I am working on a piece I'm going to submit for a show in which the theme is "Carbon." The idea is to represent carbon beyond the use of it as a material. I've done a couple paintings in a style that I immediately thought of when I heard of this show. So I am working on making that style represent carbon. Since both diamonds and graphite are forms of carbon, I am going to use white and black in my painting in order to represent those 2 materials.
I started by painting black over a piece I really wasn't happy with. It had a textured section you can see here - but that works out great for my vision. I'm picturing graphite as a rough cut chunk, both smooth and bumpy.
Now I'm adding some square-shaped brushstrokes in a seemingly random way. But wait! There's actually a method to my madness :) You see, the atomic number of carbon is 6. Therefore, all of the squares are painted in groups of 6. Also, as shown in the diagram here - its electrons are arranged in groupings of 2 and 4. So I painted each group of six with 4 squares that have black on the left side, and 2 squares that have white on the left side.
Done. Now I've added some glitter paint to all the white squares. They are supposed to be diamonds you know! The glitter is iridescent so it's reflecting a bit purple.
Break time! DaVinci, my one-eyed basset (bassyclops?), needs some attention.
After coating everything with 2 coats of glossy varnish, I randomly glued tiny Swarovski crystals onto several of the white "diamond" squares. These add lovely little sparkles when they catch the light just right, but are almost invisible otherwise. Kinda cool. Might leave people wondering where the sparkles are coming from.
Unfortunately, my camera is having a lot of trouble capturing the sparkles. But they are definitely visible to the naked eye.
This past week I have been listening to several really great talks during the Right Brainer's Business Video Summit. I learned about this summit through another blog I follow called The Abundant Artist. I am so glad I took the time to learn more about this, and give it at try. It's free, so I had nothing to lose, but I was very unfamiliar with the whole concept. While the video plays, there's a scrolling chat going on at the same time. It was very overwhelming at first. I learned quickly that it was better for me to just turn up the volume and listen in the other room while I'm painting, or eating lunch. Each day, I have walked away with at least one great piece of advice. However, the one that really struck a chord with me was about finding your soul mission.
I already know I'm passionate about painting. I love it. But finding your soul mission delves deeper than that. I need to figure out WHY I'm passionate about painting. I have been feeling very unfocused in my work lately, and wondering if what I'm doing is important. I need to figure out why it's important - my reason for doing it - and I don't mean just to make money. Something beyond myself. Why is it important to the world? I need to figure out my purpose. Once I define my soul mission I will be able to focus my work on that goal. I will have direction.
I think this would be a wonderful thing for everyone to define in their lives, don't you? Do you know your soul mission? You may very well have several. They could be business related, or personal. Can you define them? Something to think about.