Topography of Paint Landscapes

I get many comments about whether my abstractions are topographical maps of certain locations.  Locations that the viewer may have a connection to or not.  Maybe I chose to create a location using bright colors; which is an idea for future pieces as impressionistic art.  A chance for someone to enter the world of POWPAPER with points of reference so that the travelers have a real world map.  Possibly, but my abstractions come from another place and create a different world. 

Walking through artist studios I stumbled across the used wooden and disposable paper palettes of painters.  These remnants of ideas and experiments in color, theories from the minds of creators of worlds. The foundations for masterpieces and amateur art are built on paint palettes before the main structure is built on canvas.  Colors line up and begin to dance and mingle as the mind of the painter begins to work and solve dilemmas. These foundations became the basis of my abstractions in paper form.  The swirl and mixing of paint to transform into new colors, the abandoned trials, and the abstract computations.

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Art, Review

Traditional Meets Modern

Traditional motifs meets modern design

After spending years as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator I started creating my paper art.  With my background my pieces started with a heavy focus on design.  Alongside my design style I tended to use an abundance of bright colors.  Many of my earlier paper art piece tended to have my aesthetic using bright colors.  The use of bright colors was to reflect my style, though not appealing to the broader audience. 

Recently, after giving in to the numerous requests for a traditional palette I have created a mini series of a limited color palette.  I looked into what else used limited colors effectively and found traditional Asian ink paintings to be highly effective.  So to bring some of my culture to my portfolio of work I began creating a small series of work in tribute to the past. So I started with the general imagery with red accents.  

Horse and Hummingbird pieces were created while mimicking the varying intensities of ink and ink absorption into a paper canvas. The Koi, Bonsai, and Pagoda pieces use the accents of red to make a bold statement. These are several of the many pieces I have created in 2018.  Please let me know what you think in the comments below. 

Political, Art

Reflections Art Series: Part 1

Reflections in the American Flag

Preface: Thoughts and Prayers

Throughout history artists have been creating and speaking out on political issues using their art. They had an easy outlet to speak out.  An easy way for viewers to absorb that message.  Nowadays we have social media and the easy transmission of political and social views.  I'm not saying I'm one of these political pioneers of art, but I want to share my thoughts about our society. Ideas not to bash or spread hatred.  Ideas to show what our society has become as a call to our communities that we have problems that need fixing.  The more that people keep talking about these issues, without violence, we can improve ourselves. 

Part 1 of my series of "Reflections in the American Flag"

Gun Violence, Eric Pow, 16x20", paper, 2018.  Blood pours onto our streets, offices, schools, and US soil from domestic acts of violence. Yet our society has become desensitized to mass shootings and we don't react as strongly anymore.  We have accepted that gun violence is what makes America, America.  So this piece reflects our attributes we assigned to our society. 

The smoke rises from empty shell casings as the white stripes while the red stripes are the blood fro shooting victims.  The blue a bulletproof vest, the metal plates, the protection we give our members of this society to protect themselves rather than protection from laws.  Bullet holes line the blue as our stars; the victims that stand out until we forget. 

All is paper, as paper can be strong when great laws are written on paper, but weak as all laws can be influenced by organizations with great wealth.