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Lost in Translation (Bits and Pieces)

Hi everyone! So because this painting has had such a unique process and I want viewers to really dive into it, I’ll be posting small snippets of the piece for you to take a closer look at. This is the bottom left corner in which many things are happening. Without forcing the viewer to view the painting in a certain light, I will refrain from initially describing what I, as the artist, envisioned. 

I do want to add that this particular corner can be view by looking from three different distances and by focusing in on the white OR the black. Let me know what you spot and how this makes you feel. Feel free to comment

I’ve tested it out

So I’ve shown my friends my painting, and few, if any, were able to see what I had envisioned. The painting is super abstract; Lost in Translation is literally the epitome of my mind lol, it makes no sense. The whole painting from a distance (~12 in) is a mess of different eyes, and other unfamiliar shapes. There’s a lot going on, but every detail was thought out carefully and to me, most stoked within the painting tell a story. It’s very, very different the closer you get.

The canvas can be rotated; from my perspective I’ve included images working in the new direction. Not sure what other people see.

I have difficultly trying to not direct people “how to view it” because I want to make sure they notice the tiny details. With this painting in particular, the details are the most important part.

I follow what my mind sees when I paint, almost like I’m tracing an image reflected from my mind onto my blank canvas. This tracing feeling became much more familiar as the painting progressed (~3 months) and started to recognize it.

Basically, just don’t be too quick. Take a second to really look, breathe it in and enjoy the sporadic and confusing energy.

1/19/2021

Need to document this before I forget. Currently 1/19, painting the (7+ hours spent on this). I just started looking at it from farther back; It’s fucking trippy. It’s almost like an optical illusion. It gives you no clarity as to where something ends. When you take a bunch of seemingly random things and for them to create something bigger, it’s uncomfortable. This painting thus far gives the viewer nothing to hold onto. Nothing in this piece grounds you.

Lost in Translation

I’ve been working on a piece since January 2021 and I still have no idea when it will be done or where it is going. This particular piece began with minor outline of a 23 in pencil and took a life of it’s own; the remainder of the piece is free hand painting. To me, this piece represents my subconscious; whatever wanted to come out in that moment, surfaced throughout my ametaur paintbrush. It’s all over the place, overwhelming even, and it attempts to make the viewer uncomfortable yet intrigued while gazing upon the piece.

The canvas can be rotated different directions and more images will appear. Although I’m not sure how others will view this piece and its many parts, if enough time is spent (marijuana is encouraged), the piece will engulf you.

I plan to post various close up and distance shots of the piece, at it’s many angles and I would love your interpretation. My perception of this painting is unique to me; how do you see it?

Evening Growth

My piece called Evening Growth, is an acrylic painting which served as an opportunity to capture my emotions during this pandemic, taking me approximately six weeks to complete. This painting, in particular, represents my anxieties. 

I began this painting with no clear idea of what I wanted to paint; at the time, eucalyptus trees were not my intention, nor had I ever painted trees before. I began painting with an array of acrylic colors laid out in front of me, and I let my brush take the lead. I typically visualize anywhere from 4-10 images at a time, and pick one to follow; this painting happened to manifest into this.

03/22/2020
04/21/2020
05/01/2020
05/02/2020

After Completion

This is what I wrote directly after completing my painting:

I painted this to release my emotions, and in analyzing it now, it’s interesting to see how my emotions manifested. In the painting, the second tree on the far right was where my painting began. This is one of the more vibrant trees of the image, and I think it’s fair to say that when that was painted, I felt vibrant. As weeks have passed, my anxiety has faced many ups and downs, and I think that’s apparent in the subtle difference between the trees. In looking at the finished painting, it is very different from where it began. The top half of the image is very dark, with little to no light on the treetops, but it did not start that way; initially, the tops were shades of bright green. As the weeks progressed, the colors of the painting got darker. Looking at the top half of the image, its very dark and heavy, those darker spots, the top and various points around the trees represent the darker points of my mental health. Each brush stroke had emotion running through it, and each time I came back to the painting, it was a feeling of renewal in a sense, as a new emotion surfaced. Today I feel sad and anxious. Yesterday I was okay. I would say the painting as a whole represents the times where you aren’t feeling your best; whether it be anxious, or sad, this painting is a complete representation of all those feelings.