Writings, articles and essays
about digital art
by Rick Doble

Eight Original Articles:
About Digital Art,
Art in the 21st Century,
And Personal Growth
by Rick Doble

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about these essays by Rick Doble

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

A working and evolving draft.

#2: NEW
Heroes, Heroines and the Modern Age
An examination of the myth of the hero
as it applies to men and women in the 21st Century.

#3: NEW
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?

#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

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:


--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://library.thinkquest.org/13681/data/nyc/intro.htm

"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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