The Process of Creating “Iridescent Canyons of Epistemological Boundary Dissolvers”

Contrasted by a fairly simple background, this piece delivers detail in the foreground as well as the middleground. The end result is only a shadow of all the work that was put into creating this piece, and I am going to guide you through how I did so in this article.

Making the Outline

First, the outline is created using a simple graphite pencil and eraser. This is arguably the most crucial step. Fortunately, it is also the most forgiving part of the process.

I started by first creating the horizon, which gave me a sense of direction in creating my composition. I then created the outline of the giant mushrooms and added the outline of a few big mountains (which you see as the dark blue outlines in the mountains of the finished product). I then created a simple outline of the clouds.

I take a while to review the outline, making sure it’s clear to the viewer what’s going on. The outline is the foundation of the rest of the drawing. If my outline is crappy and I don’t fix it a myriad of problems can arise later in the process.
Pushing the Creative Boundary 

If the idea of mushrooms the size of Mt. Everest towering over the surrounding mountains isn’t creative enough for you, wait, because there’s more!

I decide to give the mushrooms the appearance of emanating energy, choosing the form of a blue electricity. I also decide I’m going to make the mountains look very colorful and try to create the illusion of iridescence as well as add a lot more detail. Lastly I decide to make the sky look like its attached to the clouds as if the sky and clouds were some kind of technological mechanism.  I erase some of the graphite surrounding my mushroom outline, this allows space for the electric looking effect. I add in the blue electricity, color in the sky, and do a little of the shading on the mushroom caps to keep color from the mountains I’m going to shade later from overlapping onto the caps. What I have at this point looks like this:

Coloring the Opal Mountains 

I decide the on my color scheme for the mountains and get to work. This part took the longest. All the outline had to be erased and replaced with a colored pencil outline. This new outline was also multicolored and I blended the colors red, yellow, green, and blue together to create it. I decide to fill the mountains with the blue color.

I work thoroughly, adding touches of red and yellow in the blue shading for an added effect.

Eventually, I finish coloring the mountains.

Now for the final bit, shading the mushrooms. I just darken spots up a bit, even adding a bit of graphite to the stem of the shrooms. Yum.

Here are some detail shots of the final product:

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Mechanistic Mandala: A Mixed Media Watercolor Painting

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This is my first major watercolor painting. I got the idea from traditional mandalas, where patterns are repeated around a circle. I took the idea and thought “why not make a three dimensional mandala?” I did just that, adding my style of futuristic, geometric, and colorful imagery to the 3-D mandala.
The Process
I made this piece using watercolors on a rather large sheet of watercolor paper. I started with a graphite sketch, traced it with ink, and then painted in between the lines. I used mostly hard edges mixed with a few curves. I tried to be as accurate as possible with the ink and watercolor because they are not very forgiving mediums.
For the painting, I had to use many layers of watered down watercolor. This was because I used a lot of gradation in this piece. I picked out opposite colors (blue & orange, yellow & violet). This made for a good deal of contrast, making the details really pop out. In person, this large piece cannot go unnoticed. It seems to have a neon or glowing effect to it, probably from the intensity of the pigments and color choices as well as placement.
Because this was based off a mandala, I tried to make it symmetrical. When I made an adjustment on one part of the painting I had to make sure to repeat it as accurately as possible around the rest of the painting. This is what makes it a mandala, a repetition of patterns that starts from the center of the painting and extends to the edges of the paper.
Why Did I Make This?
I made this piece primarily because it seemed like an interesting experiment as I created it. I thought it would be a good piece for exploring use of space, highly contrasting colors, symmetrical appearance, and geometric shapes.
I didn’t know what the final product would look like when I began working on it. It wasn’t until I had completed the sketch that I had an idea of how it would appear. The more I worked on this piece the more interesting it became.
Conclusion
I had a great time making this piece and I am quite pleased with the final product. The best part about making it was watching it come alive as I applied colors to the ink outline. I would love to make another painting like this again using the same or a similar process. The final product really captures your eye with glowing colors and symmetric aesthetics.

Art that predicts the future, Mushrooms that eat PLASTIC, and sunflower/hemp plants that absorb radiation

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Something’s wrong with the world and nature wants to help.

It is clear that there is something very wrong with the way that humans run (or attempt to run) the world. Landfills, wars, pollution of all forms, toxic ingredients in our food, and deposits of plastic materials littering the planet are only barely scratching the surface of the extent to which humans have abused nature and themselves consequentially and directly.

But there are always ways to fix things and nature is an extremely adaptable entity. Our species, being a product of nature is a great example of this. Regardless of our collective ignorance and hesitance to fix these issues, it seems that nature can play a part in reversing the damage we have done to this planet.

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Fungus that can safely break down plastic

Fungus that literally eats plastic was found in Ecuador. Researchers have also been able to isolate the enzymes that safely break down the plastic. Theoretically, people will be able to use either (or possibly both) the fungus itself or the enzymes the fungus produces to eliminate the threats of landfill and plastic pollution.

The fungus is very resilient and even survives without the presence of oxygen on plastic alone. It’s spores, like the spores of psilocybin and countless other fungi strain, could survive in deep space and even colonize the galaxy if let loose thanks to their resistance to radiation and ability to breakdown compounds that most other organisms would never be able to make use of.

See and article about this here and the report to the scientific study here.

Relevant artwork

IMG_1931.JPG My artwork seem to knew this was happening before even I did! Coincidence or artistic vision, it’s up to you how you look at it. I made this prior to coming across the above article. that strikes me as predictive having made it before ever hearing about this. It’s an older piece that I call “Ironic”. I used watercolors on paper.

