“Albert”

“Albert”
A portrait of Albert Einstein

It’s amusing how little things inspire us, and some inspire as such to adopt a new style of art; Do something out of the ordinary – consume ‘life’ in an adventure. To explore new possibilities and to adopt and evolve oneself.
These past few weeks, I have indeed watched a decent share of ‘Great’ films that I consider to be masterpieces of the ‘Cinema’.
Now, here I have painted a portrait of Albert Einstein; A great- great mind of the early 20th Century who poured on our minds the knowledge; to be as technologically advanced as we (the World ) is now. I imagined as, what would it be like to study under his teachings. To be there, one of the students.
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// Realism – ( Hyper-realism ? )
//Art Process
Portraiture – this is what urges my finger-tips these days. To grab a brush ( a real brush or a digital one ) and start off- moving closer and closer to achieving ‘the’ Hyper-real. Works so detailed and accurately toned that the result seems near photographic. Though, without the inspiration that those old films provided me with- this would not have been possible. As, the photographs of Einstein are just a few- and for my work I could not use multiple references – as the behaviour of light in nature is complex and imagination fails then- leading the artist in-vain with impractical results. So, a printed image in my hand- I referred to that continually in process of this painting. It is painted just as one would paint a ‘Oil on Canvas’ painting. Only a single layer is used for the subject ( Background layers are separate). Firstly, the rough tonal variations were painted, then the rough micro pores- then the detailed ones; with the lighting continually corrected along the way. The most minute of the details were added without reference, those were by my previous experience with realistic art. Also, hues were altered to end-up with a greyish-brown hue, to promote the feel of ‘importance’. However, nothing was referred for the coat, practising on the canvas, I ended up with a material that mimicked leather- so I went with that.
That is all//

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Impossible and Unimaginable Colors…

Tempted by the thought that birds have more cones in their eyes than us, so they may be seeing colors that we cannot even process; so I flipped out my iPod and started a search to find some mention of these impossible colors, and I found a great article on Wikipedia  and some interesting posts on forums.

Before saying more, I want to mention an important and interesting tidbit; one of these impossible colors is this:

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Yes, PINK!; when we add red and white, pink seems to be formed but the brain processes it as a combination of red and blue/violet. This snap from http://www.s4m4nth4x.com/2012/03/just-like-unicorns-it-turns-out-that-is.html adds detail as:

When you take the line of colors – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet – It doesn’t make a complete circle. There’s a gap where infra red and ultra violet fall – Colors that our eyes can’t see.  Do you understand the problem?  The point where red and violet mix, creating our beloved pink, CANNOT BE SEEN! They don’t overlap!

So, moving on to the colors that the brain could not process in normal conditions . But there is a way to see some of them ( though everyone may not see these, but worth a try..:) )

Combine red and green and one gets the result as murky brown. But, red and green also combine to form a new color. Color that is both red and green at the same time ( not easy to explain though..)

And combine blue and yellow, and instead of green there is also a seemingly unimaginable color that is both blue and yellow at the same time..!

Some may see these colors by crossing their eyes and stare at the crosses, so that they lie on top of each other; the resultant may be the impossible color ( only some may see it, others may only see a shimmer- unfortunately i just saw yellow shimmering on blue.. 😦 ).

[People with Photo-Sensitive Epilepsy, PLEASE DONT TRY THIS]

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[People with Photo-Sensitive Epilepsy, PLEASE DONT TRY THIS]

Seems kinda cool doesn’t it! Though, having only three cones makes creating Art easy..lol