Fantasy Art

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Maux Faux 7

OK so after a long and horrible week of being an adult in the "real" world of airline travel, cancer, death, and heartbreak, I'm profoundly relieved to return to the safe haven of my little fantasy existence.  I like to hope that I'll never have to step outside again, but that might require that I be the next one in my family to die so do I really want that?  Yeah I think maybe I do.

This is one of the smaller wood panels that I painted along with all the panels shown in the previous series of posts.  It's only 5 feet long and 2 feet tall.  The whole panel was painted the same way with splattering and staining and then the trees were depicted simply by shading one side and highlighting the other just like we did in This Post.  Notice that all it took to change the texture from looking like stone to looking like tree bark was to create a tree shape.  It's the drawing not the painting that creates the illusion.
next I mixed my shadow color with some burgundy and did the second layer of trees, followed by some darker blue for the last layer of trees and finally the sky blue to "cut-out" the background.

In this close-up you can see that beyond the initial faux finishing there is almost no detail at all in this painting.  Also while the sky blue has quite a lot of white in it you can still see some of the original texture even there.  This gives it a continuity that's restful and pleasing. 

This kind of painting is almost abstract.  More of a pattern than a scene.  It's more of a decoration than an illustration.  It has no story, no action and no central focus.  The colors are pleasing, but not shocking or arousing or stimulating in any way.
There's a market for that.  In fact I'd venture that there's more of a market for that than there is for the opposite. Doctors offices, public buildings, murals in homes and restaurants often just want to create a mood or an atmosphere without evoking any particular emotion, ideology or story.
One of the most lucrative applications for this (not that I personally have experience with anything lucrative) is the movie and television industry.  Large and kind of bland paintings are often rented as set decoration.  They have to be interesting but not so interesting that they distract the audience from the show.  And they need to be large because photography always shrinks things in the distance.

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