I have been working with themes lately. I find that having a theme in mind keeps a person like me much more on track. As a creative-type, my process can be wandering due to my constant desire to explore, learn, and try new things.
This is my latest work, entitled: “Underwater Volcanic Pressure”
I wanted to capture an imagined view of magma trapped between two giant tectonic plates, by blending blues greens and bright orange with yellow.
The size is a bit small at 12 x 24 inches. If I could go back, I would had made this a bit larger, as I really like the way the orange magma turned out, and I would have liked to see it spread out on a wider canvas.
Right now I am enjoying using bright orange to contrast with dark blue in my work, so I am very excited to see how this will evolve in my next few pieces.
I have been practicing new techniques with my abstract art. Swirls, clouds, and other effects are what I have been trying to achieve, and as seen above, my pursuits have been pretty good.
This piece is different because not only have I tried to communicate familiar shapes, but I have experimented with the shape and dimensions of the canvas. (Notice that the top right corner is irregular, and creates an inclined shape.)
I still try to focus on effective colour composition- as this is the reason why I started painting in the first place. Grey, blue and gold are the colours I am loving right now; however, I am noticing that dark violet tones are creeping in to my work (seen here).
I wanted to feature this piece specifically because it incorporates lots of gold. I like it so much that I gave it a name;(something I have not made a habit of thus far). It is entitled “Heaven’s gate” as this was the first term that came to my mind when it was completed.
I used gold leaf, green and blue acrylic on this 12 x 6 inch canvas. The only qualm I have with this work is that it isn’t as large as it deserves to be (in my opinion). There is some limited relief and texture in this piece, and the blending is quite well executed.
I have not sold this piece yet, but even if it doesn’t sell I am happy to have it hand on my wall for as long as I am able to.
I created these as complimentary pieces using gold leaf. Each measures to be about 36 x 24 inches- quite large for acrylic on canvas. My goal was to create a glimpse into an underwater wold with dark colours blended into light yellows and gold.
I have hanged the two pieces in landscape orientation with the piece on the right above the piece on the left in my home: my hope is to create a statement wall of art that will act as a “conversation starter” in our dining area. I love interior design: especially when it is for my own home.
On the left
I like the use of violet (purple) as I rarely use this colour. It’s a colour that evokes deep emotion, and I find my eyes drawn to it when I behold this piece.
It’s very lovely.
The introduction of yellow at the top of this piece was a risk: I don’t actually love that hue of yellow as I feel that it contrasts too much with the violet colours (perhaps that is why I don’t often use violet as I find it difficult to compose colour schemes when it is involved).
On the right
I painted this piece first (before the one on the left). The colours are softer- much more somber than the hard contrast of the companion piece. There is much more gold leaf in this piece, and the dominant colours are grey and sky blue. I think this one captures the “underwater” theme more concretely.
I am looking forward to creating more pieces like this, and I think I am developing a distinct style for acrylics on canvas.
“The name really caught on to me once I finished this piece. So experimental. Sharp contrasting blue sky against eclipsing doom: a massive jellyfish. I worked with ink here for the strong black lines across the horizon. I wanted the image to evoke a sense that this large object was going to overcome all structures and life in its way. The buildings are made to be like melting objects, similar to a nuclear attack.” – -Anieksteph 2015
This is an experimental design of acrylic on canvas that I completed a few weeks ago. I call it: “Into the Bubble-verse”. My idea was to illustrate a universe of blue bubbles; however, without knowing that they are bubbles, an observer could draw other observations. I’m actually inspired to paint another similar piece that connects more abstractly to the idea of a bubble universe. (*giggles* I hope you can tell how much I enjoy this new hobby).
Alas I have gifted this piece to my dear brother for his birthday, after he mentioned how much he liked it.
I read a story once- in a comic book- about a beautiful woman who lived on a planet that was on the verge of technology that would take its people to an entirely new plateau of existence. They would soon evolve to become advanced beings, and so, the lord of the dream world fell in love with this beautiful woman who lived on this planet. In this story, he took this woman as his lover- and in the beginnings of their courtship, took her to a gathering in another realm.
This gathering was attended by other magnificent beings-including the manifestation of her planet’s Sun. She did not know who he was at first, but felt as though she had known him her entire life. The story concludes with the Sun declaring that he had loved her, her entire life, and that he watched over her and kept her warm from afar. And, that if she would have him, he would love her forever more. Sadly for the king of dreams, she accepted, and the two left the gathering together to be as one.
I find this type of romance to be the most alluring. Longing, devotion, declarations. Not to mention the idea of someone loving you from afar. If these things happen in real life, they are hardly ever admitted to- and if they are, a restraining order usually follows. It seems as though few people open their heart. I know that there is so much hurt in the world- and that if you open your heart some of the bad things may enter just by chance. So we close ourselves off. We harden. We brick each other off with each breath so that we may protect our inner selves from the cold grasp of sadness and hurt.
I wonder if there is a way to keep an open heart, but still remain protected?