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Thin Section 4 (the picnic)

10.75"W x 14.50"H x 1.0"D

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Blake Brasher

BRIGHTON, MA

Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: expressionism, peaceful, color, vibrant, abstract, fun, summer, spring, picnic, calm

Media: ink, watercolor

Size: 10.75"W x 14.5"H x 1"D

Year Created: 2018

The Thin Section series name is inspired by the practice in the science of geology of making very thin slices of a piece of rock like sliced cheese from the deli counter. This slice of material can then be examined in whole new ways, revealing previously unknowable details about the material. A geode may look like a ball of mud externally, but sliced thin and illuminated from below it exhibits supernatural beauty.

I call this piece the picnic because it has a calm energy like a peaceful lunch under a canopy of trees by a lake. It has the blues of a still body of clean fresh water, the greens of a healthy forest, and even the reds and whites of a stereotypical checked picnic blanket. This is not a literal interpretation, more like free association.

This is a painting in watercolor and acrylic ink on heavy watercolor paper. It is unframed.

My work is an exploration of the physical and spiritual nature of life expressed in color and movement.  I believe the purpose of art is to help man find his place in the universe, and I consider a painting a success if it has that spiritual quality that draws people into a state of meditative contemplation. My work is meant to be evocative rather than representational. I want to engage the viewer and bring to the surface the same sense of wonder you might get by looking at a sunset, the northern lights, a coral reef, or a star-filled sky. This language of imagery has impressed itself upon me and it informs my visual lexicon. My paintings are composed without linguistic thought; there are no words running through my head. The process is deeply subliminal. It is my goal to communicate with the viewer on that subconscious level.

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