The initial goal for this art piece was simply to conceptualise a method of personal transportation. However, I wanted to approach the topic in a way that did not instantly state the obvious. Naturally, the desire was to create something cool, but what I really wanted was a universal concept, something that would appeal to people of immense variety. It eventually came to me: a method of personal transportation that knows no bounds and offers individual possibilities. The imagination: the ability to dream. This initially simple concept then turned into something a lot more personal, becoming an entirely different intention.
I wanted to create "Dream" mainly because of the feelings it triggered within me; an amazing sense of freedom, joy and calm - a very energetic essence overall. I knew I had to transfer all of these emotions to the digital canvas immediately. I've found over the years that, somehow, beyond conscious recognition, my emotions come out in my artwork. I may not realise it immediately, or even after a very long time, but the state of mind that I am in at the given moment when I am working on an art piece, greatly affects it. So with all that energy and emotion flowing through me, from the idea of Dream, it was a no brainer - I had to create!Â I knew it was going to be loads of fun, and that alone was reason enough to deem its creation.
Inspirations and Motivations:
I often tend to be self inspired, and it doesn't take much for me to get excited about creating something new. In the case of Dream, I had no idea what the image would look like. The picture I had in my mind was very obscure, and yet not knowing what, where, or how the piece would develop was my motivational fuel, and that gave me an excuse to make a mess and laugh at my nonsense along the way. From experience, I knew it would eventually turn into what I wanted.Â That first "play" with the medium always eases me into the process. A lot of the time, before I start a piece, I will go searching for artists that I like and gather all that positive energy. I find that viewing the works of other artists, can be very inspirational and motivating, as there is always something to discover, learn and enjoy. So I take that trip into the mind of others before I go and get lost in my own.
My intention for the piece was simple: to take what I saw in my mind and translate it visually so that others could also experience it. The question I asked myself was, "How do I paint a dream?" What I saw in my imagination was not exactly representational; recreating that very abstract and obscure image, which in truth was just a blurred idea, was the task I set out to accomplish. I vowed to stay true to the purity of the idea: every colour, every curve, and most importantly, the expression. The overall intent for Dream was to capture that sense of free spirit - a feeling of contentment. In a single word, I hoped to achieve "bliss" and to have the viewer experience the same, or at the very least be at ease and calmed by the image.
Texture & Gesture
Dream was completely created using Corel Painter X. Starting with a blank, white canvas, with an obscure idea of the image forming in my mind, I began to dig the texture from my custom papers with a Sharp Chalk (Fig.01). Using papers is just one of Painter's many strengths, and for this piece I purposefully created and developed various assorted papers which would be in touch with the inspiration behind the image itself (Fig.02 - Fig.07).