Wednesday 3 March 2010

Quick peek at Invasive Species

Some pics of what I've been working on the last few weeks, click to enlarge. Crit-class is this afternoon.

Invasive Species


These paintings are 48"x12" and 36"x48. Bigger than I've done in a while, and it was really freeing. Since I began blogging almost 3 years ago, a lot of my work tends to fit on my scanner.

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traumador said...

nice beginning to the piece. i'm digging the title, and anticipate something sinister to form on that background...

very interesting on your piece sizes. it makes sense, and almost has an evolutionary adaptive parallel to it. artwork can't exceed a size or else it can't be digitized, a form of art pollination as it were these days. an art piece that is too big is hard to get out there, and thus its reproduction is put in jeoporday. i'll let you carry on this metaphor (i'm a titch sick, and coherent deep thoughts are tought to type right now)

working in a digital medium, i've found my work only continues to get bigger and bigger. in theory i could create stuff that is the size of a skyscrapper (in resolution), but my skill and attention to detail prevent it :P

it is a very interesting art topic, and one that might be worth briefly discussing on ART Evolved. i'm thinking about a new philosophy ARTicle category for just such discussions.

Sean Craven said...

I hear you about growing size; these days most of my initial pieces are done at 3' x 4', or somewhere in that neighborhood.

Both of these have an Asian feel to me, reminiscent of silk paintings or brocade prints. Very lovely indeed.

Glendon Mellow said...

Hey Traum, it would be interesting to hear how Art Evolved members think about their work in a more meta sense.

The medium is the message, but it also comes with constraints and advantages.

The painting is actually finished, and nothing more in the background. I'm going to go back and play some more with the Photoshop, and the professor actually prefers the tree upside down, so I'll display the final in a few days.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks Sean! Michelle likes this one too.

I spend a lot of time in parks, and I was thinking about an out-of-place tree. Sort of like a bonsai, but larger. The purple petals allude to purple loosestrife which is a problem in some parts of Ontario. I tried to get a bit of a double helix going with the petals and tree.

Monado said...

Now that's a lovely and intriguing picture. It has a dreamy sense of distance, and thus perhaps time. Very fine work!

Purple loosestrife seems to be controlled these days since beetles were released that eat its seeds, but another purple flower, the spotted knapweed, is moving in. And there's the spiralling pale spiderwort, or dog-strangling vine, moving into Toronto.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks for that link, Monado! I'll check out those plants.

I'm happy with how this piece turned out. Suggestions in class critique were to
a) re-do the Photoshop picture to make the paintings look like they're hanging from ropes and
b)turn the tree upside down to make it appear more otherworldly.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic use of colors and light. They are exquisitely beautiful.

Glendon Mellow said...

Thanks B! It's a dark piece, but I'll need to photograph it again when it's dry.

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