Behind the Art: Gilded Fragments

It's no secret that I love fluid art. I love how it has a mind of its own and the unpredictable nature of the paint mixing together as they flow on the canvas. I always start with an idea in mind, but the paint has a mind of its own. I'm just a guide. 

Gilded Fragments shown on the wall.

Gilded Fragments started as a collection of digital experiments. I wanted to see if I could create typical fluid art results in a digital format and with less mess and wasted paint. Using monochrome color palettes and a fluid art brush set for some of them, I created a series of pieces. I attempted to recreate the more common paint pouring techniques. Dutch pours, swipes, etc. Most of these pieces, I wasn't too fond of, so I didn't really share them. 

The other day, I finished my piece "Fragile", in which I was inspired by the Kintsugi technique of repairing pottery with gold. I thought it might be an interesting technique to try with some of my failed digital experiments. I started with some wavy, sometimes jagged lines across a blank digital canvas.

Work in progress photo collage.

Then I chose a handful of other pieces with color palettes I thought would work well together. I chose pieces that were mostly monochrome. The pieces had some bits of a bright red and gold, but I thought that could be an interesting pop of color. I chose to include pieces of each piece that I liked the best from the original piece. Finally, I added a gold color to the borders of each piece to really create the kintsugi look.

The final result is a fascinating collage type of piece with lots of interesting details and textures. The bits of red and gold that shine through add a brightness to the otherwise greyscale piece. The kintsugi-inspired method of joining these pieces remind me that separately we can be beautiful, but together we create something even more enchanting!

Gilded Fragments

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