Thursday, July 7, 2011

Olympian Legacy

This is one of my favorite prints. I have an alternate version that is more yellow in appearance. If you notice, between this one and my last one, I have a heave use of maroon/red in these works. One of the things that I really like is the visual effect that I would derive from black figure and red figure vase painting. Because of this, you see my use of a lot of black and red. I use it in a variety of ways to help create the image I was looking for.

What I found out is that there is an incredible treasure trove of ideas and techniques that can be used and adapted from art history. It is not necessary to really limit yourself to modern or contemporary for the sake of trying to feel modern - you can take ideas and reuse them in a modern way to help give things a fresh feel.

I enjoy working with flat images and shapes, while introducing a slightly graded shape or field of color to help contrast the main image. One idea can lead to another, and I find myself, as I work through making this blog and looking at older work, coming up with new ideas and wanting to try new things.

What I found, after I got out of school and began teaching, I needed some time away from art to gain some perspective (and to just earn a living).  I look at this series of prints in an entirely new light, which is entirely valuable to me now.

I hope you enjoy this entry and look forward to any comments.


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