Art

Inspiration, Art

Inspiration: Keith Loutit

I always find inspiration from works of art that progress over months and years. The time it takes to hone one’s skill and the artwork that is being developed and redeveloped. Keith Loutit spent years photographing construction of the modern Singapore skyline as it grows over time. The fading of each photo is a time lapse in almost animation with a glimpse of the past in a brief second.

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Ghibli x Pow

What can I say, I am a huge fan of Studio Ghibli movies and other creations of Hayao Miyazaki movies. Japanese Anime is 5 star animation even before Disney reached its high status among animated productions. These movies have the detail, music, and quality you find in highly funded non-animated Hollywood movies. The stories that have been told are held in the heart by many and myself as well.

Spirited Away was one of my favorites with its amazing music we follow a young girl grow into maturity with courage and adventure. With friends to support her yet every door they opened she had to bravely step through.

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Kiki’s Delivery Service is another story about a girl who sets off to start her own journey in life. In a new city with new people she need to start a small business and be part of a larger community than the one she left.

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Ponyo tells a love story about a fish girl and a young boy. Magic and Love will bring balance to the world as long as we work together to respect the Earth rather than pollute it.

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A woman adventures into dangerous and unknown territories to find someone that can break the curse that was placed on her by a witch. Amongst a war between two nations with mages caught in between a mysterious past can be the only answer min Howl’s Moving Castle.

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In a world that faces mankind’s domination over it and its taming of nature the people of Princess Mononoke must face the turning point where nature reaches its point of no return to its virgin past. The worlds of man and nature must converge and transform together or balance will be forever changed.

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Totoro…what can I say more than My Neighbor Totoro?

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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.