Watercolor not displayed
I painted a watercolor several days ago and even uploaded it to my media files. I told myself that it was not related to the post I was working on, so I did not show it. I was working on hand gestures as icons. The photograph I was working from for that particular post is below. It was a rather intense moment, as Mike seemed unhappy and reverted to one of his self-destructive behaviors. My older brother, Mike is very low functioning, autistic and nonverbal.
I restricted myself to using hand gestures only, at first, with the hope of symbolizing an emotional feeling with an icon. However, there a limit to the amount of information or even emotional content that can be contained in a single element.
The study I display today is an abandonment of the primary use of icons or symbols to represent feelings. I would characterize it more as a schematization of the photograph. Perhaps I exaggerated the figure’s expression and anatomy, but I think I conveyed the violence of the situation.
I am uncomfortable with this work, but I am not sure if it is the unappealing visage of the face, the crude brush strokes or the icky feeling I get when I look at it.
I hope that some of you respond with constructive critiques of this picture. I am interested in your reactions.