Today’s watercolor experiment:
I’m very happy with the icons I developed to represent my brother Mike and me (see Progress post). For those reading my blog for the first time, Mike is my older brother, who is autistic, low functioning and nonverbal. Today’s composition combines these line drawings with the flat, earth tones I used a couple of days ago in my Precursor post.
Process and Comment:
I drew an oval and placed an abstracted line drawing of Mike inside and to the left side of center; on the right side, I reproduced the lines I developed t0 represent me. Since Mike and I are in two different realms, I divided the oval with a lighting bolt. An acute angle originates from the part of line drawing that represents my eye. This two-dimensional slice of cone is displaced when it enters Mike’s realm. It also changes color from green to purple. I’ve used this triangular shape in previous compositions (Back to Abstract, Variation, A New Kind of Year), to represent my field of vision as it impinges on my brother. [Note: the compositions in these posts are inspired by my relationship to Mike, to address the point my friend Liz made in a recent comment.]
I intended for this piece to be a mask made up of equal parts of Mike and me. However, it is not unified enough to be a mask. There is not a great variation in tone throughout the design. Although the components of a face are present within the oval, it takes a bit of mental manipulation to actually see a single face.
I am satisfied with this composition, but it seems more like a coat of arms than a mask or a portrait.