While I am not a fan of Black Friday and don’t have a storefront to facilitate Shop Local Saturday, Cyber Monday is something I can support and this year we’ve done something a little different by creating five new digital art pieces we’re introducing specifically for today. No, they’re not holiday-themed, though the colors are appropriate. They’re not on sale, either. While we’ve priced them competitively, ours is not a discount operation. We don’t have generous investors with deep pockets and we have bills to pay.
What we’ve produced are five new images that explore the use of uncertain and undefined light to distract from the fact there’s a nude figure in the image. Some are more subtle than others, but none of them make the nude blatant or overly obvious. The greater emphasis is on the colors and the ways in which they intermingle. The figure is almost secondary.
Our inspiration for this set comes from the decades-old argument as to the point at which a photograph has been so heavily manipulated that it is no longer a photograph. In this case, we settle that argument by not starting with a photograph. We did all the color work first with careful calculations for the blend of colors along with the size and density of each. Then, in four of the images, we added counterpoint with stripes applied in the background using broad watercolor brushes. Only when we were satisfied with that image did we insert the nude figure in such a way as to provide a challenge for the viewer.
These prints stand out boldly against most walls. The flat black background feels almost like an abyss into which the colors are falling. Against that darkness, the colors scream out to not be lost. These are alternatively-minded pieces that probably fit best in a contemporary setting.
Let’s take a look at each one.
Chances are one is going to look more than a second or two before finding the curve of the breast and the hint of a nipple in this image. In fact, anyone looking at the image on their cell phone might not be able to see it at all. It’s not that we went out of our way to hide anything, but rather the level of subtlety is incredibly strong. There are too many brighter distractions that pull away from the soft background of the figure. If one needs to be extremely careful about hanging a nude on their wall, this is the image to purchase. You can buy the print unframed for as low as $48 plus shipping.
Gradient horizontal lines add an extra level of interest to this image that provides an additional distraction from the nude figure. This is one of those instances where even if one does not see the figure right away, once it’s seen it cannot be unseen. Funny how a mental suggestion works like that. The artificial bokeh is intentionally artificial. We didn’t even try to make it look genuine and it is that spectacle that gets one’s attention, like fake flowers at a funeral. This image definitely needs a contemporary setting and even then it has this way of making one just sit and stare. Click here to purchase the print.
Okay, if you miss the nude figure in this one you should probably go and have your eyes checked. This is the most obvious figure in the set, but even here it is largely unobtrusive against all the color. A unique sense of perspective dominates this piece, though, skewed a bit by the high noise level of the horizontal lines. Where is this? What’s going on? One can sense a story but the tale is shrouded in a mystery where few clues are available. This definitely a different emotion than the normal landscape. Click here to purchase a print of this image.
Woah, wait, something different is going on here. Our fourth image takes a lighter touch on the color and infers a sense of motion while returning to a darker-toned figure. As a result, the emotion conveyed is different, darker, more hurried and less certain. The black feels more like a deep void again and a sense of uncertainty floats across the canvas. If I could only hang one of the five on a wall, I would probably choose this one. We suggest a strong frame to go with this one, though, as the image needs that sense of a definite boundary. You can purchase the image here.
If one feels slapped around a bit by the colors in this image please know that it’s purely intentional. After playing it soft with the other four I was in the mood to go with something stronger, bolder, and more of a statement. The juxtaposition of shapes is the real story here and I briefly considered not adding a figure at all. After stepping away for a few hours and coming back, though, the canvas felt incomplete without the figure and the image would not have fit as well with the set. Know someone who can handle this boldness, then buy this print for them right now!
One of the challenges in taking advantage of Cyber Monday opportunities is that whole issue of shipping. If you are ordering a print to give to someone for the Holidays, one needs to consider not only shipping time but production time as well. We don’t exactly have a warehouse of prints sitting around here taking up space. Each print is pulled to order, which takes a minute or 127. Approximately. Sometimes more. The material one chooses is a factor as well. Keep in mind that the last day to order for ground shipping via FedEx or UPS is Tuesday, December 12. If you find yourself caught last minute, sort of, the last day for overnight shipping is December 18. This gives you a minute or two to hem and haw and decide whether a print actually works with your collection or not. We know you’re really asking your spouse for permission. Don’t worry, we won’t tell.
We’ve not tried the whole Cyber Monday thing before, at least not in this context. A lot of people are shopping online this year, though, so perhaps now is the time to start buying art as holiday gifts. No matter who gets one of these prints, they’re definitely going to remember who was so wonderfully generous to them.
And while we’re at it, go ahead and check out all the prints we have available for sale. While I’m rather fond of these because they’re new, we have some other really strong pieces available as well. Thanks for taking a look and we hope you enjoy your purchase!