Ceramic teeth wheel painting series

This series is a conceptual test trial for something called “Conceptual contrast”. I learned this term from YouTube video by Sinix Design. The example he used is light saber from Star Wars. It is a sword which often relates to old time cold weapon. But the sword is made of laser which often relates to modern technology. By combining modern and iron age, there forms conceptual contrast that will make things more interesting. The goal is the same as creating contrast with color and value.

So I want to try it. I have a few drafts but eventually I pick up the “Ceramic teeth wheel” idea. Ceramic often relates to delicate and fragile things. At the same time, teeth wheel often relates to metal and machinery things. I try to paint fine china pattern in the shape of teeth wheel. All blue shades palette again because blue and white can somehow represent fine china appearance.

I did digital sketch on Procreate first and couldn’t decide which one is better, blue on white or white on blue. Thus I paint both. White version is blue teeth wheel layering on top off white background. Blue version is light teeth wheel layering on top of dark blue background. I paint them layer by layer which means I have to finish the bottom teeth wheels with their pattern and wait until it is touch dry. Then I can proceed to the next layer. It takes a while. 😛

I install them in a gold/black floater frame. Those frames give me some trouble but I just like to see these paintings with some gold outline. Photo editing gives me trouble too. I would like to say that they look better in person. Well, I try my best to match the digital image with actual painting, always.

Overall, I like the idea of conceptual contrast. I believe it can make more interesting designs and paintings.

Thank you.

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.