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Opening a Digital Pandora's Box

Title: “Mars Landing: Heading for the High Ground by Dan Durda” Caption: “A little Photoshop makeover and Death Valley's Mars Hill becomes... Mars! I used a panorama of a couple images I took during our IAAA Death Valley workshop in 2005 to create this Martian landscape.” As I recounted in my previous blog entry, my early space art was pretty traditional, in many senses of the word. Being completely self-taught I had a lot of catching up to do, but with the help and encouragement of my many IAAA friends I got a lot of satisfaction out of learning to drive my airbrush, loosening my style a bit in working with larger brushes on big canvases, and enjoying some plein air sessions in some pretty scenic locales during some of our space art workshops. The joy in both science and art is that you never stop learning something new. Little did I know, walking into the theater the evening of December 18, 2009, what a journey of new artistic exploration I was about to embark upon. You know how the western calendar is demarked into two eras, BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini)? Similarly, my life now consists of those years BA and AA. That’s Before Avatar and After Avatar, in case you didn't quite get the date reference above. No, I don’t attend conventions wearing blue makeup and a tail, but I do confess to seeing Avatar in IMAX 3D more times than you can count on the fingers of both hands (and... Read More..