About 30 Original Essays:
Art in the 21st Century
Digital Photography and Contemporary Art
And Personal Growth
by Rick Doble

"For the artist communication with nature remains the most essential condition. The artist is human; himself [herself] nature; part of nature..."
Paul Klee, Paths of the Study of Nature, 1923.

"The old bond between humans and nature has been permanently altered by technology. The task of the 21st century artist is to forge a new relationship between humans and the world, since our fate is inseparable from that of the Earth."
Rick Doble
Read my
Thoughts about Art in the 21st Century


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Read these other nine popular essays
that have been reprinted around the world.

#1: The central essay is:
Thoughts about Art in the 21st Century

A working and evolving draft.

#2: Heroes, Heroines and the Modern Age
as it applies to men and women in the 21st Century.

#3: Why Photography Is An Important Art Form
Why Photography Is A Very Different Art Form

Photography can't get no respect when it comes to fine art,
but there's more than meets the eye.

#4: Why Create Art?
It's a thankless job, but someone's got to do it.
Here are my reasons.

#5: Thoughts About Using A Digital Camera
As a former professional photographer, I have opinions.

#6: Is digital photography the new
expressive visual art?
Surprising reasons why digital photography allows
unprecedented personal expression.

#7: Digital Experimenting:
How to Explore:
an article I wrote for the DigiGallery

#8: Artistic Philosophy
and design principles

for personal artistic sites
on the Internet

#9: Market for digital art?
Or can a digital artist make a living?


Toward a New Mythology
And a Future-Primitive Art
A coherent set of steps toward a new artistic viewpoint
Includes numerous quotations from mythology, science and more

Toward a World Culture
How artists could help save the Earth

The Beautiful in Art
Thoughts about beauty, art and contemporary art

Read this only if you dare!
The following text document is entitled
Or Contemporary Visions of the Past, Present and Future
Four Related Essays with an Introduction
A search for the divine in a scientific age
By Rick Doble
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The Essay: Thoughts about Art in the 21st Century
was used in depth at these important sites.

a major Australian art ezine,
emphasized these thoughts
from my essay
Thoughts about Art in the 21st Century
--The goals of the New Art will be:
1. To explore and understand our own nature in relation to the Earth;
2. To explore a new relationship with nature since the old bond has been broken. ...
--Humans have a fundamental need to belong and to feel at home and to also feel a part of their world. This cannot be reprogrammed or removed from the human psyche without serious consequences ...

A student project in New York emphasized these points: Arti FAQ 21OO
A learning project for students in New York.
Using Renaissance achievements as a platform and present foundation, students will pose key inquiry questions that will prompt their vision of art in our lives within the next hundreds years. http://users.erols.com/sjfeld/nyc/director.htm (see the bottom of the page)

"Through our research and developing of this project Internet Artist Rick Doble contacted us to share his ideas and perspectives on art. Many of his points complement our project. We invite you to use them as springboard for speaking, listening and viewing our work."

1.Painting and art are well suited to create new images and icons that can serve as touchstones and guides to our future.

2.Art should often evoke, refer to, pay homage to, or be related to earlier art or art forms.

3.Even radical modern art has been related to earlier art forms.

4.Now, most painters tend to create from their imagination, from subjective inner needs and inner impulses or they paint based on abstract principles or conceptual ideas. Instead of drawing from nature directly, some painters draw from their inner nature. For example, Jackson Pollock used to point out that he, himself, was nature.

5.Jackson Pollock's dripped paintings which were inspired in part by the Navajo Indian sand paintings. These sand paintings were created by shaman who poured colored sand into the shape of figures. Later the wind blew the sand away.

6.Painting in this century has merely reflected the break with nature that the civilization as a whole has experienced.

7.Since this is where the future and civilization are leading us, it is only natural that painting and other arts would also move in that direction and be in the vanguard.

8.Architecture needs to be created that provides transitional areas from inside to outside and which does not set the building and the inside environment completely separate and apart from the outside environment of the world. For example, buildings should have some balconies, roof top gardens, and other points that open to the outside.

9.Because technology has changed, the roles of men and women are different. Women and men will be full equals. There need to be stories and myths of the heroic that apply to both men and women.

10.It is clear that the Earth and humankind will go through major changes in the next century.

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