Computer Art

An abstract painting of a CRT, keyboard, and tower in shades of purple with a blue background

Hah! I bet you were expecting me to have to be posting about computer-generated art, not art I’ve created with a computer as the subject!

This is the one piece of art I still have, and one of the few that I’m actually proud of, for all it’s imperfections. For the most part I have preferred creating technology, or sometimes using technology to enable creativity. I usually find art frustrating because I ‘try to hard’, and tend to get stressed with how it’s not looking as I wish.

This particular piece was an exception to that, and recently the Midland Public Library Makerplace hosted guest presenter Hilary Slater who showed us some interesting things with watercolour. The opportunity to ask questions was great and I learned things one normally doesn’t about art, and especially watercolours. I’m fascinated by the idea of water-on-water watercolour being about ‘letting go’ and ‘giving up control’ (quite a bit), and think it might be fun to try that type of art. Even if I don’t expect to create great art, I could use the practise in the ‘courage to give up control’ as Hilary expresses the mindset for creating watercolour art. It’s an interesting concept, and one I am curious to try.

I think one of the reasons art is important is that is part of what enables us to ‘keep going’. There is a time for ‘serious’ art, and there is a time for art that is for making us happy, and all kinds of stuff in between. I hope I can have some fun creating some ‘neat’ things that make me happy in the near future. (Ok, so I like doing that with tech too, but this is in a different way and has a different ‘feel’).

Something like the following would be really cool to be paint well enough that I was happy I was able to get ‘close for a beginner’.

Torngats Dream Watercolour. © Hilary Slater 2019.

By Daniel Dickinson

I’ve had quite an interesting (read challenging) life and managed to do some pretty good work despite all of that. On this site, however, I am mostly focused on topics that are either personal or political, rather than ‘real work’ like firmware development, web development, work history, and the various professional and hobby activities that are what far too many folks see as the only things that make a person’s life valuable or make a person’s life matter.

1 comment

  1. How wonderful that our evening of art talk/demonstrating resulted in you writing about it in your blog post!
    I agree, first and foremost we should make art to induce feelings of happiness. The results aren’t very important at all! Self-criticism isn’t a valid thought process in the creative process! Leave that to others 😉
    Thank you for sharing my art with others.
    My website is
    And my Instagram is
    -for those who are interested 🙂

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