Sunday, November 27, 2011
This painting represents what happens when I try to do more "postcardy" subject matter. I get a couple seascapes or barns done, then a mermaid finds her way in while I'm not looking. Before I know what's going on, she's got herself a vintage aluminum trailer. And now she and her friends are ganging up on me. I'm completely surrounded! They're corrupting everything!
Painted in oil on panel, 8x8 inches.
Monday, November 21, 2011
In the far flung future, long after the collapse of governments, infrastructure, and fast food joints, Amazons roam the earth. They have developed a nomadic culture, scouring the shattered remnants of civilization in ancient survivors in their endless search for food and octane.
Watercolor, 14x26 inches. The original is available on my website.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Presenting something a little different this week. A photograph.
This is part of a project I started earlier in the year, the aim of which is to improve standard digital photos by making them a bit worse. I was inspired by my discovery of the toy camera movement. Basically, you take pictures with a cheap plastic camera with a plastic lens and loaded with expired film which you may develop in the wrong mixture afterward. All this adds up to an unpredictability and texture you just can't get with point and shoot digital equipment.
But I'm trying.
This piece represents several layers of color adjustment, blurring, light leaks, and blotchy texture. I create my own blotchiness with watercolor paper in various stages of distress painted with browns or grays. I then scan the result into the computer and scale as needed. I added the red streak on the right partly to add some color contrast, and partly to help obscure the license plate.
This is one of my favorite pieces from the project so far.
Photo © 2011 Matt Yost, all rights reserved.