about Don White-Art Dreamer

me at the saints game
Comments on my artwork and it’s effect on Society:

My work is dedicated to those who are fascinated with the possibilities and vastness of space and the adventure ahead for humans as we enter the galactic playing field.  I have been obsessed with outer space for a long time – I have space doodles my Mom saved from the third grade  

My work is inspired by a long time hero of mine: Carl Sagan, who introduced us to this amazing thought “Since in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endanged by impacts from space – every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring.  Not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable – staying alive.  If our long term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds.”  In some tiny way, I hope my work starts some conversations in that direction.

Process:
I love to create art, but I can't stand trying to "think" into a blank sheet of paper....I have to fill the space with something first or my brain freezes... so, my approach starts with a mixed media process using watercolors, acrylics, and alcohol inks on a full sheet of 300# heat pressed watercolor paper to create my background (very abstract at this point). Then I take a few days or weeks to "stare" at the image until my mind begins to discern shapes and patterns where I didn't see anything before....once I feel like I know what the image wants to be, I load the high-resolution digital file into Photoshop. There I can create layers on top of the original image (without damaging the original image), and then use any of the thousands of Photoshop brushes to paint in the exoplanets, nebulae, moons, and landscapes that I see in my mind. Then I have the finished image converted a second time into a high-resolution digital file that will produce the intensely colorful pieces you see here.
 



star burst wall art in red living room
 
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