Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Prog/Proj

COMPLETE: July 04, 2009. All I know is that it's done. And the next self-propelled painting project will involve the human body and lungs. Mostly lungs. Probably.

As for this project, I think I am slowly getting a grasp of what I am exploring. The unfortunate part is that I am not sure how to effectively explain what's going on. There is obviously still some exploration of materiality. And there is some sort of psychoemotional (is that a word? probably not) expression. I think the dog is a device to distance the painting from becoming to directly personal, as the message should not only be applicable in a self-study sense. I think everyone suffers from inner conflicts, and the obvious desire to behave in different ways than is appropriate (shut up, Freud). On that note, I think I am doing the image damage by saying anything about it, but feel free to let me know what you think.

Painting Update: June 28, 2009. Hard to say if it's finished. I don't want to talk about it. *huffs off* (which means I know it's not). But I do like how the dog is now looking less angry and more afraid. Despite their being more or less the same emotion.

Drawing update: June 22, 2009. Welp. I think the drawing portion is relatively completed. So much of it is going to be covered in paint anyways. And I am still looking forward to those teeth. I'm still thinking about what I'm getting out of this, and I feel like it may be commenting on becoming what you embrace. Regardless of what you want to embrace, or regardless of if you want to embrace anything?

Drawing update: June 17, 2009. I'm thinking crusty yellow teeth. Sorta like the yellow in the fish head painting below. I think it references something biological that is a result of harm (puss). And something about being harmed by being the harmer. Ah. On with my blither blather.

Narcissism dog likes empathy? Title in progress. As is the drawing. I can't wait to make those teeth look gnar.

...this is another narcissistic empathy painting. Something about being too distracted with frivolousness to notice the grotesque fishy heads. Or something. I'll elaborate later... maybe.


  1. Nice paitings... though I am not an art guy.. but i would like to learn more about the art.... What I came out from your paiting is some one is embracing ... a girl.... but why that still a question... from my experience I learned what people draw and write shows there past experience and behaviour. I am new to this field but would like to know more from you.

    Waiting for the reply from my would be teacher who can help me understanding the art of painting which tells a lot to other without saying a single word..

  2. Hey, thanks for the post! And just for the record, I firmly believe that all people are art people, because basically everything we use has some form of creative process in it and is therefore artistic.

    I am not sure what you mean about someone embracing a girl, but of course everyone gets something different out of looking at artwork. And while I do attempt to contribute honest artwork that is psychologically representative, I think that at the end of the day it's more important to look at how the devices used by the artist contribute to overall themes and ideas. I certainly do address my past and experience in many (if not all) of my paintings, and this is the only thing I really know (or don't know, haha). I don't think that these necessarily reference my past behaviour, as I am not an exceptionally dramatic or expressive person as far as the way I demonstrate myself or react. Maybe these are more referencing how I wish I would react or the way I reacted in my head/heart? I definitely don't claim to know all the answers, but as soon as the puzzle is figured out, it is very boring, so I don't think that looking for a definite answer is really a good way to go about looking at art.

    I think that a good process for begining/learning to look at art is 1) to look at the devices used that contribute to the overall tone/subject, 2) try to guess at what the artist is getting at, and 3) try to apply what you think to your own life, because it is you that are informing your overall opinion of the painting. This includes your own past and experiences, just as the product is informed by mine.

    I hope you continue to look at new art works (including mine!), because art can be very rewarding and personally revealing.