From sketch to painting: Mr. Time

I am trying today to post a more in depth analysis of the art I make and give the viewer the possibility to see how my work evolves.

What I usually do is I draw sketches with ideas and these sketches are being turned into paintings.

For example “Mr. Time” a painting featured earlier on this blog, has its basis sketch.

Initially, the idea behind the original sketch was too visualise the unexpected figure behind the mask. The sun itself. 

It was intended to give the sun human attributes. Somehow portrait this celestial element into the human character.

Then I started painting and it suddenly occurred to me that instead of a mask the “sun” can hold a clock. It all became quite clear afterwards – the sun, walking on the moon, reflecting its light. I was painting time. I added the contrast day-night on the background and there it was.

Mr. Time. The beholder of seconds, minutes, hours, days, years, ages.

It was a sudden switch of direction of which I am myself quite impressed of.
PS: I might consider continuing these series “From sketch to painting…”. It is kind of “behind the scenes…” But for art.
Cheers!

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Life through children’s eyes. (The evolutional paintings)

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First reaction of these three paintings: ”WTF is this?”

Normal thought indeed …but listen here what they are supposed to mean!

I can remember when I was little the first drawings I could ever make was a house, a face of a man made out of digits and a cat made out of the eight digit.

I can clearly remember how my grandfather taught me how to draw these basic figures.

Now, after all these years – I tried to put a little more profound meaning into these figures and realized that I can actually represent a human life in three stages by using them.

How?

Here’s the story behind it – one thing to keep in mind when you look at the paintings – you are in a mind of a child. Never forget that…what you see – you perceive through the mind of a child:

  1. The simple house – represents the Childhood. The basic geometric figures we first try to draw are pointing to the basic things we first learn to do in life. The house as a whole depicts the child’s very first universe. The house where we are born, it is the first world we are living in. The painting is also very simple and it lacks professional skills. However – that it is exactly how it should be!
  2. The face of a man made by digits – represents Adulthood. Why? Because in this painting the child puts a little more effort in defining something. Depicting the face is like depicting our personality traits. The digits used in defining the face bring also the rational into the picture. The rational defines Adulthood along with all our feelings and life experiences. The painting is a little more advanced in technique, though it still has some flows and spots. This means that this stage of life is still under development and the flows are the mistakes adults are learning from throughout their lives.
  3. The cat made out of the eight digit – represents the Old Age. What can we say about this painting? Well I guess most of you would definitely prefer this one because it has a more advanced technique in it, it has no flows and it tends to perfection. (Remember drawn by a child!). It represents the old age where humans become wiser, have life experiences and they are ready for the next stage of their life after death. The eight digit is also a special one since if turned around it actually symbolizes infinity. That is where we tend to go after this life is over – towards infinity. We can also analyze it after the cat which is also known as having more than one life. This means that after our death we will still be living our lives through our descendants.

Enjoy!

Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 cm, with frame.

A Sleepy Spirit Art.