Sunday, May 18, 2008

A playful evening in the Lab -

"Miracle Seekers"
digitally manipulated mixed media & collage by Mick Mather
I tend to pay attention to things like splatters, brush cleaning papers, paint mixing swipes on scraps and other throw-a-way materials. Here, for example, I've fallen into the habit of loading a brush with more than one color of paint. I like to test a few strokes on the newspaper photo's that happen to be adjacent to the print areas where I'm doing my tempera-on-paper paintings for The Toys Series. There was absolutely nothing special or intriguing about these until I started sending them into the secret array of plug-in filters and manipulators. I'll be showing a few more of these as time passes and I highly recommend little diversionary tactics like this to keep the mind fresh during those times when the more important work seems stale, dry, forced or impossible to move along.

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Blogger harlequinpan said...

Hi Mike
You are really Miracle Seeker!!

i love this painting very much,it seems like a monoprinting work with beautiful colors and perfect combination.Thank you for sharing,i learn so much from you.

i hope i can fully express my respect to you, but sorry for my bad English.

10:40 AM  

very interesting. i like the concept of it being something found and reprocessed. good thoughts.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Your English is just fine and thanks so much for this wonderful comment. I'd like to believe that we learn from each other as you know very well how much I respect your work also.

the charm school dropout:
Thanks so much, Sarah. As I mention in the body of the post, such re-use is always in my thinking. :)

4:28 PM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

Never waste or throw away, good in arts, maybe not at home to some extension:)

9:14 PM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Scary...have you been watching horror movies?
It has a lovely soft, web like feel to it and I liked hearing how you came to it! I often use my paint-scrap paper in collage but I can't say I end up with whole artworks like you have!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Sustainable living, as opposed to the new and hip buzz term, green, is part of that philosophy. Reuse, recycle, reinvent. Of course, a pack rat like me can take that idea to a higher level and, as you say, maybe not so good at home. :)

lisa sarsfield:
LOL, I haven't been watching horror movies although I'm a big fan of the genre. The soft and web-like feel of these come from the paint itself, the filtered manipulation and the layering process. You can see a little bit of the face at the left of the small, dark area in the larger, lighter area of this piece. I'm afraid I can't say more ... after all, it is the Secret Visual Laboratory! :D

5:48 AM  

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