Artificial Intelligence has been around for years and we've been using it in forms of Google searches and Netflix recommendations. About 10 years ago, art creating AI emerged and were able to process images, recognize color, texture, and text. They edited existing images or generated new ones.
Last year they created original images from language prompts, to generate unique art, influenced by previous art movements. I found one that is abstracted with Expressionism.
How do they do that?
Keep in mind, I'm a curious artist, interested in AI and artistic outcomes. Here's what I understand...
It's a machine that learns mathematical algorithms. It is trained using an incredibe vast amount of computer image data. Humans collect and input the data or written instruction, but the power of creation comes from the process of the machine.
How's that for taking a complex topic and defining it 'simply?
And yes, I'm glad you asked... there are pros and cons using AI in art. It's definitely faster to type in specific prompts and have an image create within minutes. And there are many more variations that can spark inspiration and ideas in an artist. I like that collaborative function.
But, since the machine is creating from an algorithm...there is a lack of 'soul' created. AI can't express themselves. For artists, we are pretty big on authorship of our work and the ability to have it copyrighted. AI has been denied copyright by the government and there is controversy as far as who created the painting... the data input personnel or the AI. Sounds messy and glad I don't have to worry about that.
There are AI specifically for writers, movie industry, musicians, illustrators, architects, and the various artists and many phone Apps and all this makes AI available for everyone's use.
Here is a recent painting I completed. Thought I would use specific prompts to see what AI would generate.
This is what I put in: Diagonal ,rapid river movement, light blue, swirling water, white water, foreground boulders
I think it turned out quite nice.
As most of you know....I hike the PNW rivers and immerse myself in the experience by listening to the surroundings and water, feeling the warmth of the sun and resultant peace and contentment. This is all part of my story when I paint. All those appreciations and emotions are brushed onto my canvas. The intensity of my hues altered to reflect the well being I still feel, in the studio.
That's the secret sauce of fine art, my friends....emotion, depth, and meaning.
There is so much more on AI and art. Will write more in another newslette
Some of my river paintings can be viewed at:
SALEM on the EDGE Gallery
156 Liberty St. NE
Have a wonderful Autumn,
Hi...I'm Patrice... an acrylic painter who writes, and enjoys sharing how I create and think.