|ARTBYCP.COM • FEATURED ART: NO. 002 • Posted: August 1st, 2017
Immediately following high school, I decided to opt-out of my first and long awaited summer vacation after high school in order to begin collage. I would attend the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, located in South Eastern Florida, USA. This decision would become a proud moment in my life as a beginning artist.
A "proud moment" as defined by CP:
A moment in life that ones self-esteem is held in high regards by displaying his excellence, either of body or mind. A man proud of his person, of his talent, of his accomplishment or his achievement.
Being anxious to begin my career studies in the arts had been a wise choice to make in order to fast track my art career. Summer classes were very small, which in turn allowed teachers to spend more time with each student. This comfort setting would cause a better student to teacher relationship and provided a better communication process to learn the academic courses.
The advantage obtained could not have served me any better. A great education in a totally relaxed environment in a school that was right across the street from a South Florida prime beach. I repeated opting out the following summer also to speed-up the graduation time, and in two years I would complete my studies and graduate. A commitment that to this day I am very proud of for doing.
My seriousness in learning translated into over achieving with all my art studies and projects. A great example is the "Pearls For You" painting. The art project filled me up with pure excitement and a heart-filled challenge. Never had I ever airbrush painted before. Let me even more honest, I was still an armature in regular brush painting, so this was a nerve racking experience. This would be my first scheduled 'airbrush painting' class that I had great interest in and anticipation for to test my skills.
Anyone that grew up in the 1970s will tell you that the 'art of airbrushing' was a very popular thing in American pop culture at that time. From canvas, to clothing to autos and especially vans! Creating art onto these things were cutting-edge, not to mention a lucrative business for the artist that had the touch. So, I was really looking forward into learning the new skill in class.
In no time at all, I found it more scary of mind than of actual process in achieving its mastery. My God given talents in the arts was no match for the art form, and I became quite good at airbrushing. By 1981, after airbrush and painting basics had tough the teachers let the students loose to create whatever we wanted. Just like my good fortune in high school, I was able to have this unique 'freedom to create,' once again and I would take full advantage of this precious opportunity to become a proficient artist in airbrush painting.
Using the knowledge obtained in airbrushing with the use of colored pencils, thanks to my other mastered skill of drawing, along with some brush painting in which high school had engaged me with, I was able to incorporate all these skills with temporal messaging to create several art pieces that made me feel blessed and even more driven with purpose than before.
The moment I picked up the airbrush and crossed the fear barrier of the unknown, it was as this is too easy. Their was a feeling of, that mountain I just climbed was not tall enough ... give me a taller one! Afterwards, in the years to follow, my desire to airbrush would wind down. It just felt as if I was cheating the fact of being an artist. My goal was to be a "true artist" and even if at the time it was not fully making sense to me, the heart and mind was unfolding the value of being this type of artist.
Other areas of learning were also being adapted by my curiosity, such as, the advertising and marketing aspects in the world of art. My learning curve in the early 1980s was quite steep and the advantage of a young heart and mind was ripe for the task. Taking in all the new education from other classes was riveting for me as well. I seem to really enjoy anatomy for some strange reason. Learning about the human body fascinated me ... and I did not even like whatsoever biology in high school.
The art school course of Anatomy turned my attention to a couple of important areas in life, "mind-body wellness" and "being inspired" which would in later years have a huge effect in my journey of discovery and my mission in life. This is something I will discuss in my upcoming blog posts.
The first year in school was going great and was serving as important technical and philosophical processes that were activated within me. I was learning to define and gradually perfect this process in all my art pieces to contain a metaphysical construct in various states (minimal, mid & maximum) in layering of messaging, symbolism and meaning, which at times could not be fully comprehended, but eventually each artwork would reveal itself by a 3D construct of philosophical art messaging.
The newly created art piece "Pearls For You," at its minimal state-of-being construct, would be my first airbrush painting with a serious complex tone for the philosophical art messaging in my art creation.
After creating the drawing "Man's Own World" and having reached such a euphoric feeling after its completion, I wanted to reach the same peak of glory with this airbrush painting and bring another complex art messaging into another art piece with a representation of having one of the pears of wisdom in life–the act of "giving love from the heart by sharing."This happy metaphor would be incorporated with nature, and who does not love nature.
As you take some time to view "Pearls For You" at its mid state-of-being construct, notice; the tall tree has a perspective pointing upwards toward the sky (symbolism: heavenly God and grand purpose of self), notice; the two birds in which one awaits for a gift (symbolism: act of giving love from the hearth by sharing), notice: the pear necklace being depicted (symbolism: pearls of wisdom with water drops represents the effort of sweat and tears it takes to the pure act of giving love), and notice; the perspective of from the big center foreground pearl to the small background pearls (symbolism: to view bigger picture to smaller picture of life). All of which represents the next metaphysical layering of 3D construct of philosophical art messaging.