Monday, 5 January 2015

Invisible Painting: Keith Richards

The original Painting and the inverted negative image.

I've been dying to try a painting like this since I 1st thought of the idea last year.  I call it 'invisible painting', let me  explain why... The idea is that you look at the painting for 30 seconds then stare at a blank wall (preferably white), only THEN can you see the painting...when your not looking at it.

Another image to illustrate how the painting looks after staring at it for 30 seconds and then at a blank wall.
What you see above is an inverted image of the photos taken of the painting.  To give you an idea of what it looks like when you see the 'invisible version'. I hope that makes as much sense as I'm hoping it does. It meant painting the whole thing meticulously in negative and keeping a VERY sharp eye on details and how the paint falls with the tooth of the canvas.

So there you 1st 'Crazy painting Experiment' :)  Lets just say I am rather pleased with myself that it didn't turn out a total mess lol. I figured it was time to start really pushing some boundaries with my paintings from time to time this year... I still have a few other crazy idea to try at some point, as well as some more 'normal' ones. Oh!...and Happy New Year.


I thought I'd add this while its still fresh in my head. Having to flip all the whites and dark's after spending so long getting good at that was like a person putting a food mixer in your head and switching it on.  I spent most of last night and all of today on it as I knew for  a certain fact if I split it into too many sessions then it'd turn out crap. I had to maintain the flow of the piece in order for it to have any chance of turning out the way I wanted it.

So as a result I am mentally and physically wiped out.  I see in my future a long lie down and maybe a celebratory pint this evening. I have no idea what I am now going t do with it lol.

Secondary Addition:

The reason I chose Keith Richards is a simple one.  As a musician myself the true genius of Keith Richards isn't his image, the way he looks, or the stories that abound about him.  To truly understand you need to not  'look' but listen.

Third Addition:

Oh and nearly forgot... one of my songs got played on the radio on Saturday ngiht on BBC Radio Newcastle....which is nice.