A deep dive into hi-compassion and art, to later exercise design with empathy, I studied and sought to paint in a process inspired by method acting
Description & Timeline
- This section briefly sheds insight on my extensive process of self-improvement and learning ability—quickly learning how to paint; not to be pursued as a profession, but as a form of introspection and growth
- In a ~12-month chapter where I revolutionized my wellness and self-development, I sought to paint with compassion as a form of expression and message delivery
- I aimed for this to make me further compassionate and empathetic to best deliver Human-Centered experiences
- Thoroughly studied, mainly, Monet and van Gogh including learning, and writing poetry in, French and Dutch to express in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist styles
- Won a local competition for my unqiue work with AI and creativity and earned a spot in a gallery and auction
- View the Front-End experiments for the painting Bliss at the end of the Details
- In the last section of Details, Originals—view pieces made with AI
Method making is a process I experimented with inspired by method acting—to truly create as an artist or in a style. I aimed to put myself in the mood, attitude, and personality of Claude Monet and Impressionism. I researched his life, read quotes; of his, reports/news/cultural climate, and interviews about him at the time; and since, read essays on his work, listened to the music of the time for example. All allowing me, to hopefully, be compassionate with the artist in mind's style, myself, my feelings, and my audience and expressing that compassion in my own style. I modeled this technique after that of a neural network, which is trained on data and that expresses output inspired by that input.
Compassion, truly, is a mutual experience.
"For me, the subject is of secondary importance: I want to convey what is alive between me and the subject." - Claude Monet
"It is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done." - Vincent van Gogh
The above, by Monet, is not at all meant to belittle the user, the exact opposite, through compassion and emphasis of the relationship between the people involved, we can create better technology. I chose the above, by van Gogh, because compassion is a pure form of love for which things done in are done with care, in respect, and well. Finding strength in belief in the user, the audience and what is best for them and what is viable and best for the business as one. That once this is feasible and with compassion, great experiences will come. Another important point, which I believe in, from this quote is the ability for a team, a company, an organization to grow with diversity. That when practicing self and outward compassion, as I aimed to do in painting these pieces and generally in work and everyday life, but with ourselves and within ourselves we'll grow through inclusion, building on each other's strengths. Through learning, reflecting; not reacting, and being the best we can be, the best team we can be, the best company we can be, and; at last, the best society we can be through diversity and inclusion of people, experience, talents, and perspectives.
While it may be nice or aesthetically pleasing that I was able to repaint or paint in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist styles, this was an exercise in compassion. A practice and an ability I've fashioned that I'd like to continue with a great organization. To emphasize the users and the organization, the humans, and to vividly express the thread, the connection between experience and person. I believe through that, we'll be able to create wholesome, viable, accessible experiences for all people.
One must be compassionate inwards and outwards in honest creativity, taking risks, learning from mistakes, and growing. I practiced repainting a few of my favorite Monet pieces with AI and by hand to learn to paint in the Impressionist style and learn to embrace imperfection and Wabi Sabi. Through this, I believe I was able to create these pieces that carry the Feng Shui Monet’s work often did with elements of my own style and character.<
I once thought of a description of my art as time-traveling that extended Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings into series and painted my own series inspired by them.
Following Monet’s concept of:
Whoever claims to have finished a canvas is terribly arrogant
While I had some original work and many original reinterpretations, I had the confidence to move on to original work. Inspired by van Gogh’s The Starry Night as a cloudscape, I came up with the genre of an astroscape and painted the following pieces—one Post-Impressionist and the other the same, but in a Pointillist style.
In the summer of 2019, I experimented with Pointillism and then Cubism only to fuse the two into something I called Factionism, which was difficult and resulted in work I was not wholly satisfied with.
In August, I moved onto what I believe is Post-Expressionism, me being so bold, extending abstract expressionism into a style I call “Seum.” Fortune favors the bold!
While visiting Maui, I turned to painting as a form of self-compassion and relief. In an effort to document beautiful scenes I experienced on the island, here are two originals in the Seum style.
Building on this further as when I originally started, I began using Artificial Intelligence to create what I call “spill paintings,” which took a painting and simulated as if it has been affected or it itself was spilled—inspired by an East-Asian ink style—Japonism was another movement I experimented with. It proved difficult to create the right piece that AI would reinterpret as an elegant spill and often the best pieces came out accidentally rather than intentionally. I’ll refrain from stating the names of the paintings as they are often abstract and long in nature
Rather than accompany this piece with sound and motion as some of the earlier pieces, I aimed to put my ability for Front-End development to use and recreate an experiment I saw using three.js to create layers that tilt through drag on mobile or desktop; or additionally, through tilt on mobile.View the bliss immersive experiment
With a rough view from inside the painting: View the bliss panoramic experiment