More plants and mushrooms that could help save the world 

It appears that both hemp and sunflowers could be used to absorb radiation. That’s why it’s nice to hear that sunflowers are growing near Fukishima, the nuclear reactor plant in Japan that has been spewing horribly toxic, radioactive waste into the ocean at increasingly rapid rates for years. It also nice to hear that people are considering growing hemp near the plant to absorb the radiation as well as hemp has similar properties in absorbing radiation. Hemp appears particularly effective a this.

You can read more about plants that absorb radiation, toxins and heavy metals here.

Radiation from Fukushima is a serious threat not just to the ocean and Japan, but the entire world. The leaked toxins are on their way to the west coast of America now. This will affect fish in the very large space of ocean between Japan and California, causing contamination. When the radiation hits the west coast it will be absorbed in the agriculture which will then be shipped around the world along with the fish. Radiation will travel up the food chain and we will end up absorbing it if we don’t do something about it.

Read more about the travel of toxins from Japan here

Conclusion

It seems that nature is continually presenting us with plants that have the best intentions of the life on earth and it’s environment in mind. That includes fungus that absorbs plastic and flowers that absorb radiation.

I found it fascinating and interesting that my piece “Ironic” unintentionally predicted something similar to this fungus that eats plastic.

What do you think? Can nature help humans save the world? Is the world a creation of art or is art a creation of the world? Share your opinion by commenting!

The Development of Creativity: Beginning Artwork

This post is about artwork I made when I was even more of a total noob. I think it’s interesting to see how creativity and skill develop overtime and with practice, especially with artistic things like art, music, writing, and more. img-505171025-0007

 

This piece is called “Transcendental Vision” It was one of my first pieces where I felt almost euphoric about the creativity I was releasing. The eye represents a peek into another world of imagination. I imagined a world of robotic, living things. This is what happened.

This piece was a milestone for me. Looking back at it now I can see so many imperfections with it, but I recognize it as a necessary point of progression. I used a similar style to create this piece almost a year later.

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See how the geometry, line work, and even some of the colors carried over? It amazes me that I made such a leap- I would never have imagined making something like this a year down the road when I was painting the first image in this post.

Here’s another older piece. One of my first watercolor paintings. Read an article about this mixed media piece here.

Mixed media: watercolor on wax-dipped rice paper,
Mixed media: watercolor on wax-dipped rice paper,

I had to do a bunch of stuff to make this mixed media piece. It wasn’t easy! Look how I drew my flowers a year later though!

Oil Pastels on paper
Oil Pastels on paper
Oil Pastels on paper
Oil Pastels on paper

When I was younger I used to draw lots of futuristic cities, design futuristic weapons and vehicles, and draw different kind of aliens and robots. In other words, I was a total nerd, but I can see how that carried on to some of my later work.

Here’s some of my work from early childhood. Unfortunately I havent found any early drawings with the sci fi themes I mentioned. I dont know exactly how old i was but on the back of these pieces it says kindergarten through 3rd grade. IMG_1906.JPG

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A painting of morning glories, mixed media rice paper and wax painting.

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Here is one of my first watercolor paintings. It’s one of those pieces that reminds me of how far I’ve come in about a year and a half of making art. I painted this piece more loosely than most of my other paintings and drawings in other mediums. I chose to paint morning glories both because of the entheogenic properties of their seeds as well as the peaceful way these flowers make me feel when I see them. The morning glory plant is also very versatile, it’s vines climb just about anywhere making it a symbol of determination and ambition.

Mixed media: watercolor on wax-dipped rice paper,
Mixed media: watercolor on wax-dipped rice paper,

 

Materials

  • Rice Paper
  • Watercolor Pigments
  • Crock pot
  • Wax (bee wax)
  • Water color brush/ brush set
  • A brush that you use to apply the wax onto the painting

The Process

Once I had decided I would paint some morning glories, I did a quick sketch of the flowers and then I painted molten wax anywhere I was going to leave the painting white, such as the center of the flowers.I let this dry, then I  got to work by applying watercolors onto the somewhat rectangular piece of rice paper.  I used a small brush for the majority of the painting, especially working on the veins in the leaves.

After I had finished painting, I painted molten wax that I had melted using a crock pot. I used a brush I don’t care about or would consider worthless to apply the molten wax from the crock pot to the painting. Then, I crumpled it up like a worthless piece of trash. Yes, that’s right. A worthless, disposable piece of trash. I do this to apply an interesting texture to the painting. It gives the surface of the piece grooves and bumps. Basically, it adds energy to the piece. It just makes it appear more dynamic, like more stuff is going on.

Making this was interesting, but I doubt I will do it again. It’s a bit of a hassle to get all the materials together, but if you manage to do so it’s worth it to have a unique multimedia piece of art. I wouldn’t put too much time into painting the watercolors or doing your sketch. You don’t know exactly how the piece will look after you cover it with wax until you do it.

The Content: Why morning glories?

I always see the morning glories where I live. They always seem so peaceful and zen. I appreciate their deep and vibrant colors and determined vines. They can climb straight up and their seeds can spread to remote locations relative to their source.

I also picked morning glories primarily because of my interest in their ability to create a stimulus in human consciousness due to a chemical found in the plant (especially its seeds). This chemical is called LSA and it is an entheogen. Less is known about this entheogen compared to more popular ones, making it interesting, novel, and mysterious. There are certainly many interesting accounts of experiences with LSA on the internet, most of which I find fascinating. Just about anything that can have a positive and profound effect on human consciousness interests me.

Conclusion

Okay, so, what’s the point?

This piece was enjoyable to make, but a bit of a hassle. I tried to pick interesting content that was more than just simple, aesthetically pleasing flowers. These plants have an entheogenic property, an ability to affect human consciousness and to allow humans to experience life from a different perspective.This piece is unique in that it has unique ingredients and an interesting use of media.

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