memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

Asymmetry

How to restore order out of mental chaos and paint a meaningless picture at the same time.

I have a theory that painting symmetrical shapes randomly is both soothing and therapeutic.

First you take a piece of gummed A3 paper and a pencil and then (sticking firmly inside your comfort-zone) you play around for about an hour and come up with this:

STAGE 1

The next day you start to colour it in. you are unsure about the colours but are vaguely thinking yellow and green. You use a water-colour wash and by the end of the hour your uncertainty is showing.

STAGE 2

On the following day you decide to deploy the acrilics.

STAGE 3

STAGE 3

And finally after doing the fine brush work and just generally fiddling around with it and tidying it up you consciously decide to stop before you spoil it any further.

You sign it and then pause to give it a name –  asymmetry

ASYMMETRY – PAINTING BY THOMAS MILNER

Comments on: "Asymmetry" (5)

  1. Easy for you Tom! I couldn’t do that if you paid me a R1m! You have that expertise, I most certainly have not!
    Have a good day
    Cheers
    J x

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  2. That’s amazing!!!

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  3. That’s exactly how I do my best work – only without the sketching and without the symmetry and without the lovely artistic result!

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