When Robots Attack

“When Robots Attack” is the name of today’s composition, not a post mortem on mechanized warfare. I didn’t intend to paint the likeness of a robot. At the very least, after I painted a watery yellow and green orb, I thought I would use the drips to create tentacle-like projections.

I used acrylic inks to enhance some of the drip tracings, then added washes of cadmium red deep and bismuth yellow to fill in the background. In the areas close to the central orb, I applied mauve and purple pigments.

The little linty-looking figure at the upper left of the composition is actually an enhancement I made to a random splash of blue.  It is a very large robot that is very far away.

Watercolor: Abstract - When Robots Attack

When Robots Attack
16″x12″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

So how did the idea of attacking robots come to my mind?  I was recently made aware of the work of Sarah Vowel who has written about events in American history from a unique perspective. I purchased her Assassination Vacation recently. I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t comment on it. But I have seen one of her videos, Vowellet. I suppose I was most impressed by Ms. Vowel’s superhero-ness, as the voice of Violet in The Incredibles. Her recreations of Violet’s reactions to the killer robot is what inspired the name for this piece.

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