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I painted a cleaner highway and I miss the grime.
Plus a drawing about AI.
This painting is finished. Huzzah!
With this one I removed much more detail and flattened the shapes by filling them in with a single color at times. It really then becomes about the color, nailing that strange blue-green-grey that is the pillar in shadow or the blue of that light pole. Those colors are so known in all of our DNA thanks to these seemingly mundane systems that we interact with daily.
And then all those flat shapes next to each other make this realistic looking image.
I like how it came out, and it was good to explore pulling back on a lot of dirtiness and small details, but now I know I want more of that stuff. Somewhere between this painting and the last one is where I’m heading on the next ones coming up.
Hope all is well with you :)
I have not stopped thinking and reading about AI. It’s fascinating to witness the precipice of a new technology (or at least the hype moment of a new technology).
When I read an interview with Meredith Whittaker on her take, it resonated so much that I made a drawing about it:
things worth sharing
DOCUMENTARY: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed - About Nan Goldin’s artistic career (there’s so much gorgeous photography and old videos, kinda like watching Paris is Burning at times) and about her recent activist work fighting the Sackler family for their role in the opioid epidemic. Powerful and inspiring.
QUOTE: “I will read long books and the journals of dead writers. I will feel closer to them than I ever felt to people I used to know before I withdrew from the world. It will be sweet and cool this friendship of mine with dead poets, for I won’t have to touch them or answer their questions. They will talk to me and not expect me to answer. And I’ll get sleepy listening to their voices, explaining the mysteries to me. I’ll fall asleep with the book still in my fingers, and it will rain.” - Tennessee Williams
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