Acrylics on 12"x12" canvas.
Portrait of Mos Def.
Sometimes it's the scariest thing in the world to think of things outside of the context that we normally perceive them. Just today I had something of an epiphany about this and how it pertains to the art world.... rather, how art can serve different purposes and that's part of what creativity is. Much like art, people come in similar varieties ....
Regardless, I've been so wrapped up in the technicality of some of my work that I forget: it was the childlike informality of some of my earlier work that led me to discoveries in how to be better. It was occasional carelessness that fostered a more interesting story ....
I've approached art from both a technical standpoint and a creative propensity, however, I've yet to try what a lot of artists do ... and that's pursue a series that's significance was somewhat rooted in quantity and time. How much can I say in an instant (or 3 hours) that will last a lifetime? These concepts of the instantaneous and long-lasting coming together is fascinating.
In esssssssence, this series is a lot of fun to paint, but it gives me some degree of anxiety to overcome. I'm not painting exactly what is before me. I am deviating slightly. I am making mistakes, but I am doing my best. I have to be okay with it, for the sake of knowing that the series itself is what matters, and not necessarily the individuals within (though they help!)~ That's sounds suuuuper utilitarian to say, but it's intriguing, all the same!
Why Mos Def? because because because :)
Somebody did a really good recitation of "Mathematics" at a show not too long ago, around the time I was considering painting a large-scale Mos Def but being concerned because it wouldn't work for my large-scale series. He did an awesome job~!
I will have this piece as well as several others available at my next live-painting experience, which will be during the upcoming Goody Night on November 29th! Hope to see you there.