Thursday, September 5, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Extra-Terrestrial Art Studio

When I was around 12 years old, my family hosted a small bible study at our house. Being the oldest and most responsible, my sister and I were recruited to babysit. Each Tuesday night we'd watch anywhere from two to twelve children between the ages of 2 and 8. It was interesting, to say the least.

Sometimes we were able to control the kids by getting out paper and crayons or markers. It should come as no surprise to you that as a life-long art nerd, that was my favorite way to occupy kids. It didn't really matter to me how much they were interested in coloring, as long as I got to color.

So one week I made this beautiful piece:

"Explosion of an Extra-Terrestrial Art Studio"

I worked very hard on this. It was unique, original, and labor-intensive; nothing like any of my previous work. This was (read: is) art museum-worthy. 

Okay, so you'll give me unique and original. I'm very sure this is one-of-a-kind. 

But you're probably thinking, "labor-intensive?!? It's scribbles!" 

This, my dear readers, is not scribbles. First of all, this was made on white paper. All the black "background" had to be colored in with painstaking care. Each circle, each "scribble", each seemingly careless line had to be placed just so to achieve this nearly poetic balance of color, line, and rhythm. Yes, rhythm. 

Or at least that's what was going through my head at the time. 

And yes, "Explosion of an Extra-Terrestrial Art Studio" is the actual title. Impressive, right?

Note: I would have the original matted and framed, but unfortunately it suffered irreversible water damage. And if you're really interested in buying a copy, let me know. I'm pretty sure this is an irresistible piece! 

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