Lotus Geometry

Geometric Prints

The above image is a few different color options of a print that I recently put together.  I’m working on making more complex prints that have more depth and layers.  I also am working on improving my pattern repeat.  This pattern is made up of two different sketches that I created.  The geometric form was sketched on my iPad in the app Sketch Pro and the lotus was created by hand in india ink.  I wanted to experiment with my idea of deconstruction overlapping with a study of the natural environment.  I think that the organic curves of the petals makes the abstract form look especially angular and graphic.

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Natural Deconstruction

Natural Deconstruction

After taking roughly the last year off from painting and focusing on pursuing textiles, I decided to get back to painting.  This painting is done in gouache and is a continuation of my senior thesis and the idea of deconstruction.  Through the use of line I was able to dissect the organic forms of gingko leaves transforming them into geometric and more architectural shapes.

Jonas Gerard

Jonas Gerard is a Moroccan born artist who is self-taught.  These are acrylic paintings but he does 3d work as well as silk screen printing.  Although he’s an abstract painter he creates a space that the viewer feels they can dive into.  I admire the immense dimension and depth of  his work.  The forms that are created remind me of Dale Chihuly’s glasswork.

You can see more of his work at his website: http://www.jonasgerard.com/

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Technique

My most used technique in my artwork would have to be the layering of colors.  I like having a heavy application of color to create a depth in the piece.  When working with acrylic paint I use several layers of paint to create textures and dimensions that I love.  I use unexpected colors in the layers, like using shades of blues when creating the contours of a face.  When using my favorite dry medium, oil pastel, I pile on the colors and when the surface gets too slick I scrap off excess pastel with an xacto knife blade.  I also use a blade to blend the colors together when they get really thick.  Sometimes I think of myself as a color fanatic, I can’t choose just one color so I need to combine them all to get the perfect hue.