David Baker - artist and photographer

Welcome to my art Projects. Here you will find my original watercolour and acrylic paintings since October 2012 and hundreds of recognisable and artistic photographs.

My Art

I’m a visual artist and photographer in Adelaide, South Australia. I enjoy experimenting with a variety of media and techniques to get the feeling I want to express in my art.

I like the words of Monet where he says that "a landscape (or indeed anything ed.) does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life - the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is the ambiance which gives subjects their life and value.It's the same as words carrying different meanings depending on the body language.

My favorite artists are Picasso (because he matured from behaving like a child to painting like one) and Andy Warhol (because he made the ordinary, extraordinary).

I have a conversation with my paintings and photographs as I work - developing shape, structure, layers, colour, light and texture. The final outcome is a collaboration of tension, movement, energy and passion.

I like contradiction - real and mystical; rhythmic and chaos in the urban; the dangerous and carefree beach; "on a mission" yet lazy sight-seers; angry and delicate nature.

To view art is to taste it. Move around, talk to it, feel it, taste it, smell it, smile and enjoy the experience.

Have fun

David Baker FRSASA

Facebook.com/JustArtingAround is my diary for new work and exhibitions. I document and diary my art journey – aims, hopes, experiments, wins, failures, laughs and fun.

“Arting” is conducting an orchestra, choreographing a dance, designing a set, the outline of a play, scripting.


The Technique

I "crop" the idea to only show part. A fragment. There are links and connections - hints. The "other" the "I know what that is" is off the canvas or print. Because we can make up stories about what we see and what we don't see and our stories project our experiences on to the idea.

  • First, I "draw" the image and artifacts with thick Gesso. If the shapes don't finally match - then there are echos / reinforcement / empathy / shadows.
  • Extravagant "drop-sheet" backdrops.
  • Mix acrylic / water colour on canvas.
  • Inks on canvas.
  • Paint to canvas to draw main shapes and panels.
  • Scraped shapes and fine "straight" lines.
  • I use soft brushes, hard brushes, broom bristles, foam, plastic sheet and paper, paint scrapers, trowels and traditional palette knives.
  • I also use finger and hand work to push the paint around.

I have several projects on the go at one time.

Prints - framed or not; matted or not; no glass; print to canvas, archival paper, "metalic" paper; behind clear acrylic.

Photography

I love texture and macro photography, it creates a new world, has new dimensions - both micro and astronomical. I also drive for composition and balance without telling the whole story.

The Process

It is a conglomerate / weave of emotions, colour, decisions, movement, materials, tools, position, composition. Every few seconds, a new decision, new feeling, new energy and excitement. To start I need an idea or two, canvas, gesso, colour, tools, paint wet on wet? Colours, mix on or off the canvas? Use a medium?. Then go. I get inside the painting, work from within, teasing-out, playing; colours, light and shapes dancing within families / communities. A new idea is born and the painting evolves until I come up for air. Sometimes that’s it. Sometimes a few highlight or shadow tweeks. Huge fun and excitement. Huge giving and getting back.

For me all canvas and paper (like marble) has a life within. It is my privilege, ambition to give form, personality and soul to that inner life.