Sunday, May 20, 2012

"Unique" (sold)


"Patterns of creativity are fascinating, God given, and unique as fingerprints." After teaching a class, I am always amazed at how many different ways the same technique gets interpreted. That thought prompted the quote today. It is a reminder that all of us are unique and need to value our own creative voice.

This piece is all about drama and contrast. Notice that there is a thin ribbon of black in the pouring medium and also in the butterfly. It is wise to be very prudent when using black unless you are creating a black and white piece with variations of gray. In this technique, where the color still feels like it's moving even after it's dry, black can overpower the piece and scare you half to death. I'm not kidding! That actually happened to me and I immediately threw the piece in the trash.

The pencil lines in the first layer and the word fascinating written and going underneath the butterfly plus the quote offer a wonderful contrast to the intense color and very abstract piece of artwork. Pencil and charcoal lines show the human gesture and individuality of the artist. It seems to say....a human being touched this art piece. It was not created by a machine. It is very important to show your unique marks in your art.

Even in the act of pouring color on the paper, each person approaches it with a certain kind of movement unique to them. It is quite fascinating and I hope this gives you a few more things to think about.

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