I understand where you are coming from but you really should go for it. All the artists I have asked to do commissions have been really cool about it and actually really get into it. Tessar was amazing and so dedicated to making me a wonderful piece!
I went to the project: Insider Trading show today and couldn't take my eyes off this piece of Tessar's, "In Between." Apparently he is interested in exploring this softer, subtler direction at the moment, although he will still be doing some work in the more illustrative style we're all familiar with. This piece is quite large (about 24x36, I think), so some of the subtle shading and soft colors aren't really shown to full advantage here. It's just lovely.
It seems to me that these musings that Tessar posted on his blog are pretty relevant to this new direction of his:
"at night, sometimes i can see into parts of other worlds. not too much unlike my own, but the moon is brighter and sky is a huge northern light.
i know that this is the only true freedom i have. with my eyes closed and my mind's self running around; one moment in fields, the next in snow, mud, then sands.
when i have a hard time sleeping, i imagine i am on the surface of water and i start to sink. the feeling is warm and not scary at all. before long, i am amidst coral and strangely curious beings that are half fact, half fiction. still looking up, i see the abnormally luminous moon and the stars through the soft surface of the water.
if i listen carefully, i can hear a story of searching."
Last Edit: Jun 3, 2008 21:10:38 GMT -8 by commandax
Nice, I really enjoy the new brighter color scheme he's using. That's not to say I want him to stop painting in the darker style but it's good to mix things up a little. So how many pieces did he have available? I'm hoping some of them make it to the online gallery so I have a chance.
So how many pieces did he have available? I'm hoping some of them make it to the online gallery so I have a chance.
Tessar had three big pieces in the main project: show (and several smaller, more illustrative pieces in the pop-up gallery across the street, but that was a one-day-only show for the Artwalk). The "Falls" piece with the white monkeys was one of them, and was still available when I left... It's about the same size as the one I posted, +/- 24x36, and just as beautiful as this one, with the night sky glowing in the water instead of overhead. For some reason, I'm blanking on the third one, but it was similar to these two in its color scheme and style. You should e-mail Beau and ask him to send you some jpegs, I'm sure he'd be more than happy to hook you up if they're still available.
Tessar has three new pieces in the G1988 SF group show. I really like this one, "Waiting and Waiting." Those same massive tree roots from the progress pics he showed us earlier, but this time seemingly suspended in space... you can see the stars shining through it. Preview here: everyone1988.blogspot.com/