color tasks me, and i shall have it


     No… Color. The game’s not over.  To the last, I will grapple with thee!  From hell’s heart, I stab at thee!  For hate’s sake…  I spit my last breath at thee!

     I’ll admit it.  Color is the great white whale to my Khan of art.  It is something that I am both very familiar with yet seem to know nothing about.  Sorta like the tag line for the Othello board game:  “A minute to learn, a lifetime to master.”  What you see above is one of my Halloween decorations I threw on the scanner and added a dark t-shirt over it to give it a nice background.  While I think it turned out well, it definitely wasn’t an easy or pleasurable process.  All of these colors were experimented with and hard fought choices on my part.  However, this is something I need to do more often if I am to have any hope of bringing my artworks to the level I aspire to.

     This started out as a little color experimentation and ended up what is now due to my still having Andy Warhol on the brain from yesterday’s post.  I know there’s differing opinions regarding Warhol, and with good reason, but I’m proud to say that I am definitely of the slant that the man was a fucking genius.  He understood the very essential, basic nature of art and artists.  He was a master of color, repetition and design.  He also exhibited an insanely firm grasp and awareness of subjectivity in his art, giving it such a global accessibility and appeal.  If I can achieve in my art even a small fraction of the scope that Warhol was able to I would be very satisfied.

     I’ll wrap this up by saying that I hope my Octoberween efforts so far this month have been worth your time.  Thanks for stopping by and taking an interest.

5 thoughts on “color tasks me, and i shall have it

  1. Blue and yellow. Purple and orange. Green and red. These are the correct contrasts to use if you are aiming for opposites, which it seems you are. I would say it is effective. This is something Andy Warhol definitely knew something about. He was a pop art genius for sure. Funny thing about him though… he was ABOUT commercialism, which most artists denounce…. which is why he is both loved and hated. A genius though, either way you look at it.
    As for me, his art does nothing. But I respect the man for having taken art to a new level of acceptance and appreciation in the eyes of the general public. In fact, he was so clever, he commercialized commercialization. What's not to respect? The last laugh was always his.

  2. What's not to respect? The last laugh was always his.

    I think that's a good way of putting it. He seemed to be so sensitive to everything around him that he simply couldn't help being so far ahead of the game. Also, by embracing the commercialism, he learned so much more about the real world around him. A whole other world of knowledge and experience that other artists actively ignored.

    If you haven't seen it already I highly recommend the PBS American Masters series on him. I've never been so completely engrossed in anything before. The documentary itself is a work of art.

  3. I did see some sort of documentary on him… not sure what the name of it was but this is where I learned how much of a spoiled Adonis he really was. I guess you could view him in a sympathetic way, but personally I just dislike spoiled children…. that's how I feel nowadays… but I once looked up to him.

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