In 1996, I started to experiment with painting on the computer.
Prior to this I painted primarily in oils, water colors, and I was very partial to working in pastels. The computer offered me another medium of which I was not that familiar with.
As I continued to experiment I was finally able to produce paintings that were very similar, in feel, to what I was doing in other mediums.
This was the effect that I was looking for. It was a long process to develop the skills to make the pixels blend into one another. This turned out to be my biggest challenge. The first attempts were not anything that I was proud of. The paintings were very blotchy and squared off. It was difficult to work the colors in a manner that I had been used to doing in all of the other mediums that I was used to working in.
I do not use any special programs, scans, photos, or any "tricks" to create these paintings. I create them using a simple ClarisWorks paint program.
I am given a huge pallet of colors to work with, and I have the ability to mix my own colors. There are various brush sizes that I can choose to use, along with pencils.
Basil Filippone - 2000