The title of this picture is Black Chalice, the actual chalice part being a reptile skull of some kind (if memory serves, which it might well not).
[Edit – yep, memory didn’t serve. I subsequently looked it up and found it’s actually a frog skull.]
Typically my images are color first. If I decide to do a black and white version, I often prepend or append “black” to the title. First it’s indicative of the lack of color, but I like the poetic effect also. The word black can really change the connotations of a phrase. The color sibling is named Chalice.
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The title of this picture is Diagesis, which is a lovely word meaning narrative. Part prosaic and descriptive, part meta, because art always involves a narrative. I like the tautological recognition of that without explicit explanation of what the narrative is.
This is a transitional work, halfway between my older skull images and the newer abstract direction.
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Title: Peach Vitium.
This is a variation of the original, which is in lighter blue with cherry red, named Cherry Vitium.
I’d generally rather not do endless variations on work, but sometimes when you’re testing ideas multiple iterations catch your eye and it’s worth a couple of versions. In this case, it was the different tones of blue. Comparatively, the darker shade in this one is almost more a silhouette, and I find the lower contrast look of it compelling.
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The title of this picture is Minerva P.
It’s a variation on the original, which is called Minerva, and instead has a crimson background.
Weirdly, even though as I write it was only a few months ago I created this, I have no idea of the significance of the P in the title. I don’t mind, though. It gives it a pleasing enigmatic element, even to me.
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Title: Cherry Vitium.
That V-shaped bone is actually a shark jaw, or at least half of one. It’s an odd looking species named the Port Jackson shark.
As it looks like a V, I decided to give it a name starting with that letter, and I came across vitium in my search. It’s a Latin word meaning fault, crime, or defect, depending on where you look. I thought with cherry prefixed it had a nice poetic quality.
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The title of this picture is Avidity.
The curved shapes beneath the lines are the same as in Propinquity, from a photo of a saxophone I took. Those shapes are the keys, which I isolated and distorted.
It’s a simple image, but composing all the elements was surprisingly time-consuming and involved a lot of experimenting. But that’s always the way—I rarely have a concrete idea of where I want an image to go, but I know what I don’t like. So the process is to tweak and test till it works. Probably not the most efficient workflow in the world, but it gets me there in the end.
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The title of this picture is Minerva.
This could be considered a homage to my skull phase, being a direct deconstruction of one of them. It helped cement my current approach.
I’ve done a variation of this called Minerva P.
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The title of this picture is Propinquity.
The curved shapes beneath the lines are actually from a photo of a saxophone I took. Those shapes are the keys, which I isolated and distorted.
This is the second piece in my abstract geometric phase. I’ve done another similar image based on the same photo called Avidity.
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The title of this picture is Hyetal, which means relating to rain.
This is the first image I made after solely focusing on skull art for ages. It’s a different direction for sure, but not completely unrelated. I’d begun to incorporate lines and geometry into those too.
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Title: Halo Five.
It started with a single circle for a halo, then I added another within because it looked a bit more interesting. Then, shit, why not keep extending them out the side? And four more were added.
I’ve always loved shapes, lines, and geometry, but I didn’t foresee the total pivot that would stem from that seemingly minor compositional experiment.
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