The Fingers of the Digital

I sincerely hope, dear readers, my post can live up to the clever title.

One of the nice things about writing, especially online, is you can magically take the reader to see the world from a thousand year time span. A mere thousand years ago a creative image needed to be embodied into physical object, be it a painting, stone sculpture, wood carving, etc.

Then (as they say) came photography. Those invested in painting tenaciously argued it to be a mere mechanical trick, a cheating machine, not worthy of a true art form. Of course on our insightful perch of the 21st century we can see the early detractors were misguided at best. Along with photography came its offspring, moving pictures, later to grow up into the culturally influential cinema.

Then (as they say again) came digital. Actually the idea of digital encoding of a creative product. Film can not last and has a limited life as a vessel of culture. Indeed multiple efforts are underway to digitize the most important creative work on film, be it cinema or visual photographs. But the most important thing about the nature of digital is that it can liberate the visual artist from the object.

I wasn’t sure that showing things that are in progress was a good thing or not, then decided in favor. I’ve got several things going but one thing that I’m sort of energized about is building mandala like meditative images that can be re-produced. Below is just to show something visual and give the tired brain a break from the verbose. I usually work on several things at a time. This is still in an evolving state.

Mandala in Progress
Unfinished mandala showing its life before completion, July 9, 2020.

I only wish I had a picture of a garden to insert here so I could include it with my new poem:

Things look great, the garden’s growing. Santa Claus is busy hoeing.

That has nothing to do with anything, but I just thought it was somewhat important to include.


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