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  • Léger Comme un Esprit, WIP
  • Léger Comme un Esprit, WIP
  • Léger Comme un Esprit, WIP
  • Léger Comme un Esprit, WIP
  • Léger Comme un Esprit, WIP

Léger Comme un Esprit, WIP

A few progress pics of the LCE painting. This is the first painting I have completed using the CatsEye software. In the end, it doesn’t look like the computer was much involved, which I am ok with – although I was hoping for the pattern to come through a bit more than it did. This was also my first casein painting. I ordered the casein emulsion directly from Kremer and most of the pigments came from Sinopia in San Francisco. I really like the effects casein produces – it’s very tricky to work with; it is not like oil or watercolour even though there are similarities to both. As with any painting, the digital reproduction does not do justice to the actual colours, but I think this is especially true of casein where the interplay of layers is remarkably rich.

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Art possesses the capacity to develop one’s ability to observe, be patient, appreciate multiple perspectives, develop strategies both spontaneous and deliberate, meditate deeply upon a subject, and to engage in a dialogue with one’s environment and community. In fact, art is not only capable of nurturing such awareness, one could say art is the apotheosis of such cognitions. What kind of job can you get with an art degree? What kind of world will we we have without purposefully developing these human conditions?

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Walpurgisnacht – session 1

Walpurgisnacht – session 1

Starting a new painting today. This time it’s going to be in oil, and it will probably take much longer than my recent work with watercolor. The pattern was created in Processing using some code I worked on over the summer with my research assistants Ben Jack and Ian Loh. It is basically a pattern/tessellation program; I upload an ink drawing (or any image) and it ‘swedes’ it out into a pattern. A click of the button yields a slightly different variation with different color schemes (thanks Karsetn Schmidt / ToxicLibs!). After a few hours sketching with this, tweaked it in Photoshop using puppet-warp, it was then projected onto the canvas where I roughed it out in acrylic. Now time to refine it over the next few weeks in between my small watercolor projects.

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  • Time to make oil paint
  • Time to make oil paint

Time to make oil paint

If you live in New Zealand, a 40ml tube of Cobalt Blue oil paint (high quality, like Sennelier) could set you back $100. Fuck that.

And while some brands, like M Graham have undisputed quality in terms of texture, lightfastness, viscosity, age-resistance, many big-name manufacturers (like Winsor and Newton) are adding more and more crap to their paint in order to, you guessed it, increase their profit margins. Making your own paint is not hard, can be of very high archival quality (once you get the hang of it) and save you hundreds of dollars. I get all of my pigment from Kremer in New York City and Sinopia in San Francisco. Making oil and watercolor are particularly easy. Some day soon I want to try making some casein and acrylic.

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Faccia Verso

Faccia Verso

watercolor on paper, 2014

The culturally relative nature of hand gestures rapidly give way to a singular meaning. Artists like myself vie for the binary thumbs-up approval of creative expression: limits of quality, and possible income, are achieved by accumulating exponential levels of likes, plays, views and re-tweets.