Sunday, August 19, 2007

Keeping it simple -

"The Contemplative"
digital collage by Mick Mather
My usual method of working consists of multiple layers and images. Deconstruction, digital ripping, repainting, filtering and other manipulations that take hours, sometimes days or weeks, to complete. Even with this piece, such was the case for the first 60 minutes. Then, with recent visits to a few of my new favorite artist bloggers - Harlequin, Daniel Cimadevilla and Trijnie Mohlmann - I thought about something simple, direct and loose. This digital sketch is the result and it's good to slow down the maddening pace now and again, innit?

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9 Comments:

Blogger SusuPetal said...

True: simple, pure, with a touch of joy.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

susupetal:
Thanks (blush!). :)

1:44 PM  
Blogger Elegia said...

I think The Contemplative has something in her mind. She knows something we don't. I see it in her face. I like this.

You mentioned interesting blogs.

9:18 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

elegia:
Yes, there's a wry smile upon her face at that ... mystery is such fun! Thanks so much, Elegia.

5:38 AM  
Blogger carla said...

I like the simplicity very much. It allows us to focus on her expression, and the empty spaces invite us to "fill in the blanks." It's quite lovely, Mick!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

carla:
Thanks for these words, with a blush! I think it's a good thing to get back to simple things - remembering to do it? That's the problem! :)

11:59 AM  
Blogger Janice said...

this is beautiful..... The gesture... the smile, Stunning in that it grabs one, and then makes you think deeper thoughts.......

4:48 AM  
Blogger griesmail said...

what a beautiful highkey portrait

8:16 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

janice:
We should sit down over a nice glass of pinot noir and discuss those deeper thoughts. First round is on me! :)

griesmail:
Thanks so much for saying so, Trijnie. This one was inspired by you and harlequin. :)

11:40 AM  

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