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April 22, 2012
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Rorschach Experiment 01 by Art-of-Eric-Wayne Rorschach Experiment 01 by Art-of-Eric-Wayne
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This is a non-representational piece, though I'm not sure I'd really call it "abstract" because it's too evocative of real things, without ever being them precisely.

I left the title ambiguous in order to let people form their own associations and impressions without leading them.

There is NO interpretation. My idea about doing something non-representational, though, had to do with creating substance through the interrelations of the various visual components that somehow mirror subtlety and complexity in the real world in such a way that one needs to have experience and understanding to create or appreciate it, but it doesn't directly reference any subject, politics, or other standpoint.

technique It was completely rendered in Photoshop using standard drawing and painting techniques.
below are details of the image at near actual pixels

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And here is an animation showing several stages of the process

My journal entry about this piece:
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Writing critiques for abstract untitled pieces isn't that easy, there are hardly any rules or standards to judge by, I don't even feel that a comparison to other abstract pieces would be appropriate, but you let it untitled for the reason you explained and so I will follow only my own instincts and feeling in this critique, that will be highly subjective.

To answer some questions that a critique usually answers, I find the painting original, technically very advanced, possessing impact of it's own kind. Composition implies inner space, looking at it makes me feel "inside", but the top left object disturbed the flow of the piece by being defined with a border. I feel much more comfortable about the right part of the painting. Your coloring is very appealing.

I think that paintings of this kind are a great companion for the moments of thinking, it's why I would hang such a piece right across a sofa. Good job :)
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gordonjugah Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow! Very vivid and colorful! The flow feels good as well!
chesya Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
I don't find abstract work especially difficult to analyse. I look for form and coherence and balance in it's creation,and refined use of tone and colour - all elements of syntax from which metaphor is drawn.. The subversion and/or inversion of these values is also appropriate, particularly in relation to conventions in figurative work.

There are lots of what I call pregnant lines here that could belong to multiple forms. I developed a technique get rid of them - of course I failed. So I guess the flaming figure in the right-middle foreground is mine. Given that we've given up NOT having associations, the top left structure is neatly positioned to make one think of an orb the moon or sun - I like the inversion of sun cold blue and the Earth on fire. This too significant to dismiss as are the evocation of. If Rothko clears or stabilises the mind, then you are enraging it.

I remember I acted in a play written by a friend of mine. My character was called Bauer, the German for pawn. I assumed that it was because my character was a pawn at the heart of some court intrigue. I chatted with my friend about the character but it seems the part was named after a rl person called Baker. The thing is that this type of association occurs to often to be a coincidence.
Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Your interpretation isn't far from mine, though I think of the blueish self-intertwining form on the top left as the mind or ego. Thanks for the thoughtful comment.
prettyflour Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been Featured in my journal!

Art-of-Eric-Wayne Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Cool. Thanks!
AngelicHellraiser Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Love this piece. :)
Thegarfieldtouch Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
this is so wicked awesome! i give this million thumbsup!
Hannarrawr Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Artist
I love it, fantastic use of brush strokes and color, keep it up
HoudaShams Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this... It is really something unique, I adore the harmony of the colors! Really beautiful work!
Midgey103 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, the coloring in this is crazy.
- Nicely Done!
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