Smile You Are On Camera

9×12 in. mixed media. Wasn’t Sure where I was going with this at first, but after the texture started coming thru the netting, everything started to fit nicely. The under layers in this were vastly different from what the viewer is seeing, but I am sure  the results wouldn’t have been as nice. The building up of layers to get the netting to settle in gave me a double bang, as they subdued the under layers quite well. Was going to place some dark rub-on fonts in this but the dark pieces of mat-board served the need better and doesn’t distract the viewer from the rest of the work. I also used a mat knife to dig thru the layers to add contrast and interest in several needed areas. Why the title? This piece feels like night in a  downtown area after a rain storm, some mist, city lights and glares reflecting the urban colors and maybe a photo flash here or there…it would be too easy to say the netting is like metal fencing, not sure about that however the squares the netting creates don’t feel organic but more like man-made structures. I don’t share this much normally about a work as I want viewers to figure for themselves what a piece says to them,however in this case I couldn’t resist…:-)

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6 thoughts on “Smile You Are On Camera

  1. The colors are amazing and I think its one of those pieces where each viewer can see a whole different world in it. Like finding shapes in clouds but in multiple dimensions. If that makes any sense. It does to me.

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your own piece. I know artists/writers/etc aren’t usually ‘supposed’ to do that, but it’s always interesting to hear. Personally, I think you can know the artist’s intent and still find your own meaning in it – they’re not always mutually exclusive.
    And I love the colors!

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