Description Dance, ritual and celebration help us to rediscover the mythology of women, largely ignored through centuries of patriarchy. Belly dancing, for example, is a wonderful avenue ofconnection and joy for women, a celebration of femininity. Belly dancingoriginally began in the Middle East, as women dancing with other women toprepare them for and help them with childbirth. Outside, in the sand, thewoman giving birth would be in a pit in the center of a circle of women bellydancing, mimicking the writhing and undulating birthing movements, joyfullybringing new life into the world.
James Shepherd, kelso, scotland Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement James was born in 1946 in the then small town of Irvine in north Ayrshire Scotland and learnt how to paint from his father using oils and although finding this satisfying knew that something was not right with this medium for him. After a period of time at the age of 32 James at last found what he was looking for and started to make 3 dimensional pictures using the medium of annealed copper film – Repousse’ the art of reverse embossing of metal. This is now one of his passions.
But the desire to paint was still there and then he found digital painting, this combined with digital photography was the way forward for him.
James has been painting using this method which starts with digital photography and then developing this into his own art form of impressionism and exploiting the aspects of the digital painting medium embracing and showing the painterly aspect, rather than trying to hide the act of creation. Approximately 4 years on and still learning it is still a most satisfying experience.
Digital oil painting is an emerging art form in which traditional painting techniques such as watercolor, oils, etc. are applied using digital tools by means of a computer, a digitizing tablet and stylus, and software. This is done directly on a PC, by using a Wacom tablet, a stylus pen and ArtRage painting software. The Wacom tablet can be compared to a canvas or watercolor paper surface. The stylus pen is the paintbrush. The artist uses painting techniques to create an impressionistic digital painting directly on the computer.
Digital painting differs from other forms of digital art, particularly computer-generated art, in that it does not involve the computer rendering from a model.
The passion for art has produced a varied portfolio of art for James. His greatest passion though is for horses and figurative work.