Abstract Vs. Realism


Abstract vs Realism, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 48 in.

As an artist and a responsible parent, I set out to test whether or not age old and time proven practice of realism could triumph emotionally, over the youthful vigor of abstraction.

Both of my children were given Soft Body Liquitex Acrylics

to work with on a pre-gessoed canvas)

stretched over 24 x 48 inches. The intent was to elevate our children’s artwork by simply increasing the size and scale of the medium. Our stainless steel refrigerator did not have magnetic capabilities, so the bare walls of our house became our gallery space.

Here is the finished piece:

To this day, my son prefers to work abstractly and my daughter still leans representational. Whenever he and I are waiting somewhere, he will ask to paint on my Samsung Note Phone and produce a monochromatic color field. I suspect this compulsion will accompany him into adulthood.

Thanks,
@PixelColada


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This was a piece I did while I was freelancing for a company doing graphics for the UFC.  This was before they had their own in-house crew.

At the time, I didn't quite know what I was doing and didn't have a pitch prepared for the company.  Dana White seemed to like it. I was in his office to show it to him, but at the time, I didn't know who he was in the organization. In any case, it was a missed opportunity.

I got busy with other clients and I didn't do more of these, though I have some somewhere that are still in the drawing stage. But those fighters are long gone.  This was from the weigh-in before Randy Couture fought Josh Barnett.

This is probably my favorite painting technique. I really need to do more of these.

If I was asked, I'd do more of these as a commission. I love doing portraits.


SalsaMagic

This is a portrait of a friend of mine.  He taught me a lot of my salsa dancing moves.

When I was dancing with his group, I had gotten below 200lbs. I would like to be this thin again.

I also haven't painted large like this (I think it's 30 x 40in) in a long time.  I also haven't painted in oils in a long time either.

This is pretty close to life size, and I question whether or not I should paint that large.

I think I need to consider the size of paintings in terms of how easy they would be to package and ship.

There was so much I didn't know back then. Still, I learned a lot from this piece, about the things I should and should not do regarding mediums and glazes.

I haven't worked traditionally in a long time.  Most of my work has been digital. I've been wanting to go back to working traditionally.  I might as well since this work isn't for clients.