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 photographs, some recognisable and others, artistic.

My Art

I’m a visual artist and photographer in Adelaide, South Australia. I enjoy experimenting with a variety of media and techniques to create a story 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 alchemy and disruption. Rhythmic and chaos in the urban - the rhythm is pulsing of traffic lights, cars passing, people walking. The dangerous, disruption is someone crossing the road between cars, a siren. The carefree is a park or beach. Disruption angry vs 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.

Tell stories and have fun

David Baker FRSASA

Photography techniques

First context, design, story then heavy crop. Burst shots hand held, rarely have time for a tripod. I seek shapes within shapes and reflections to build the story.

I love texture and macro photography, it creates a new world, has new dimensions - both micro and astronomical.

I use Sony full-frame DSLRs.

Painting Techniques

I "draw" the image and artifacts with Gesso (acrylic) or light watercolour. If the shapes don't finally match - then there are echos / reinforcement / empathy or shadows.

I usually mix colours on the canvas / paper and sometimes create extravagant "drop-sheet" backdrops.

With everything still wet,I paint the main shapes and build up the layers, line, form, shade and colour designs.

The tools large paint brushes and brooms to paint scrapers. And a lot of finger work.

It is my privilege, ambition to give form, personality and soul to story that is stored in the blank canvas..