“I would rather try to capture an idea visually than try to draw something that already exists…” D.W.
Don White is a self-trained, contemporary abstract painter and color artist who currently resides in St Paul, Minnesota. Don has been creating art in various forms throughout his life - spontaneously doodling and coloring since grade school to express ideas and concepts...What if gravity pushed instead of pulled?....What if empty space wasn't really empty?...What if color was just sound at a higher frequency?.....an approach that is more about ideas than it is about things..... His work is exhibited monthly in several established on-line galleries and is permanently placed in private collections from Las Vegas, Nevada to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
....Color is already everywhere in our lives, as close to us as the air we breathe...If you love intense, vibrant colors that are brought together in unexpected relationships.....colors so intense and vibrant that people often stop and stare.....then you might like this body of work.
Description and process:
Digital outer space paintings of intensely colorful astronomical themes exo-planet landscapes, nebulas, moons, and imaginary worlds. Unique concepts and thought-provoking images created from the imagination of the artist. 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 exo-planets, nebulas, 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.