Saturday, March 31, 2012

Part 3: When The Whisper Becomes Reality - the Finished Painting "Vibrant Serenity"!

14" x 24" original acrylic painting on stretched canvas titled "Vibrant Serenity"
Available here from my Etsy Store!

What I love about this painting is that it was done purely out of my imagination with no reference material. It's that place where dreams come from, the dream or idea generator. It's a place that exists yet you cannot grab it, hold it, buy or sell it. It streams these ideas, these dreams and, being an artist, I am fortunate that I can sometimes give these ideas or dreams substance in the tangible world. The world of shapes and forms - the waking world.

From my mind's eye, (the sketch and small painted study I posted previously) emerges to the final event. One thing did change however. The final seemed to just want to be blues and blue-greens, to be an analogous (be in one colour group, or of related colours) painting yet to retain it's vitality and energy. So I dropped the red-violet and here is the result. "Vibrant Serenity"! It measures 14" x 24" on stretched canvas (that I stretched myself as I could not find the size of canvas I needed that was already stretched and prepped) and its, alive! I wanted the atmosphere to literally breathe and vibrate whilst the mountains stood stoically, their reflection being more calm on the waters before them with the "breathing" atmosphere more subtly reflected. I think I achieved that.

   I want to thank Susan, one of my collectors with her perfect, succinct description of my work. She says,"They are both vibrant and serene.. seems to be a contradiction almost but that is what I feel when I look them them". She totally nails it and to honour her exquisite ability to do so, I title this new painting after her words. Perfect.

If you haven't seen them, I include the previous posts images, the initial sketch and study. Enjoy!

5 1/4" x 3 1/8" study for "Vibrant Serenity"
Initial sketch for "Vibrant Serenity"

Friday, March 30, 2012

Part Two of When The Whisper Becomes Reality - the Colour Study!

The next step, taking the sketch to a small painted study
on board measuring 3 1/4" x 5 1/8".

The second step from taking a whisper in my mind to tangible form was to paint a larger study from that little sketch I did over 2 years ago. Those sketches are like little seeds that may lay dormant for days or years but eventually, when the time is right, they grow into adulthood. This is the next step in that growth. 

I decided to use acrylics as I wanted the image to be very colourful, very alive! The colour palette is a split-complementary one using red-violet, blues, and green-blues. The moon is actually white with light blue-green in it which will make it vibrate a little more. 
I am really excited to go to the final now. Stay tuned, won't be long now!

Monday, March 26, 2012

It's Official, Video Game Art IS Art - the Smithsonian Says So!

From the game "Journey". I just love the use of space, the asymmetrical
balancing, the Zen-like use of space. As soon as I saw this image as I saw
this image I knew I wanted to play this game.
It also got a great review from IGN which doesn't hurt. 

I heard about this and thought, "It's about time".  For too long video game art, illustration, etc., has been looked down on by the high-brow crowd but it doesn't matter any more. Never did. Video game art can be one of the most demanding art forms and the artists working on them are professional, hard-working artists that deserve to be recognized as such. Also the art is interactive, it draws the viewers in, draws
the gamers in and it's often the quality of art that makes the games successful, both on it's own merits and
also in the commercial sense. That and good game playing mechanics coupled with excellent story telling
in the writing department. 

Please click here to see the Smithsonian's Video Art Game Show page video!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sneak Preview - Part One of When The Whisper Becomes Reality - the Sketch!

Here is the birth of my next new painting! Even though this idea was sketched over two years ago I carried it with me to my new apartment and tacked it to my idea wall. That was about 6 months ago and now, finally, it's becoming a reality.

I wanted to do a painting based on that space of where the consciousness dwells, in between the dream state and waking state, or rather, being in an altered state of consciousness like those people who live to tell about their near death experiences and the beautiful landscapes they inhabited while in them.

I am working on a step-by-step to show how this phenomenal experience being manifested into the form of a painting is coming into the physical realm. Stay tuned!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Juried In and On Their Way to the Show!

These three original framed oil paintings of mine were accepted into the
All About Art International Juried Art Show and Sale
put on by the MossRehab hospital in Elkins Park, Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A

I entered an artist's call for entries late last year from the "All About Art International Juried Exhibition and Sale of Art by Professional Artists with Physical Disabilities" put on by the MossRehab hospital in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania which is thirty-two years in the running. I then forgot all about it till I got my acceptance letter in the mail a few months later and was stunned with disbelief! Then came the real work.

The newer pieces "Moon Ascending Blue Mountain" and "Superstitious Shelter" which were done on canvas panel board needed to be framed and would have to complement and tie-in with the self portrait that was already framed. I turned to Franken Frames to find real wood frames and linen matts to make the trio hang together in unison.

After much deliberation I settled on silver wooden frames and an off-white linen cloth matt. With the help of Roger at Franken Frames, I was able to get the measurements precise so as to maximize the image area of the painting. Also, Roger is meticulous so I could feel as sure as I could that these frames would arrive in the right size and in good condition, and they did.

So after assembling the paintings into their new frames I worked on packaging them all up and then trying to figure out how to ship them properly; what type of paperwork would be necessary and how to fill that paper work out. Fellow artist Roger and his wife Yoko, helped me, a complete stranger, with the never-ending paper work for customs and Nancy Pageau, the art curator for the show, was extremely helpful as well. Working with a disability that can make cognitive work a challenge, their help was very much needed and truly, greatly appreciated.

So the paintings were shipped, finally, today. Hoorah! The show runs from April 29 - July1, 2012. Here is a link to last year's show if you would like to see what kind of work is juried in, want to know more about the show and the MossRehab hospital who sponsors it I will put up the 2012 link as soon as it is up.