not-usually- visible things

Featured Artist Don MacCrimmon

Girl in Surreal Room - Watercolor, 22” x 29” by Don MacCrimmon
Don MacCrimmon considers figure drawing as the basis of his art, but
he also utilizes what could be considered planned inconsistency, because
he doesn’t know exactly what will happen as he works, but enjoys this improvisational element. His art can be surreal – with images based upon the unconscious – juxtaposing disparate things – usually to reveal the material of a dream – sometimes showing things only possible in dreams. When
he creates landscapes, he hopes to uncover details that emerge only after repeated viewings, while in portraits he hopes to reveal something of the moods and circumstances of his models. Perhaps we look at art in order to better see and to understand what we see. Don asks himself “What makes some art good, and some not-so-good?” and “Why ought we cherish some of it, or care about it?”.
Scientists tell us that we see only a fraction of the complexities of space, time and mass. And it is for this reason Don hopes to show not-usually- visible things, using a little, or a lot, of abstraction to uncover unseen aspects of space and time. He also believes artists become spiritually paired with psychic ‘others’, and he depends on them as he works. He feels they are something that lie outside consciousness nd are not a part of our brains. While that sounds unpredictable, he feels “It
can be evoked, if asked. It
can engender answers, if asked. It isn’t directive, has no language, uses no image, and has no describable attribute. But it’s there nevertheless. And it’s a part of the impulse to draw, paint, dance, to make music.” And artists respond to these impulses and facilitate their expression in our world.
Some of his drawings are ‘transcriptions’ of physical subject matter, but others are ‘contemplative musings’, which may involve color, or be made with pen & ink, crosshatchings, graphite,
etc. His watercolor paintings follow the same process, although they are more difficult to create. At their
best, they are bright, spontaneous, and dramatic - but if they are overworked, colors may bleed into ‘mud’ and lose clarity and spontaneity. He likes to work on three or more such pieces at once – working on one, then setting it aside to dry, and going on to the next, and so on. Once dry, such watercolors can be ‘glazed over’ with other watercolor hues – usually without muddiness.
His choice of medium depends on time, space and convenience, though he tends to favor watercolor. If work time is limited to 30 seconds or so, Don uses a broadnib dip-pen with dark ink, but if he has at least 30 minutes, graphite or Conté are his media of choice. More of his work may be viewed
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Girl in Surreal Room - Watercolor, 22” x 29” by Don MacCrimmon Six Figures in Dream Space - Watercolor, 22” x 29” by Don MacCrimmon Leaning Man - Pen & Ink, 12” x 10” by Don MacCrimmon Five Bathers - Watercolor, 22” x 29” by Don MacCrimmon Reclining Woman - Watercolor, 29” x 22” by Don MacCrimmon
Two Men in Red & Blue - Watercolor, 29” x 22” by Don MacCrimmon
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