Thursday, September 2, 2010

Like Basquiat??

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I don't know why Jean-Michel Basquiat came to mind as I was creating this piece, but he did. I'm not very familiar with his body of work but something in me pulled to use the black gesso on top of this piece and as I did I couldn't help but think, "Basquiat."

Often when I work, I don't have a set plan for what I am about to do. In this case, I was working with acrylic paints and was trying to use up the remaining paint I had poured out. I had a few small cut/torn pieces of Canson paper and decided to try taping them together and then creating as a whole... maybe later I will remove the tape and display them in a different way.

This is a piece of Basquiat's work from 1981 that I found from his Wikipedia entry. Which happens to look absolutely nothing like what I have shown above. :o)


Anonymous said...

I get it, the emphasis on the heavy, dark lines and the color meeting up with it to add interest where a simple line drawing would exist otherwise. Both have a graffiti- type quality to them.

SMR said...

Something about this particular mandala strikes a chord with me. I love looking at your works, but this one in particular had me saying "fantastic!" to my computer screen. Great work!

P.S. You responded to a comment I left probably 2 years ago on how to start drawing mandalas, & I got hooked. Just wanted to say thank you. :)

Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith said...

Dawn, thank you for taking the time to comment!

SMR - Thank you so much! And I am *very* happy to hear that you too are creating mandalas. Do you share them online? I'd love to see!

SMR said...

Biffybeans - You've inspired me again! Just started a blog to share the mandalas I have already drawn and those I will draw in the future. Check it out at

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