Mixed media, mixed metaphors, mixed emotions, mixed vegetables, neopolitan ice cream, all are great, but vanilla is a favorite. Many times the question comes up, “Why not exotic flavors?” There is a difference between mixed flavors and exotic flavors.
An article was published, a decade ago, that explained how, many creative people prefer bland food and desserts, because their mind is busy with creating and with their own thoughts. Exotic foods challenged their stream of conscious thoughts and interfered with the ideas they were producing. How lucky for us artists, someone wrote that article, really creative people like bland food – let’s go with that! We artists produce the exotic, but we consume the bland. It went on to say that many people who exhibit exotic tastes and behaviors, do so for the attention it brings and though they may be artists, the vast majority of famous and productive artists go mostly un-noticed but produce the most art work and eat vanilla ice cream (I supposed that part).
Most of us love exotic art work, abstractions and experimental stuff, even though myself, I have been mostly a traditional conservative painter, I am also interested in painting in mixed styles. The longer I paint the more I am interested in doing more experimental and expressive subjects.
In the painting above, the use of process black (water-based) is an illustrator’s choice for a medium. I have stated before I am not a fan of black medium in a painting unless it is an illustration, so here again is an exception to my own rule (or is this an illustration?). Process black is used where no color reflection is wanted, especially if an image is to be reproduced. It goes on flat and black and gives no trouble in reproductions. Tempera can get close, and so can gouache, but if you want black black, use process black (art stores carry it). They also carry process white, and process blue and process red and process yellow. In the computer these are called CMYK (cyan-magenta-yellow-black, the screen is the white). In light projection, it is RGB, red-green-blue, the black is no light, and the white is all the colors projected together.
What has all this to do with the painting above? Nothing, really, except for the black. I thought you might find it interesting. As for the picture, like all art, it means whatever you think it does.