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02-26-2018, 10:45 AM
18"x24" mixed media wood panel piece entitled "Clusters " Spectrum explosion

Here are the progress photos of how this piece came together.




02-26-2018, 11:46 AM
Tremendous energy and pleasing colors

Enjoyable to view and an appropriate title, yet not the menacing feeling one would expect to get from an explosion.

I like it.


02-26-2018, 12:33 PM
So engaging with its high strength and vigor!

02-26-2018, 04:53 PM
Energetic, enjoyable. Thank you for sharing the process.

02-26-2018, 04:59 PM
This is great. This one explodes outward like a splash of energy. Surprised it didn't fry my monitor :)

02-26-2018, 05:29 PM
Trier, Kay, Cliff and Artchrispy
Thank you guys very much for all these awesome comments.:thumbsup:

02-28-2018, 01:21 AM
I'm curious if there was any interest on your part in creating a 3d shape with this? Or did you conceive it as 2d relationships?

02-28-2018, 03:01 AM
Explosive and interesting. Is the face I'm seeing intentional?

The one little tiny tidbit of critique I'll offer is that the acidic yellow is just a touch jarring to my eye within this colour scheme, even for this style of piece.

Love seeing the progression too, thanks!

02-28-2018, 07:33 AM
Bvanevery It was conceived as a 2d relationship that your eyes will then 3d as you observe it in person as the photos really don't show the effect properly. Thanks for that awesome question.

Rick The face was a Bob Ross, "Happy accident", which is how all my of my abstract pieces go. The “acidic yellow “you talked about is indicative of the “jarring” nature any explosion would provide anyone who had the fortune/misfortune to observe firsthand, so I beg your eyes pardon on this piece my friend and thank you for letting me know that I accomplished my mission, indirectly.:lol: I really appreciate you for taking time to comment as your insight is always unique and welcome.

02-28-2018, 09:19 AM
Well I could definitely see it trying to dimensionalize as some kind of highly complex 3d shape, but I wasn't sure if it was succeeding fully at it. But I'll believe you that the photograph isn't doing justice, that often happens.

03-01-2018, 01:37 PM
I like the fact that you looked at it beyond a 2d painting to being with my friend, so thanks again.

03-01-2018, 01:57 PM
A veritable cacophony of colour! Like a painting of a big sound.

03-01-2018, 10:20 PM
Thanks so much for sharing the process. Like others, I like the energy and clearly see the face. The blue at the top center is particularly appealing. Wondering what it would look like on an uneven surface, something smooth but wavy or slightly rippled, maybe printed on aluminum and rolled or shaped a bit.
Very cool.

03-02-2018, 10:40 AM
Graphicali I can see and feel that visual big time thanks.

Bilateral Wow now you got me thinking my friend :) ...the surface is very toothy already, which is hard to photography. Imagine what a panel would look like with a layer of lava rock paste applied first then you just paint over that and you have what this looks like in person.

Katie Black
03-02-2018, 01:04 PM
I do enjoy these progress pics...I should try that one day.

It is a wonderful display of free application of paint, done in flaming colours.

It looks like you have this technique nailed.

03-02-2018, 05:10 PM
Katie thanks and I have had a few rounds with the technique over the last few years, so it is one of my staples I guess you could say as I try to push it further while keeping it fresh.