The Gazing Ape
An Acrylic Painting
Recently, I got a challenging commissioned order. My client gave me complete creative freedom and my task was to create anything I wanted. I have always craved such creative freedom, but it was difficult for me to accept it when I finally got it. I was stuck in a people pleasing pattern. I just wanted my client to like my art. I realised that I cannot expect my audience to connect with my art if I don’t. And I chose to paint something uncomfortable rather than something aesthetic and peaceful. After all, art is meant to be experienced rather than appreciated.
I took approximately five months to plan this and just 3 days to paint it. I came across a blog post which perfectly describes my painting process.
Think like a turtle, paint like a rabbit.
- Anne Blair Brown
I explored some interesting painting techniques. I just love those dots that I have splashed on the canvas. They add a lot of drama. I am slowly discovering my style.
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