Willie’s Balancing Act

Willie’s Balancing Act, 2018
Acrylic on Stretched Canvas
40.6 x 50.8 x 1.8 cm (16 x 20 x 0.6 in)
© 2018 suhuixin

I have been straying away from my usual mediums recently to play around with some abstraction . I mentioned in my previous post about how it felt like playing Jenga in 2D with colours, while working on it. It was mind-boggling towards the very end. And because the lines are meant to be crisp and clean, it is always easy to spot something that I want to adjust, every single time I look at it.

It seems like a piece that I could have easily done in CAD and coloured it up in Photoshop, to get those flawless straight lines and perfect curves. I wondered if I would just create this digitally for future pieces in this style.

I was doing my final (hopefully) round of cleaning up the lines, stroke by stroke painstakingly , getting that drop of pigment to seep into the ‘pores’ of the surface, and standing back from the painting to re-evaluate if that 0.05mm drop has stood out as a ‘pimple’ instead. Sometimes I see the ghost image of an area I had changed. There are always marks and signs of the human hand, and the visual imperfection that belies the ‘sanitized’ image of few lines and colours. The eyes tend to be drawn to the less-than-perfect details which trail across the image. 

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