Art Highlight: "Window" of AVM's Mosaic Classic Series

Each single color retains its individual identity, yet is appreciated on a deeper level when combined with other colors—together fulfilling an even greater purpose: a visible demonstration of how beautiful we are when we are united together as one.
— AVM Hawkins
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Window is a 36 x 36 inch original painting from my Mosaic Classic series. This Mosaic series stemmed from a smaller 5 x 7 series of three original paintings. I thought it would be really awesome to create a larger series of this style to fill a space with an infinite and diverse display of colors. I had a hunch that the larger the canvas, the greater impact this style would have on the viewer.

I love the balance between simplicity and complexity in this painting.  Each color can be appreciated because it is next to an equally beautiful and different color. It represents variety and unity. Window has a way of attracting one from afar and drawing one into this multi-faceted, multi-colored world of beauty, diversity, and energy.  Each single color retains its individual uniqueness, yet, is appreciated on a deeper level when combined with other shapes and colors---together fulfilling an even greater purpose: a visible concrete demonstration of how beautiful we are when we are united together as one.  

 Process Photo of painting "Window" in our apartment on our poker table.

Process Photo of painting "Window" in our apartment on our poker table.

To create Window, I first drew on top of a blank white primed canvas with a black sharpie marker. The lines were drawn free-style, randomly, taking sharp and broad twists, turns, crossing on top of each other until they created several individually uniquely shaped triangular shapes. Then, I painted each individual space with a color. First, I would add one or two solid colors onto my palate and paint them sporadically across the entire painting in a balanced way.  I would do that with each solid primary color until it was time to venture into a new shade. Then, I would mix colors to create a new shade on the color spectrum until each space was filled. Upon the completion of each painted space, I would go back to outline each space again with a black sharpie marker. This process took a very long time over a course of several weeks, but every second was worth it. I believe this level of detail makes Window a very powerful and impactful piece of art.