What is it?
This is an acrylic painting on an 11 x 14 inch canvas. Depicted is what appears to be an expanding light, or an explosion. That’s why I named this piece “Artsplosion”. I wanted to make a piece that expressed how I felt at the time of its creation
Yellow and white beams protrude from the center of the painting, expanding outwards. It was a fun piece and an experiment with perspective.
I made this piece at the beggining of a wave of creativity. Towards this painting’s completion, I had many new creative ideas for new paintings and drawings. This piece expressed how I felt in an artistic sense.
This piece is a symbol of climax and the birth of novelty. Many people see different things when they look at it, I find this amusing. I am repeatedly reminded of the subjective nature of art when people propose an observation relative to a perspective I had not yet considered.
I’ve found that people enjoy this piece from some angles of perspective more than others. This is an interesting spectacle to me that raises interest on the subject and consideration into my future projects.
For example, the image above is met with more appreciation on social media than the image at the top of this article. Not only is this painting an artwork, it has served as a social experiment on visual perspective.
I started with the background. The center was light blue and I worked from there towards the edges, gradually adding darker blue and streaks of green.
After allowing the background to dry, I created white ball in the center. I started adding streaks of white and yellow protruding from the ball, continuing until the ball was no longer a ball. Eventually I had the illusion of radiance.
I continued adding beams of yellow and white, making sure to create the illusion of different layers of space by separating the center “light” from some of the expanding beams.
On the beams which appeared closer to the perspective of the viewer I added rounded ends. This gave these beams the effect of moving away from the center in an outwards direction. I wonder what the end result would have looked like had I not decided to round the ends of those rays.
This was a piece that came naturally to me and that I enjoyed making with little effort. It reminds me a bit of my other painting “Spacetime Expansion“. I may return to this style again, although I see no reason to in the near future.
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