“All the News”

“All the News” (©️Robin King)

Several weeks ago – before my most recent (and unexpected) absence from art & the internet – I uploaded “All the News” to my Redbubble Shop.

There’s so much news! Some is good; most isn’t. Some is objectively important to how we navigate our days; most isn’t. But it arrives, wave after wave of words and images. There are times when it threatens to overwhelm, to swallow us in the information maelstrom.

When I composed this piece I deliberately restricted the news aspect of it and allowed the face to be prominent. Yes, the effects of the “tide” are there but they don’t overwhelm, not entirely. The image is a digital collage that incorporates three photographs and one layer of digital painting. If you think you see a paint palette in there (with acrylic paint smeared on it), you’re right.

“All the News” is available as open edition prints and stickers. Here’s a direct link: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/93859197

Shifting Art Gears: Time to Touch the Colors Again

“Cry Day” – photography/digital collage (©️Robin King)

Lately I’ve spent my art-time – what there is of it! – experimenting on my iPad. It’s not an iPad Pro and its storage capacity is limited, but that’s OK. Having to find workarounds adds to the enjoyment for me. 

The basic structure of the experiment is that I create 1000x1000pixel images. That’s small enough not to take up too much storage space but large enough to post on Instagram without bad blurriness

Using only the Autodesk Sketchbook app and my existing photos I’ve created several multilayer images – nearly all faces. It’s been great fun and I’ve discovered new ways to use the app that I plan to apply to other imaging apps, on my desktop. Success!

But this morning I walked by a scramble of barely-used Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils sitting under a box of tempera sticks and my fingers wanted to grab all of them. It’s time to take a break from pixels and use some traditional materials: I need to touch the colors!

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Here are a few of the other images I’ve made or re-edited recently and posted on Instagram:

“Papers, Please” (©️Robin King)
“Fear tastes like a rusty knife…” John Cheever (©️Robin King
“Blue Tuesday” (©️Robin King)