“Swipe Right” 📲 by Dan Victor. From a sketchbook a while ago, before smart phones, But staring at a photo of someone you lost doesn’t change. I have a box of old photos with rounded corners, held together with #packingtape and bits of box that were only connected because of the massive amount of tape I have layer over the years. Opening and closing every time I move.⠀
I have moved many times in my life. Across the country and back East. It blows my mind to find out some have never moved at all. Although, since 2006, I have called Bushwick home.⠀ ⠀ This drawing was done right around the time I moved here. I remember what the photo was literally about, but I would rather wonder myself. Like I try to forget, so I could be surprised. ⠀ ⠀ Drawing surprises me. Writing, ahhhh not as much. I love to write and you must read this saying, ‘Well why read any further?’. I absolutely love the subtlety of language, especially expressed in person. It’s just that I need to know where the writing is going, for clarity, the words draw the picture. But the picture communicates immediately, if successful.
“Distracting Mechanical Love” 🎨 by Dan Victor 💗 Drawing from an old #sketchbook💎 I liked the idea of #robots with #emotions but we, as humans, can go through the motions, rather than be in the moment. #Distraction is allowing myself to stop thinking so I can be engaged. So do robots have more enthusiasm because they want to know what love is? 👁 To have a desire for desire.
A bird 🦜 represents many things, freedom is the first things comes to mind. 🦉A noble creature that can drift among the clouds. 🦅 It can easily escape its environment and change its surroundings. 🐥 A caged bird is tragic. Have you nurtured your inner freedom today? ✍🏼 by Dan Victor #sketchbook#moleskine#dvtees
She was a woman that tempted me… So, you want a drink? Have you ever had a woman you couldn’t get out of your head? Where it took you to a dark place. This was a complicated friendship.
We did a lot of drinking together. I loved being around her, so I didn’t see how harmful it was. But I couldn’t help myself. We did have a lot of fun, got into some trouble. I look at those times fondly. ⠀
This painting represents my obsession with women and drinking. Dangling hope for a relief from internal pain. It only intensified my alcohol abuse and depression. ⠀
I’m happy to have painted this as opposed to writing or videoing myself. This piece of art delivers the message. I can’t help but stare at it sometimes, so I keep it hidden. Like the picture of Dorian Grey.
These elements merge and hold many visual delights. I find what is in the lines and bring out other shit. There are 2 faces about to kiss, but their heads are attached to something else. Do you see it?⠀
The chemistry between these two is unmistakable. So many great paintings by the same name, it’a my little homage to Klimpt. His famous painting of The Kiss has a similar sentiment. Notice how the back of the male head is attached to another head.
I was watching “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” when I painted this. Like the song, The Origin of Love. Often movies inspire my work. I will sometimes watch a film while I paint, looking up. Every now and then, I catch a flash of color that can be visual inspiration.
There is a fight about to break out. Aggressive and submissive personalities meet. Much like the dynamic of love and hate.
Face By Teeth
The Baby is being nursed by a ghost. Don’t ask me how. I just showed up.
It flows long and one of the more satisfying areas for me to look at. The kiss is tender, but the man and woman’s hair characterizes them. Perhaps the way an animal looks almost human. Did I see the cat flip me off? It won’t phase the moment this man and woman share. Hopefully one that will last a lifetime.
“Daydreams can get messy” by Dan Victor. This is a mixed media piece on paper. This has so much detail, but also reminds me of something dusty, that is easier to let it stay covered in a thick layer of red clay. Same kind of mud that might hold a log cabin together. ⠀ ⠀ My grandfather built a log cabin when he was much younger. He even pointed it out to my brother a long time. He stayed on his aunt & uncle’s farm to live during the depression. ⠀
This art is immersive. My favorite way to engage with visual art is to age with the piece. Time has a way of changing how it looks to you. The creature I made friends with often end up in my art.
“Staring into the mouth of madness” ✍🏼 by Dan Victor 📖 From a #sketchbook drawing using a combination of #stippling & cross-hatching. Love the contrast of technique. It was a time of deep introspection, years back. 👀
I made it a practice to carry around this sketchbook. It was relatively small, about 3 x 5 inches, but the smaller size made it easier to complete ideas without having to spend the time on a larger surface. I think that makes these interesting to share, close to the size of its creation. ✨
This was a special one. Stippling technique with a coffee wash. I used coffee often as a cheap form of water color in art school. I was smoking Winston’s at the time. I have been quit for 8 years. This drawing was done more recently.
I loved coffee when I was in college. I still do like coffee a whole bunch, but not like then. I would chain-smoke cigarettes and bottomless cups of joe at the 24-hour dinner. There was always a diner around. At Kutztown, it was the Airport Diner, aka the APD. In my home town it was the Budd Lake Diner, 24/7 and a block away from my house. I have eaten there more than any other place. Minimum once a week.
I would also draw in the sketchbook so I had something to do by myself besides read. Killed lots of time like that. No wonder I started using the coffee as water color, and the smokes as charcoal. As a fan of mixed media, I liked the idea of ‘cheap art’. Something accessible, yet still of high quality.
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