Tuesday, January 15, 2019

She said "I can't find the sun. I am having problems with my retina translation monitors, ever since I switched my color space to RGBA_Adobe-Rose 1.6.". I couldn't figure out what she meant by the "Sun", because she was feeling really down and was squinting at the fire ball in the sky. This was her third time mentioning this in the very same tone of voice...pulses 3... and in dark measure.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

DeLeva Data Portraits

Yesterday I got this thought of a story that has to do with companies making Biochips that plug into the human skull. These chips augment intelligence and physical traits of human animals. I saw some of the companies being, Microsoft- Nitrosoft, Apple- Fuji, IBM:business Nike- Ball, MAC- Fashion, and a few more that specialize in there type of intelligence. For example:

  • Nike: would have chips that would specialize in muscle coordination, balance, things that give athletes an edge.
  • MAC: would aid in facial muscle control, skin melanin manipulation, hair color, nail length, things that could change your physical appearance. Ways of walking weight loss, leg and arm control.
  • Smith and Wesson: Zoom vision, Night vision hand coordination, balance all aimed at civilian gun ownership and sport shooting.

What do these these augmentations look like online when you add analog physical features? What do these cyber identities look like when you add data graphics and physical features together?

What does a true 2019 portrait look like when you add in the information of our data personalities that are being sold?

This is what I am working on...

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

I don't lie to my phone.




My phone doesn't share my delusions, it exposes them and perpetuates them. We look to the phone in the same way we look at our best friend or child. We ask it questions, adorn and coddle it, tell it our inner most secrets  but we don't lie to it. We don't lie to it to save it's feelings, more we lie to ourselves and only look at the first page of search results that we think affirms our expected answer.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Don DeLeva: Indian ocean is a big target

I was seeing it from the inside of an plane fuselage along the atmosphere's edge. A rumble and then a feeling of falling... I could see earth from the window and felt the gravitational pull. Everyone in the fuselage was lying down, sleeping or lounging in soft warm cabin light and white sheet bedding.

I kissed a long, gentle, slow lipstick kiss to my life. Then I thought "Aim for the Indian Ocean it should be a large target to make a soft landing and the water will extinguish the flames"...

But looking back on it,I realize that splashing in water from this height is just like hitting concrete at 20,000 MPH, besides I wasn't the one piloting the fall.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

This morning came with a thick fog  "I only have i's 4 U" seeped through my mindscape with inky black of cold dark space. You can ask me why things like this happen but I can't tell the younger ones because there is no Google in my mind. Besides it would only give you an answer that was human conceived for the next 25 years. Made with humans in mind by humans for humans wanting to find their purpose. But these thoughts are being interrupted by my  morning protein mega tablet scrambled with crisp edges. Something I discovered by mistake by almost burning my eggs 15 years ago. Hell yes I like it.

What is the motivation for A.I. to excel at being ?  If humans want sex, riches, money etc... what would motivate a machine to evolve?

Will machine learning have programs that make random mistakes? (the invention of Post it Notes).
Look it up on Google since we already made the mistakes that AI didn't have to.
If we do program in mistakes then arnt we just making humans that are made of metal and don't eat?

Saturday, December 22, 2018

In the years before our vision was electronic enhanced I could see things that were not there. I lost the ability to see my thoughts when I got my zoom and macro enhancements. So weird how I thought I would have been able to keep that gift I had. How much of my mind is "hooked up" to the visualization of  reality? Yes my illusion of reality. Diving into a rainy Seattle at 5:23am in the morning is an inky experience with the janky sever lights blinking from every building, crane and oncoming cars.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Long year so far...

This year's challenges have been convoluted and time consuming. So much so that painting has not been in immediate attention. While my mind wishes there could be less change, life seems to have sharp changes in mind that everyone has to face. I just need to loose my perception of life and welcome reality.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

MoNA: Museum of Northwest Art Auction 2018


I started this year's MoNA, Museum of Northwest Art Auction 2018, painting this week. I am going to do a progression of the painting so you can see how it comes together.

4.01.2018- Due to several life changes this last month I have had little time to work on the painting I was going to donate to the MoNA auction. SO this painting will be worked on but will not appear in the MoNA 2018 Auction.

The first post starts March 3 2018 just scroll down to see the first entry:

No. 5 front 03/07/2018
I decided at this point to start to centralize an image.  It is so ominous mixing grey from earth tones, Ocher Yellow, Iron Gesso, Oxide black and Indian red. This thick mix of opaque grey blots out the sky, it is the wall graffiti block out color that never seems to match the concrete. 



No. 4, front 03/07/2018


No. 3,  front 03/5/2018 
This is the first layer / wash of color to build up the structure. It is an old technique I learned from my oil painting days. It really enforces composition and saturation of color. Subject??? I am seeing the thinker at this point. You can already see the tie, in this case she and he both have ties. 

No. 2,  front 03/4/2018
No. 1  front 03/3/2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Paper Doll: Painting Don Deleva

Let me just preface this painting with the fact that paper dolls can not cut themselves out...

  • title 1: Paper Doll
  • title 2: Once I Was A Paper Doll, Now I Am A CSS Stylesheet
  • Medium: Acrylic on panel
  • Size: 6" x 6" x .05"
  • Date: 12/17/2017
  • C-log: #12172017
  • Web: www.dondelevaart.com






Story:
Maybe the second title needs more explaining. One night, after coding my website and drinking numerous RedBulls I fell asleep at the keyboard...
I dreamt I was paper doll and that my friends and I were going out clubbing in Seattle. I wanted to change my clothes but paper dolls can't change their clothes and neither can they cut out their outfit. So instead of trying to use scissors I decided to code myself a new look in CSS and sure enough, it worked! I got so carried away that I fashioned myself a Prince like outfit minus the ruffles but adding a string of pearls.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Deleva, Progression of Stump-01

This is part of a new sort of post method for me since, I seem to be so sporadic. I am going to try to give a photo evolution  history for each painting.

