BACK TO THE FUTURE IN MY ARTISTIC ENDEAVOURS AS A “POINTILLIST”
POINTILLISM ARTWORK FROM MY PAST — Cat Portraiture
In MENTAL NOTE #32,
☆ LINK IS : https://nawfalartphotography.wordpress.com/2020/05/08/mental-note-32-my-list-of-the-5-most-influential-painters-for-me-and-why/),
I mentioned that I began my artistic endeavours as a Pointillist in the late 1980s. That, my friends, is a whole other kind of art-craft, I can assure you of that. I loved it! It drove me bonkers much of the time, but I really embraced “The DOTS!”
I had my Checklist:
My Coffee √
My Technical Pens √
My Ink √
My Paper √
My Subject √
THE DOORS ….Very Loud! √
And….Time….Lots and Lots of Time √
All present and accounted for!
Here is what I found to be the main secret to doing Pointillism well:
“The dots are important. The dot size is important. HOWEVER —The the main skill in Pointillism to produce a worthy art piece, is WHERE NOT TO PUT THE DOTS. The white-space is the key ingredient to creating a nice Pointillism artwork. It is just like composing music: A masterpiece in music is created by musicians and composers who know where to put the breaks between the notes, and for how long the breaks should be there. Beethoven knew that ‘Dah Dah Dah Dahhhhhhhhhhh! BREAK! Dah Dah Dah Dahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! BREAK! Would sound way cooler than, “DahDahDahDahDahDahDahDahDahDahDah! You see!”
“So, the secret in Pointillism, in my honest and humble opinion, is the placement of ‘White-Space’.”
☆ I said in MENTAL NOTE #32, that I would show one of my commissioned works, as those are the only ones that exist now. An unfortunate disaster destroyed most of my Pointillism works, regrettably.
This artwork is titled, “AVATAR” (1988), a Cat Portrait: That is actually what I specialized in, Cat Portraiture—Domestic and Wild Cats. This is a portrait of the client’s pet cat, Avatar.
The DOT sizes in this piece range from .15 mm to probably .80 mm. I always preferred a DOT-size around .30 mm. However, the .15 to .80 mm was the normal DOT-size range.
I would guess, there may be 50,000 to 70,000 DOTs in this artwork, but I am just guessing—There could be more.