Saturday, April 11, 2009
The final state in the series...Kentucky
Oh, what a long strange trip it's been. Actually, not that long. I started this series on February 7, 2009. Just over 2 months to do fifty small paintings. Mostly knife work. All are 5" x 7" in oils, on canvas panel. All but two are landscape format. Don't know why I did two vertical, I guess just to mess the display up.
I did this series to show what might be accomplished by using the technology that is available to us today. By using Google's Streetview technology I have traveled to 49 states and Washington, DC. Hawaii hasn't been posted yet. When it is I'll do it and update the series by that one, taking DC out.
I'm hoping some good may come out of this series, that Google will allow, i.e. give permission, to artists working in traditional methods (no digitally altered art) to use Streetview as source for reference material. This would open up an entire world for artists that are disabled and confined to their homes or facilities, or with restricted mobility.
At this point I have contacted Google concerning the use of Streetview. When a decision has been reached, and they let me know, I'll then let everyone else know.
Please feel free to join in on the Virtual Paintout, April is Amsterdam. Paint away, but until Google has decided whether to allow artists to use Streetview as a reference, I'd hold off on selling any of the works. Of course, that is only my humble opinion.
As for now this is the last (until Hawaii) of the series. 5" x 7", oil, canvas panel, palette knife. I left my home state until the end. Sort of anticlimactic don't you think?
As a side note...Google did give permission for artists to use Street View as a reference, and artists can sell their work without fear of copyright infringement. See sidebar here, and on the Virtual Paintout blog for more info.