I am a rebel! Yeah, you heard me correctly!! I BREAK RULES!!!
If I lack the desire to paint seven or so individual faces the size of a quarter, then I don’t do it. I simplify figures when I’m sleep deprived; yes, hands and feet, this means you! I WILL develop female figurines who have NO hair, small boobs, healthy hips & thighs and ample buttocks! Take that, Hollywood beauty standards!!
Art pushes boundaries and breaks rules on a constant, near religious basis. And if I don’t feel like it, I won’t follow the rules when it comes to mixing media, either! Water- based media and oil-based media don’t mix?! Tell that to Caran D’Ache and their Neocolor water-soluble crayons, or to a good 2/3 of my paintings and at least 1/2 of my prints from last semester! (Don’t tell Beidler I printed them right on top of each other, though; she’d have a conniption. SHHHHH! :P)
I sort of just attacked a canvas with some black paint. It used to bear a image of the Earth crying from a couple years ago but I had never completed that picture and decided in the end to just scrap it and start over. So I turned Earth into a random blue planet, and EPIPHANY! Why not have women figures supporting/shaping and forming the universe? According to my African traditional religions class last semester, women are divine sources of ccreative energy and wisdom. (And some folks said they never learned anything. Hmph.)
I did something minor and huge at the same time. I had these globes which were supposed to form cool patterns on the surface of my planets–but how to duplicate it?
I had to make the acrylic run and drip in a couple of smears and directional lines. Acrylic (a water-based paint a molecule or two away from plastic–or straight plastic) + Corn oil = separation of pigment and its binder, which leads to really brilliant effects when mixed on tissue paper.
This “illegal” mixture is best seen on Aoi (Japanese for blue) and Verde. Yes, I named my planets; they’re my creation and definitely cute enough!
In retrospect, I could have let the blue planet remain detailed (It was much more green than blue) and allow the silhouettes to remain unfilled. Perhaps in the future, I will create this image again, much larger and with more details in the cosmos, including comets, stars, and other astral bodies. I may even add stars to the work presently done…so the planets don’t seem like vague, random spheres.
Que sera, sera. I think it’s brilliantly executed for an all-nighter.