But it is precisely its literal meaning that's the source of all the cool lines I love in rocks: those rocks cracked under pressure.
In so doing they created abundant natural art for me to enjoy all these geologic eras later.
Ironically, I cracked a little under pressure myself in painting this piece. I got too much up in my head trying to achieve particular effects, and the intuitive flow I'd felt with other recent pieces collapsed under the mental stress!
But, an experiment is an experiment: go in with a hypothesis and make observations. The end result might be unexpected but welcome. It might be expected but not terribly exciting. Or any one of many other possibilities might emerge. The outcome here is one that makes me want to conduct further experiments.
|Cracked Under Pressure|
7x7", acrylic, ink, collage, and oil pastel on canvas paper