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Art of the Week: Perpetuating the Essence of Van Gogh

 

My painting of Van Gogh's original painting
My painting of Van Gogh’s original painting

What is it?

This is my revamp acrylic painting of Van Gogh’s original painting “A Meadow in the Mountains: Le Mas de Saint Paul”.  I call my painting (above) based on Van Gogh’s original piece: “Multidimensional Portals in Van Gogh’s Hyperspace”. Below is a picture of Gogh’s original painting.

Van Gogh’s Original Painting

Depicted in both of our paintings are heavily colored  pallets, defined brush strokes that converge into shapes resembling mountains, a barn, shrubbery, a meadow,  a rather crudely shaped stream, and a brilliant sunset/ sunrise.

My painting includes a UFO off to the side, floating ominously.  Hence the title to my painting. Meanwhile, Gogh’s painting features more shrubbery and contrasting colors in some areas.

How?

I emulated Van Gogh’s painting style which has been called impasto. Impasto paintings consist of very, very thick and copious amounts of paint placed blob by blob on top of or next to eachother until a desired appearance is achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impasto paintings are often highly textural in appearance.

I also used a photograph of Van Gogh’s original painting as a reference for creating my own.

Parts of this painting came to be quite systematically while others, like the sky, seemed to flow from out of me with no effort and lots of joy. The movement in the sky and in parts of the meadow reflect how I was feeling as I made them: joyful, energized, free.

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Conclusion

This piece made me feel like during parts of its creation I was merely a vessel for which the creation took place through me. It was as if the essence or spirit of Van Gogh was working through me in some areas. Of course, this could merely be a coincidental, natural phenomenon in which I was enjoying creating art. However, that is not a feeling I often acquire when making art and it is definitely not something I can do on demand. So..perhaps I should try something like this again in the future.

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Art of the Week: Paradigm Portal

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What is it?

This is an acrylic painting on a 16×20 inch piece of canvas pad.

Depicted is a symmetric, geometric painting of various shapes, lines, and gems. In the very center of the painting there is a tiny blue portal. It’s not that the portal is actually tiny, just that it’s farthest away from the viewer’s perspective.

The alien, synthetic, technological appearance is symbolic of the new paradigm I acknowledge our species is creating and immersing itself in. I call it “Paradigm Portal” for this reason.

Why?

I wanted to create something synthetic looking. I wanted something symmetric and aesthetically pleasing and I wanted to make something close to my painting “Consciousness Storage Device”.

You can see how the color themes and visual ideas from this previous painting influenced the making of “Paradigm Portal”. The detailed line work is almost the same shape and color scheme, even the background copper tones of concentric circles leading into a blue center carried over into the more recent painting. I even used the same reflective copper paint.

suspended enigma

I also wanted to mix things up a bit and add some of the new skills I learned from my painting “Suspended Enigma” into this painting. As you can see, I took the swirly, spherical white and blue orbs from “Suspended Enigma” and painted them into “Paradigm Portal”. I did’t just stick to orbs though, I used the same technique to make oval shaped gems on the edge of the painting as well as the much larger blue and white sections on the sides of the more recent painting.

How?

I started this piece by creating a graphite cross. This is the foundation of the artwork and allow for me to create the symmetric effect much easier.

I then draw the outline of the artwork in grahphite. I build up bit by bit, starting with a few basic shapes and expanding as I continue to maintain a symmetric appearance. Eventually my graphte outline is complete and I’m ready to start applying acrylic paint. Because graphite on canvas pad tends to smear easily I paint part of the outline with black paint.

Next, I start filling in the shapes and shading them.

Add some details…

Fill in the background and use a graphite pencil directly on the paper to create an outline for some of my line details..

And it’s done!

Conclusion

I really like the way this piece looks. I love how it shimmers as I move around the room, looking at it from different angles. I want to do this again, but next time I’d like to add more objects that emphasize depth in the painting. I’d just like to push the depth a little farther like I did in “Consciousness Storage Device.”

In this photo you can see how the background copper paint shimmers and shines.
In this photo you can see how the background copper paint shimmers and shines.

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Art of the Week: ARTSPLOSION!!!!11!!!!!!!11!!1!1

Artsplosion

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.
Why?
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.
How?
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.

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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.

Conclusion

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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