Showing posts from February, 2018

Distinctive Personality

Distinctive Personality
A person is far too complex to be believably definable in a set of terms or ideas - what we are aware of are their most dominant traits, those characteristics that are most commonly in use during day-to-day tasks and circumstances. What prevails is a sense of them that we perceive as their personality - the way that we predict and evaluate reactions and moods based on what we know of them, and how they view the world. 
But no one is that uncomplicated. 

From the outside view, every person is an abstraction; a montage of experiences, memories, dreams, moods, chemistry and capability. This is why trust and respect are earned, while courtesy and politeness are necessary to avoid conflict and friction - to compensate for the unknown within us all. 
Graphite and ink on paper, A3. Made in Australia, 2018. $AU2500

The Gods Of The Eye

The Gods Of The Eye.
What we see, what we imagine is occurring around us, directed by belief, by training, by experience, by culture - one man's handshake is another man's insult.  We see, and what we don't know, we create with our minds, with our life lessons, with our own frame of reference, and call it the truth. We evaluate life through a visual vocabulary, and life becomes set by the limits of that vocabulary, judging life and others by the standards of our own understanding. 
But perspective is everything - see beyond your own perspective, understand that you are standing with a view of the mountain, while another has a view of the sea, and you will realise that what you see has to be balanced against what the other person lives in their own world. 
Graphite on paper, size A3. Made in Australia, 2018. $AU3100

Rain Of Flowers

Rain Of Flowers. The first work of the year, 2018. Let it ra-a-ain down... Yes, I had Phil Collins stuck in my head for this one. 
The subject is soft, even slightly ephemeral, given the lack of detail in her hair, and still, next to the implied motion of the energy surrounding her; the flowers bear a more manga-inspired reality, their forms and shading revealing a weight and substance unlike that of soft petals and leaves, lending a gravitas to their significance within the composition. 
Bordered by ornamental curlicues, she is peaceful in what appears to be a rapture of activity, a reservoir of calm in an otherwise chaotic field of natural energy and light. 
Graphite on paper, size A3.  Made in Australia, 2018. $AU3200

Constructive Mental Disturbance

Happy New Year from zeddess arts! Yes, I know, it's already February and I am way behind on updating the blog. The result of which is several posts in a row, starting with this one.  And kicking off the New Year with the last finished work from 2017; Constructive Mental Disturbance. Graphite on paper, size A3. 
With a high contrast and bold lines, similar to the nature of my earliest work, but using finer gradients and more emphasis on light - a little Carravaggio, if you will, but without the intense melancholy and people in agony. 
My taste for ornamental structures of an abstract and otherworldly design decided the subject, but the technique is closer to working with charcoal, rather than graphite. Instead of layering from a hard graphite upwards, I chose to begin with softer grades, and create the gradient through blending; something only achievable if you're using a low tooth for ground. (Unless you're looking for textural interest of course.)
Softening the light allows t…