The first painting of 2013! I named it ‘Me Voir’ which in French means See me (hopefully haha). I was inspired by the line “Men don’t see me, they just lay their eyes on me.” which I heard on a documentary about Marilyn Monroe. I’ve always been interested Marilyn, she is an iconic figure and timeless! But it is only recently that I’ve decided to research on her as a person and she is extremely complex, from what I gathered, she was lost because her alter ego ‘Marilyn Monroe’ took over her life and that’s who men fell in love with. The idea of living up to someones idea of how you should be inspired me, Imagine, the pressures of someone falling in love with you then falling out of love because they fell in love with someone they thought you were. They leave you or fall out of love because they discover you, the human you and your flaws. I guess ‘Me Voir’ is just about being wanted to be loved for the real you which I think a lot of people can relate to. When I painted this, I was thinking ‘If people see this, would they see a sexual image, or something more.’
It’s been a while since I used acrylic paint and the image below displays my skills at it’s strongest… I think I’ve lost it a little! I painted this a few years ago and it was during a time where I was constantly using acrylic. I think I need to somehow find a balance with each medium if I want to keep everything up!
Happy New year!
I hope your holidays have been good to you! Last year was a great year and regarding my art work, I’ve been pushed to explore ideas and skills! Most of this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the feedback I’ve received from people and the work I’ve done through collaborations such as doing the art work for Ella December short stories. I feel like I’ve improved on the male body but in particular photoshop. I used to be so bad at using photoshop and playing around with different tools helped me to understand how to execute things. Another thing I never expected to do was directing videos and that wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the help of Nekuro who helped make my ideas and vision come to life, be sure to check out his work. I just wanted to put together a picture of all the art pieces I did last year (excluding the pieces with Agape and the women)!
There are some art pieces that I’m happy with, then there are unfinished ones. I’m sure a lot of creative people that have unfinished pieces and don’t know how to finish them. My art teacher once told me that some artists would leave a painting for YEARS before they go back to it. I painted this sometime last year -
This piece had a sister painting and was known as “Dalawa”
I felt that the painting didn’t express what I wanted it to express and it just looked like a cheeky painting I did, so I left it for a while till I felt like I knew what I wanted to do to it. So last night I was just thinking about this painting and the penance painting I did a while back. The penance painting was probably one of my most personal and heartfelt works and I felt like this one should be like that as well. This is because it represents something that is quite intimate and personal to anyone. So like the penance piece I finished this off by finger painting it. Resulting in this-
Positioning the two together, I now feel that they do link together and Dalawa has a bit more character to it. I’d like to think it represents the lust for someone or the lust for the experience but it could also mean a jealous person over thinking that a loved one may be having an affair, I don’t know, guess it depends on the viewer and their mood?
Mikey Espinosa – Soul Rainbow (24″x30″)
Another piece I just did just to let out something out, I was a little inspired by a status update someone I know wrote, it said “What colour is your soul.” How I interpreted it was, what colours and moods do you feel when you think about yourself as a person or even, what colours best express a mood you’re feeling. I did something similar back in 2010 known as the selfish truth. I think I might have to give these self portraits of me a name because I feel like its an alter ego. When painting this, I literally came out of the shower, threw on headphones and listened to the late Nujabes music, particularly music from the Samurai Champloo soundtrack, unlike the selfish truth, I continued to paint this image whilst calming down. It felt great to let it all out, I feel lucky that I have a creative outlet and actually feel satisfied afterwards.
Tran – Mikey Espinosa (27.02.2012) Acrylic on Canvas 50cmx50cm
Do you remember my friend Tran? She took my Yo Sushi virginity! Whilst painting her, I struggled a little because I haven’t studied from her face before. Whilst painting her, I made a few mistakes such as the height of her eyebrows and the bite of her mouth but edited it using the camera on my phone. When painting, the image in front of you will look different compared to seeing it as an image on your phone, this is because you’re seeing it as a whole and seeing it as a whole allows you to pin point which areas need work. In the video, I quickly study the features which are important to me then I paint her! Enjoy the video and subscribe to my youtube account and rate!
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