Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cracked Under Pressure

Huh … got thinking today about the expression cracked under pressure. I hear it used most frequently to connote collapsed under mental or emotional stress, and I realize I rarely consider its literal meaning.

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
abstract
2016
$50

5 comments:

  1. Is this the result of what you started yesterday? Those squiggly lines have really come to life! Great texture and color, and intriguing how it rides the line between abstract and realism.

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    1. Hey, Scott, thanks for your comments! This IS the end result of what I started the day before. Those squiggly lines did come to life; in fact, they gave me a bit of a ride in so doing. Thanks for your feedback on texture and color, and the image's riding the line between abstract and realism.

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    2. I like it. Great balance of values.

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  2. Now this makes me think of a grand old tree, on a wild and blustery day!

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    1. Sheila, love your grand old tree standing up to wild bluster! Thank you!

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