Saturday, March 15, 2008

Surfacing

Acrylic polymer emulsion on gessoed hardboard, 12 x 12"Created March 7 - 14, 2008, #144.

The image was taken from a corner in my tiny studio, where I also have two large bookcases. This image just kind of happen by itself. I often drink water in this glass mug and decided to continue my art book series on this piece. POP ART by Tilman Osterwold was published by Taschen as part of a 17 book series for the company's 25th anniversary. The cover image is M-Maybe (A Girl's Picture), 1965 by Roy Lichtenstein. While playing with camera angles, I was able to capture a view of her left eye surfacing on top of the water. Another point of interest was how the books and photo albums behind were all lined up in a reverse order underneath the surface of the water. I usually try to read a little while having breakfast. My wife Suzanne on the other hand is an avid reader. On this self are books from Danielle Steel to Jane Austen, from John Grisham to Arthur Miller, from Ernest Hemingway to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I had a lot of fun with this piece

-SOLD

18 comments:

  1. AMAZING work, Alvin! I just LOVE how you were able to capture so many unique aspects of light, reflection, magnification, color, transparency and beauty in this one painting. Thank you for explaining all of the intricacies of this painting - it is simply fascinating. One day, I hope to be an artist like you! :-) I am positive you will do extraordinarily well with this piece.

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  2. This is fabulous! I really like the way the cartoon bubble looks as if it is leaking from the jug.

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  3. Sorry that should say 'mug' not jug.

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  4. Joanne, you are too kind! It is funny how aspiration works. I'd never thought that one day I would be painting this kind of imagery, in this form of realism. The only art class I ever took was a perspective drawing class. I remember the teacher saying several times...."You are only as good as your last painting". I never forgot that. I guess, I always strive to challenge myself with each piece. It has just been a slow process of evolution.

    re- Juried shows.... it is always a process where I've learn not to take it too seriously. I have a whole pile of rejections in a box under my desk. High realism is often a hurdle in a lot of these competition where the jury is an academic group. For them, often the concept is more important than the execution. In any case, it only makes me want to work harder. It is often a question of luck and perseverance.

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    Hi, "a Reason to Paint". Great observation! I did not even notice how the bubble does seem to link to the light on the glass. Maybe that is why I chose that specific shot. It just felt right.

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  5. This is beautiful, Alvin, and lots of fun as well! That eye appearing on the surface of the water is just perfect, and your tri-color signature is great! Your work never fails to make me smile.

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  6. Great, Alvin! Love the floating eye...the vibrant color.

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  7. You've taken such care in the composition here and it really shows. There is almost a *snap* to the water jug because of all the linear details. I have no idea if that makes sense but that is the gut feeling I have so I need to tell you so!

    I think you will do well with this one.

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  8. Quelle maîtrise de la couleur et de la lumière. J'aime particulièrement le reflet de l'oeil sur la surface de l'eau et les livres qui deviennent des lignes de couleurs à travers le verre. C'est une trouvaille ! c'est surréaliste ! c'est parfait !

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  9. Alvin,
    Impressive piece! The positioning of the book so that the image of the eye reflected in the water that way is just brillant. Great color and composition, a successful piece.

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  10. Alvin, What a wonderful painting! The light and reflections are great. I must admit, I am partial to this one.

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  11. WOW! Nice work with acrylic. I am not much of a painter, i mostly draw. My husband and I are both artists and just started blogging. I happened to find you and just had to tell you that your work looks great!

    Shelly

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  12. This is awesome! It looks like it was very hard to paint...a lot of looking and must have required great skill to make all that rich color work..beautifully done Alvin.

    best,
    Todd

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  13. An intelligent work Alvin that captures the criteria for the show well. I especially like the floating eye in the water that appears to have been captured and isolated.

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  14. wowww, utterly amazing. Love the image of the graphic eye floating on the surface, your lines are incredibly crisp. Well done!

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  15. WOW Alvin...I love it...it has everything. Humor, fun, mystery, certainly excellence in execution, creativity...and that's just the beginning. I'd imagine you could look all day and still find things you did not see. Well done Alvin, well done!

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  16. I bow before your greatness. Seriously, awesome work. I'm transfixed.

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  17. Thank you so much everyone for taking the time to leave these wonderful words.

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