Leonardo da Vinci

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.

--Leonardo da Vinci

Monday, March 29, 2010

Circus of Color

“Circus of Color” was a difficult piece to create. For me I have to connect with the subject in order to fully express what I am trying to convey. The theme, “It’s a Circus” for the annual Wy'East Artisan Guild Art Show, was a great challenge and something I toiled with for weeks. What I wanted to express with “Circus of Color” is a bright, vibrant, almost comedy of colors that jump out and grab the viewers attention, much like a circus does. It was important that I not get caught up with details, which is why I chose to use a painting knife for the entire piece. I used acrylic paints for their vibrancy and quick drying characteristics, which forced me to work fast and help with the expression of the painting. I also wanted you to feel a sense of movement. So you can feel the wind blowing through the colorful flags and the elephant meandering to the Big Top, as part of the next performance. Thank you for taking time to learn about “Circus of Color”. I hope you enjoy experiencing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

1 comment:

  1. Michael,
    Very nice job with the contrasting/complementary colors with the blues/oranges and purps/yellows and golds. Very splashy and edgy abstract!