Aside from the curiosity and questions about the abstract genre that I outlined in Version 1, there was another reason I attempted to do abstract art: the fact that I am self-aware enough to know that the vast majority of my work is not going to be found in most public places. I fully understand that you're never going to walk into a doctor's office or hotel room and see Bill Murray as Steve Zissou stuck in the world of Groundhog Day or The Creature from the Black Lagoon as a contestant on The Price is Right or almost any of my Mod Pop Art. It's too specific in its pop culture references, and most of it is a little too weird. And that's OK - this art is made primarily for myself and whoever else is out there who gets it and appreciates it. That said, I don't want to alienate the general public either. My goal with this series was to create something that you would find in an attorney's office, while staying true to my overall artistic style, vision, and aesthetic. In my travels, I have noticed that most of the art found in these lobbies and other various public places is generic, drab, and, yes, "abstract" in nature, generally. It's inoffensive and makes no statement ... and thus, people have concluded that it's OK to hang on the wall in the dentist's lobby because no one will complain. But will they even notice it? That's my question. So I wanted to create something with abstract brush techniques, but tried to make it also visually appealing, or at least interesting. I wanted to have one dedicated collection or series of art that is not trying to be funny or weird and does not directly reference pop culture so that it might actually be found in a lobby. Whether I accomplished that is up for debate, but Version 4 of "The Plaid Dove" was actually my initial vision and the only one I was going to do from the beginning. The final end product is different from my original creation, in which the dove was barely noticeable, almost like a "Magic Eye" mosaic, hidden within the random brush strokes and color. But it ended up just looking lame, in my opinion, just like the art I was trying not to do. So I turned the background into a monochrome of nice deep blues and lightened the dove so it would really pop. If you're so inclined, feel free to drop me a note and let me know how this series turned out.
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