This is the first one. At this point there is no title of the painting, but you will see as I paint the title of the work will change.

3/4/18-UPDATE on the stump painting: Still nothing. It is sitting in my studio staring at me. So times it take months. I have had paintings take years to finish. 


2/08/18-
At this point I seem to have come to a stand still on this painting. Not really sure why, I just can't seem to get a good look on what is going on and where it is going. Time away from it is a good thing.



No. 9 front 01/31/2018
At this point I am around 70% complete. I will be saturating the colors but I am still discovering the image.
No.8 front 01/26/2018
A working title : Kitty and the Swan
No.7 side- 01/22/2018
Sometimes I find turning a  painting on it's side and paint helps to find out the path of the painting. 

Who knows maybe this image wants to be horizontal...
No.7 face- 01/22/2018
Still no real title. I thought about 'Leaving myself in Maui'  but I am not really sold on that title yet. The image is getting a little too heavy for that.
No.6 face- 01/15/2018
Not too much has changed, just filling some computational elements to set up a direction of movement at this point the painting still seems to be about our trip to Maui and the feeling of the sand and surf pulling my body out to deeper water .

No.5 face- 01/13/2018  phase 3 of this day.
As you can tell I have sanded out a lot of the painting. Sanding is a big part of my process. It gives me random textural opportunities that I could never make if I had to think them all out.
No.5 face- 01/13/2018  phase 2 of this day.
Here I put a white wash over a lot of the color.
No.5 face- 01/13/2018  phase 1 of this day.

No.4 face- 01/10/2018

No.3 face- 01/03/2018


No.3 face- 12/16/2018


No.1-  Side 12/16/2017






Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Don DeLeva: Candy Breath




Candy Breath is a first attempt to bring both my Pop Surrealist and Abstraction tendencies together.
As you view the painting you can start to see cartoonist features blend into realistic features that are abstracted and then disappear. I do this give the impression of a personality changing as mood changes and conversation ebbs and flows.








This painting SOLD in the "VISIONS EN ROUGE" (link to show), Confluence Gallery (link to gallery), Twisp Wa. 12/2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Kitty Noire


Kitty Noire:  wood panel, silver mylar wall paper, acrylic paint, varnish,  6"x 6"x 0.5 . 08.09.2017


I started painting on wall paper, this is on Silver Mylar it's more of an experiment. At work I have access to so many types of surfaces that I decided to start taking advantage of the scraps and recycling bins.

DeLeva's RoboCat

RoboCat:  wood panel, acrylic paint, varnish,  6"x 6"x 0.5 . 08.09.2017
SOLD : Trisha Gallagher Collection, Tacoma, WA-->



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MeBot and Timmy

MeBot and Timmy are two characters I have been panting for a while now. They have been in many abstracts It's only now that I have painted them on their own.

MeBot : Acrylic on wood, 6x6


Timmy : Acrylic on wood, 6x6

This Idea of an Alphabet

This morning while painting an abstract I started to realize that it might help people understand my more complicated work if I paint my characters in a non abstract way. Kind of like sounding out letters phonetically until you understand how to pronounce a word.  This is how I understood how to listen to noise music.    

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Are my paitings busy?

I am asked quite often why are my paintings so busy.

I don't see them as busy, I see them as 3 or five paintings in one.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Huxley's Dream:  clay board panel, acrylic paint and gold leaf, varnish,  6"x 12"x 2.25. 2/2017.



I was reading "The Doors of Perception " by Aldous Huxley during the painting of this work.
One does not need to be under the influence of mind altering substances to understand the malleability of reality and how we consistently change our perception of the now to assess and comprehend our present.
My art de-focuses focal point in order to challenge the viewers perception of what they are looking at. My paintings are meant to "visually change" as moods, sounds and environment change.
The work is not so much about the image, but more about the perception of the viewer.
My goal is to get the viewer to actually "see" themselves think.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Don DeLeva: painting : She War Heels.


She War Heels:  Wood panel, acrylic paint, varnish,  5"x 7"x .275. 1/23/17



Don Deleva art: painting My Black Cape, 2016

Don DeLeva Art, painting of an abstract woman, architectural,

My Black Cape:  clay board panel, acrylic paint, varnish,  5"x 7"x .175. 2016
SOLD : Steve Nelson Collection, Indianola, IA


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Don DeLeva art : vulnerable

Don Deleva art

Madison Price :  .250 Ply wood, acrylic paint, varnish,  8"x 10" 10/2016
SOLD: Marty and Tony Price.

This painting brings me to a place in my work that is easy to criticize. It's a cat dressed in a jacket...

Why do I feel the need to explain this?
One, I painted it as a gift.
Two, I have a cat and yes I think she is cute as hell.
Three, I have come to a place in my 30 years of painting that I am done with the critics in my head and hands.

I just want to paint. I have only about 15 to 20 years left and I just want to paint and promote it the way that is most comfortable to me.

Maybe you get to a place in your life that you realize the things that are truly you are the most powerful for you.
For example, I would much rather be painting then socializing. I think this has been a major component in why my work is not more commonly known.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016