Sunday, 14 April 2013

Stop the Presses

To break things up a bit, I want to share a few of my more recent pieces.

The first was an incomplete work in progress for over a year before I finally finished it 2 days ago. It initially started as a failed draft for an image I created last year, Keys to Wellness. The issue wasn't that I didn't like it, but rather that the more I worked on it the further it drifted from the intended theme. I had originally planned it to be a few spirals of piano keys forming a treble clef, which just didn't work for me! As I've mentioned before, I don't like to control my creations too much. I just let them go the way they go. They often don't go where I expect them to (often for the best!)

The biggest challenge for me in this piece was choosing the colours. I didn't spend too long stressing over the decision but I was very aware that it could ruin the entire piece - it wouldn't be the first time I've done it. When it comes down to it though, I'd almost always rather experiment and risk a poor outcome than be conservative. The safe option is rarely the fun one, and rewards are often proportional to risk. I think the colours work really well here!

All in all, I'm quite happy with this one. Very glad I didn't try and shoehorn it into an incongruous concept.

Colour Wheels

The next two are a couple of my first attempts at using Copic markers. They're alright but I think I need to find more appropriate paper to use for them. The markers bleed a lot and take some getting used to, especially when blending colours. Expect to see more in future.



“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton

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