I worked on my next painting this afternoon. I’ve been lacking in creativity because of a few stressful / irritating factors in my environment.My drive tends to come from powerful feelings manifesting in just the right contexts. Lately I’ve been sick of staying at the youth shelter. For the most part, I don’t enjoy the presence of the teens around me.
Still, I put on some music from my phone and ordered something to come out.
I thought of having a grey, yellow and sky-blue background, as a landscape for a series of black stairs. I think I thought of the black stairs at two different times: for the idea of the never ending escalation process to my goals (like steps on a ladder), and again when I played Radiohead’s “15 steps”. I also thought of adding a splash of bright warmth. Lately I noticed that allot of good HD art have cold colors with a splash of warmth. It creates the illusion of a concentrated warmth in a contrasting cold environment, I figure. (
So I poured some colors on the canvas and then poured water on the canvas. This is something I did with a painting I did back in Moncton New-Brunswick:
I remember now that I had done that painting differently. Either way, I splashed water on the acrylic paint I poured onto the canvas and kept repeating those two steps over the surface of the canvas till it wasn’t quite a series of melts and layers, but a mix of that and a big grey blotch. Since the texture of the canvas was so apparent, and since the color mixes could not be properly channeled with gravity, I proceeded to some glitter I found in the shelter. (They got a big box of crafting/scrap-booking art supplies)
At that point it was covered in glitter but the clouds weren’t properly spread. I shook it around a bit and then I separated the canvas glitter in half. My paint brush took half the gold off and I mixed the remaining acrylic as much as I could, so that it would look like water. Then I added some orange at the “water line”, in the shape of a mixed heart beat. This is when I was thinking I could have it be divided like a split rock – I don’t indulge in that idea enough.
I’ve been having the idea of having rings or stripes like a split quartz, but having patterns within each section, like a thin Easter egg layer. I would want it to be as colorful and as complex as some of the many beautiful cloths in books illustrating traditional & modern cloths alike from other countries.
I’m going to keep adding to it. I’d also like to add orange trees if it isn’t overdoing it. I need a way to show some solid 2D eye-candy.
The other painting I was working on is currently in this state: