My Philosophy: the Search for Sufficiency


I have come to this thought:
All of life is an either incognizant or cognizant state of searching to find and or maintain sufficiency. - David Dorrell, 2010

Sufficiency is not contentment (although it may be), it is not happiness (although it may be), it may be the search for the strength to get through the day, the night, or a death (even your own).  Life is the search for sufficiency.  We may never find it.

Plants grow roots to find water; babies instinctively breathe; humans work for a living all of this is sufficiency.  

We may think we seek happiness, but what we are actually seeking is new levels of sufficiency.  To hold happiness changes its nature; the state of being happy is transient because each time it is attained, it places a new goal for meeting happiness.  

Arts, science, mathematics all just raise us to a different level of sufficiency.   We surround ourselves with aesthetics that please us, our appreciation of these things, that song, that painting, that book, that movie, grow familiar, stale.   We gain new knowledge of our world, but there is always more to learn.

Even in heaven, happiness must be a transient state for even the slightest drop in happiness would then have to be considered sadness, but the search for sufficiency could still be constant.


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Working on some new paintings


I've been working lately on a new series of snow scene landscapes.   These are a gradual approach to bring color in to play with psychological design of the drawing.  I hope to place a few photos of the work on the site soon.


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Set designs for Anything Goes


I've been busy designing sets for Anything Goes.  It takes place on a cruise ship.


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HDR photos, sort of.


I've been searching for other high contrast photos and noticed that HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos produce a similar effect to my manipulated digital photos.

I'm planning to produce some 11x17 posters of the photos and may put some up for sale soon.


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Really Digging this one. Fiery and dynamic.
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Another new manipulated photo on my site


I've placed another photo up on my site.  I'm really getting into doing these.  It takes me hours sometimes to achieve the effects you see  in the finished artworks.  They often stray quite far from the original snapshots.  Check them out.


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New Photo up on site


New photo on the site.  I'm really enjoying working on these.


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I've put up a new gallery of manipulated digital images


New stuff I've been working on.  Check it out.


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Painted Sky Week 19 is up.


View the entire painting here and vote in the contest.   Check out everyone's paintings.


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Painted Sky Week 18 is up


The snowscapes were fun to paint.  I like paintings that open themselves to a lot of color in a realistic technique. 


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Another new sky detail. Week 17 is up.


Week 17 sky detail is up today.   This was taken from a new snowscape I placed on the site.  The colors are a bit like a Kinkade with some delicate pastels in the sky.


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