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A Spiritually Enlightening Online Magazine. January Theme: "Within" Volume 1 Issue 2 ISSN# 1708-3265

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Featuring: Steve Abernathy

About "Fiddleberrye Manor":

This piece is meant to depict the ancestral home of a prominent gnomish family of some repute, and I tried to capture a rustic, yet inviting quality. The idea is, anyone stumbling upon this residence on a warm summer's day could walk in and feel welcome and at home while being entertained with stories of ancient deeds or ballads from ages long past.

It is a digital work, taken from an original pencil drawing of mine done back in May of 1995 and scanned to computer in January of 2003. The scanned image was colorized using Paint Shop Pro 7. It's my first attempt at a truly digital work, and I learned a lot during its creation. Much of the work was repetitive and tedious. (Although a sharp eye might pick out the few shortcuts I did concede to. Have you ever tried painting every blade of grass on a hill or every leaf on a tree?) In the end, though, I think it was worth it and, hopefully, the piece speaks for itself.

About the artist:

I was born on January 24th, 1970, in the small town of Susanville, California. Early on I showed an aptitude for art, and was helped and encouraged by my whole family. My interests are extremely varied, ranging from fine art and sculpture to design and architecture. I feel immensely fortunate to have a flexible and deft talent, which has applied itself nearly equally well to all I have put my hand to. Because of this, I have had a hard time finding a focus.

I once considered attending the Art Centre in Pasadena to study automotive design (cars are a weakness of mine), and have studied Graphic Design, as well as Computer Graphics. In the end, though, I am largely self-taught, gleaning what I can from studying the work of favourite artists, and by pure trial and error.

Although at the start I felt pressure to find a specialty, I have begun to let go, and just see where my creativity wanders. To "go with the flow." Lately, I have found digital art gives me a wonderful blend of a traditional painted look, with the forgiveness of being able to cleanly erase mistakes with the almighty "undo" button. There will never be a replacement, however, for the visceral qualities of real paint and canvas. The smell of linseed oil and turpentine, and the feel of bristles bending on canvas, are things I shall always treasure, and so it will remain my favourite medium.

For the moment, however,
I'll see where this electronic road leads me…

May the light of inspiration touch us all,


Fiddleberrye Manor (c) 2003 Steve Abernathy

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