Saturday, April 2, 2011
De Gustibus Non Est Disputandem?
For the most part, oils are my favorite medium. Watercolors are not quite "solid" enough for my tastes, and until now, the dull, glue-like texture of acrylics has never seemed to showcase my brushwork properly. I enjoy beautiful art by others in any medium; as for my own work, I can be very finicky about textures and consistencies, and therefore slow to take on new media. Yet this is exactly why I convince myself to experiment-- so that I do not halt my artistic development on the basis of some rudimentary aversion, and so that I learn to bring out the good in any medium I wield. Therefore, The Dark Side of the Moon [above], like my previous painting, was done in acrylic, though this time varnished. I also worked on a canvas no bigger than a sheet of notebook paper. Sometimes, smaller surfaces are ideal for refining one's brush control, attention to relevant detail, and sense of composition as a whole. The image itself is meant as a simple expression of mystery, and a nod to the exploration of the cosmos, which is, in a sense, an exploration of our own being as well.