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Evolutions Part I

by Bart Baird in Evolutions
     
                  
I had ‘gone dark’ for a while, and it was good to be back in the world. I’d been in the studio for a very long time, largely cut off from social media, news, events, people, even the stream of life.
I had profound realizations, and have finally devised something extraordinary that I’ve been slowly conceptualizing in my mind for the past several years. I’ve also rendered some very satisfying new works.
‘Evolutions’ is the name of my new series.
It’s a move forward in my own evolutions as a global artist, and the beginning of something unique for me, a new technique or two as well.
The story of this painting is odd. I noticed something on one of my old paintings, and recall what happened to create this little spark. I was experimenting with different viscosities, and pushed the limit with white paint, thinner than the black paint it was about to married to.
I took the thinnest viscosity of the white and pushed the envelope and added enough water to molecularly break apart the paint, so to speak. The effect was so detailed, almost fractal, I couldn’t believe it. And the need to be outrageously detailed in my work, began.
Not with the watered down paint, though.
I wanted bold colors, thick and thin paint, in control and not so thin that it separates, which is 30% paint and 70% water. What I learned was that with various viscosities, but not quite enough to break it apart, could be manipulated in a way through air pressure and then finished with a very small brush. Here I found the key elements, the right conditions to render fantasical imagery!
I modified one of my small thin brushes to maybe five ‘hairs.’ Very small. I bought a pair of 2.75 reading glasses and wore them while using a magnifying lamp. I could get control of painting at an almost microscopic level. Some of it is too small to see with the naked eye. I became so intrigued by this, I could hardly tear my self apart from it.
This has added a new level! I could express so much in so many areas of the canvas. which seemed huge now.
Within it are wonder and awe, contentment and longing, fascination, joy, intrigue, adaptation and strength. So much eludes language here, that is particularly true. The realm of birth, growth, adaptation and emotions, and more, enmeshed together in one…source. In every discovery and process, in this this dance of colors, I often find sweeping, ethereal states, where words fall short.I strive to create art that is intrinsic, extremely interesting…visually. Compelling, I would say.

My paintings will cause Paraidolia, which is the mind’s tendency to interpret, or be selective when faced with an abundance of random visual stimulation.

The definition being: a psychological phenomenon that causes people to see patterns in a chaotic or random stimulus. This often leads to people assigning human characteristics to objects. Usually this is simplified to people seeing faces in objects where there isn’t one.

It is seeing faces or other human characteristics in a ‘seemingly’ random display of colors and shapes, or an abundance of visual stimulation. Sometimes it’s animals, fantastical and monstrous beings, or even objects.
I encourage this phenomenon

This 48 inch by 48 inch canvas is the first of this series, where I plan on not only painting on larger and larger canvases but also want to have negative space.
Paint IS the vehicle for color, and I have discovered new methods of ‘delivery.’ These new tools, new methods, add to my arsenal and seem to just open up so many more avenues.

  
 
 
 This section below is about 1.5″ x 1.5″, of the 36″ x 48 inch” canvas

3 Comments

Realy Nice Post Sir Thanks For Share.
Samia Valletto
I am truly blown away by your talent as an artist and writer. Your work is one of a kind, it’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it’s both dark and colorful, it is you.
Your blog is very useful and provides tremendous facts. Keep up the good work.

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