I’m finishing up my pieces for the summer Anime-Japan show. This one has quite a bit of gold and glitter in the face (photo doesn’t quite capture it) and so I thought I’d describe it with the word, kintsugi. If you’ve ever seen broken Japanese pottery repaired with lacquer and gold dust, you might find ‘kintsugi’ can also be a metaphor for people who have experienced brokenness and recovery. I plan to carry the sentiment over to some paintings I’m starting to work on in my head. I’ll keep you posted.
Please tune in Tuesday night, April 26th to see my feature on WPBT Channel 2’s Art Loft. It features my ‘Dark Chocolate Japan’ art exhibit at the Sunrise Art Gallery. I discuss the concept of Dark Chocolate – the finest of all chocolates – and seeing the best in all that is strange, foreign, unusual and different from us.
‘Zinnia‘ © 2016 Carlos Aleman
Acrylic on Canvas
I just finished this painting today. I went on Wikipedia to see if there was anything interesting I could mention on my blog about this flower and…
‘In January 2016, NASA announced that a zinnia which had blossomed on the International Space Station was the first flower ever grown outside the Earth’s biosphere. This claim was quickly refuted by news media.’ [Wikipedia]
What a coincidence.
‘Still Another Day’
(Acrylic on Canvas)
My first painting of the year is of infinite petals, a flower expressing what words cannot.
Thoughts of Japanese Shironuri fashion and Georgia O’Keeffe combine strangely for me in my mind.
There is also the feeling of ‘mono no aware’ I have for real flowers. They represent all things that are born, reach perfection, but eventually die. In this life cycle, each stage has its own beauty. This bloom, however is not real. It is both eternal and timeless. More and more, I want to represent what is not real – the haunting apparition of the imagination.
I’m fascinated by ASMR and would like to write about it in more depth at some point. For now, I’d just like to share with you my first ASMR video. I shot it with a Sony action cam while I was painting ‘Winter.’
This painting was inspired by the art of Japanese woodblock prints, particularly Toshi Yoshida. It was rendered with acrylic paints on masonite wood panel. The scraping sounds of the dry brush technique have an ASMR effect.