Yet more small paintings

Here are the fifth and sixth “small paintings on paper that don’t matter”, that I did two weeks ago.  In this one I was exploring mark making, division of space, and placing yellow and red next to black for contrast.

Small painting #5, "Take a look behind the rhetoric", acrylic on 8.5" x 5.5" paper, February 4, 2012

These paintings need names, so borrowing an idea from sbmacinnis and the book meme I’m sure you’ve all seen, I grabbed a book offa da shelf, flipped to page 42 (because that’s the answer to the ultimate question), and found something cool on the page.  “Take a look behind the rhetoric”!  – Noam Chomsky, from Bill Moyers’ A World of Ideas.

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I’m not sure what to say about this one.  I was no longer thinking verbally, I was just painting.  🙂  Throwing the dart, this shall be called… “We have covered considerable distances”!  – Patrick Moore, Travellers in Space and Time.

Small painting #6, "We have covered considerable distances", acrylic on 8.5" x 5.5" paper, February 5, 2012

Wheee!  Naming paintings made easy!!  😀

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12 responses to “Yet more small paintings

  1. I like the way you display statistics in sidebar about your paintings! Well, I will have to say Experiment failed: 1. idea phase :1. (actually your idea which I plan to convert into completed statistic!)

    • Heh! First comment I’ve gotten on that, the most self-indulgent part of the whole blog! 🙂 Thank you! I just wanted to keep track…

      Aw, sorry to hear that. But you’ll probably get a few more, I think everyone does. There’s always gesso — excellent for failed experiments. It took me the longest time to find out what gesso is — it’s canvas primer, useful for painting over a ‘failed experiment’ to paint on it again.

      And actually it’s not my idea, it’s patternsthatconnect’s idea. I just thought it was cool. I have a third container in progress…

  2. “that don’t matter”? tsk tsk…. think again

    • Ultimately nothing does matter. That’s not fatalistic, just reality. But this, here is not so existential as that. 🙂 That they ‘don’t matter’ is just a liberating idea. If they come out nice, great, another painting for the blog and the gallery. And so far they all have. 🙂 But if they end up looking like crap (and “Longing for tools still unimagined” came close), well, it’s just a piece of paper and doesn’t matter. See? I won’t mind just trashing it. It’s not even a canvas that I’d want to gesso. They don’t matter just because they’re on paper. I mean, it’s not even acid-free. It’s pulp, it’s an old note pad. This is a liberating exercise for teaching myself to paint as fluidly and loosely as you do. 🙂

      • that makes sense. i often get frustrated when working on bigger canvases with a more “refined” style and defined subject because it is more restrictive and stressful. The less it matters, the less inhibition, the more evocative art…good point Zorgor! And I thank you for your compliment. i really liked these paintings of yours, by the way… [get your tissues out, cue the violins]…those tiny lil’ paintings mattered to me, sob sob

  3. Now that is a brilliant way to name your paintings, Zorgor. 🙂 I may have to keep that method in mind. That first painting? I love it! The bold lines with those delicate little curls of colors…just beautiful!

    The second one somehow makes me think of a Native American design. Maybe it’s the colors you chose, or maybe it’s the patterns. Either way, it works out nicely. Well done!

    • Thank you so much! 🙂 Sure feel free to use that; not my idea much at all really. Another thing I like about it that I realized once I started using it is that this allows me to use the best words of excellent writers and poets for titles. I can continue focusing my creativity on paint instead of teh wordz.

      Glad you like the paint! Native American design — yeah, I can kind of see that, but can’t put my finger on it either… Do some parts of it seem to suggest the texture of animal skins?

      • I can see some animal skins in this painting. Perhaps it has a sort of war paint look to it, too. I’m not sure what it is. Either way, it works! 🙂

        Guess what? I am giving you the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can see it here,

        You deserve it. Keep on painting and posting!

        • Thank you so much! 🙂

          I’m surprised to have painted something that keeps showing me new things the closer I look at it. Why should it do that to me? I painted it after all. You’d think I’d have noticed all the details when I painted them, but I guess not… Weird. In a good way! 🙂

          Ok, I think I’ll paint some today!

  4. these are great zorgor!!! keep ’em coming!

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