Gold and black acrylic with 24k gold leaf

My latest work is an abstract mixed media on canvas. I used 24K gold leaf in addition to gold and black acrylic to create a piece that I call: “Concerto”.

A gold field of metallic acrylic washed over a black negative space with gold leaf.
A gold field of metallic acrylic washed over a black negative space.

Concerto is an abstract representation of my imagination of time in the universe. Time is a fluid force that melts through its environment, seeping into small crooks and caverns. The fluidity of time is one that is difficult to contain, and is uncontrollable as a result.

A shapeless Gold acrylic and gold leaf over top a black negative space.
A gold field of acrylic over top a black negative space.

The positioning of each corner where gold touches black- where time meets our reality- is temporary. In this piece, the golden field melts over-top of the black expanse in an uneven method, also signifying the non-linear nature of the measurement of time in the universe versus our perceptions.

A shapeless Gold acrylic and gold leaf over top a black negative space
A gold field over top a black negative space side view.

The gold colour signifies the rarity of time to humans in our existence. Time is limited, like gold, and thus holds immense value to us. At the heart of the gold acrylic field, a spackle of 24K gold leaf represents the truth and realness that lies within the unmeasurable field of golden time.

A shapeless Gold acrylic and gold leaf over top a black negative space zoomed in to see artist signature
Artist’s signature on Concerto.

In this way, I intend to express that the value is truly authentic, as the heart of the field is real gold and not just a representation.

A shapeless Gold acrylic and gold leaf over top a black negative spac
Concerto in garden view by Stephanie Konu

What do you see in my latest piece? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

A blissful underwater acrylic scene

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Underwater Bliss

Lately, I have been working with a lot of pastel greens and examining how they interact with deep cerulean blue in my acrylic technique.

When I say “lately” I’m specifically talking about the past few days since summer has arrived here in Southern Ontario, Canada.

Although my initial entry into the art world began with my desire to create large artists canvas at infinitesimally cheaper costs than retail; I have become preoccupied with smaller pieces (6″ x 12″) in a rectangular shape.

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Behind the scenes shot of underwater bliss and companion

By the end of July, I am hoping to have enough pieces  that I am proud of enough to put forward as part of my portfolio. Portfolio + confidence are my goals as an artists for the summer of 2016.

-S

 

 

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Cheap vs expensive acrylic paint: why cheap will cost you in the long run

I decided to buy a cheap brand of acrylic paint on a recent trip to the art supply store.

The quantity was plenty, and the colours looks great; but, when I got the tubes home I noticed that they did not mix well with my usual premium acrylic paints to create a style that I liked. One of the positive sides to this mishap, was that the paints had a nice body to them; and I was able to create some texture in this piece (seen above).

I have heard many times that in order to be good at something (like, really really good), you have to do whatever the thing is every single day. Following that stream of thought, it would make sense that some days as a painter, one just needs to paint for the sake of painting. The quality of the paint should not really matter or serve as a roadblock to achieving the goal of painting everyday.

Above we see an abstract landscape painting. I intended it to be a very abstract and colourful scene with mountains and a golden sun. I have heard from many admirers of my art that as the beholder’s they can decide on what they see. The colours are decided, but ultimately the image that is viewed is entirely up to you, and how you feel at that moment.

I enjoy creating feelings 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

A Colourful Tidal Wave

image.jpeg I want to capture the element of surprise.

I took to blending bright colours and gold to contrast texture, field size, and shape.

As always, the execution of this piece is something that I will need to properly position and tweak to my liking.

Did you know, that I never sign a piece until I feel that it is 100% complete? I suppose that would be the singular perfectionist trait that I hold.

(And yes, that is the only one)

thanks for stopping by,

-S