was the subconscious directing the process of creation. But as I grow older and more comfortable in my Digital Artist's shoes, so to speak, I now increasingly find that I am able to take control and influence the outcome at a much earlier stage than earlier times. I am, in fact, even able to carry out a definite idea and shape it into a form. Usually I start creating a series when a particular subject captures my imagination. When I start, a few pieces may follow in quick succession usually followed by a hiatus. Sometimes, I have gone back to a series after as long a break as a year or even two. There is no definite pattern. I keep adding to each of these until I feel I have exhausted what I have to say or portray. That is how I see it and that is all I can say about all my existing series.
I mostly use Photoshop, Apophysis, Gimp & a liberal dose of creativity for creating my images.
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