Backgrounds can do so much to add atmosphere to a painting not only with the use of colour and value but also subject matter. This has been a very complicated background to paint with lots of masking and many many layers of glazing needed to create the effect that I was after.
My subject for this painting will be my son Alex. I just couldn't resist the reference I am using because he looks focused and thoughtful but in a distant 'coded' way. I wanted to develop this idea further and use the background to help me do so, so I came up with the idea of using binary code.
Adolescence marks the beginning of the development of a more complex thinking
processes. This shift rarely happens smoothly though... at times it is
almost as if teenagers are thinking in an alien or 'coded' language...
you wonder where thoughts are coming from and what they really mean...
if indeed you understand them at all. I'm sure I am not the only one that has experienced this.
So why binary code??? Alex is really into computer sciences and there has been many a talk between him and his dad about binary code over the dinner table of an evening. I am fairly computer savvy on a basic level but often this more technical conversation is beyond me. I thought this would be a great parallel to use... the rush of what seems to one person like a logical sequence of thoughts or events but to others who do not have the ability to fully understand the code we are left wondering what they are thinking and why.
I am looking forward to bringing the portrait section of this painting to life over the next few weeks.