Saturday, November 15, 2008
It's been a while since I've featured any type of art on DM. My enthusiasm for the Halloween Countdown caused me to put my art related posts on the backburner. This week's featured artist is Andy B. Clarkson, a surrealist painter from Columbus, Ohio. His paintings been featured in many galleries, and he also makes a living doing book illustrations. His mediums of choice are acrylic paint and graphite pencil, often combing the two with great results, as can be seen below in the pieces "Squid" and "Wine".
I try to balance a few things when involved in a painting; a sense of intrigue without giving away too much in the imagery, attention to detail both in technique, but also in the subject matter, and visual metaphors that may stand for something specific. But honestly, I don’t have as much time as I’d like to actually paint, so if the above mentioned gets me in a whirlwind by trying to think too much, I rely on painting what “feels right”. Since ultimately, I believe that what feels right, must feel right for a reason, and if all goes well, that reason should be an intuitive balance of all that. - Andy B. Clarkson