Liberis Golfinopoulos
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“I have things in my head that are not like what anyone has taught me.”  - GEORGIA O'KEEFE

     I suppose I should start by telling you a bit about how these pieces are created.
     the technical part:
     It all starts with a doodle (actually, it starts with an idea - more about that later), then a pencil drawing, finally gouache (a thick, opaque, water based paint that dries flat) is applied on illustration board using various brushes ranging in size from small to really, really small. Gallery 4 shows a piece at each of these stages. Somewhere on this site is a fly (not a moth, a fly) with "How does he do that?" written around him click on it and you can see the process. Almost all of the pieces are done exclusively with BLACK gouache, there is no WHITE paint used (except for a few of the early ones in Gallery 3) the white you see is the illustration board. Most are approximately 10" x 15", some are a bit smaller, some are kinda squarish. They each take anywhere from 10 to 20 hours or so to complete (not counting the endless hours of staring and thinking, wondering how am I going to make this work).
      the creative part:

     Ok, so where do the ideas come from? I'm not exactly sure. From somewhere out there, I guess. Something I hear, see or maybe read. They seem to flow thru the ether and somehow end up tapping me on the shoulder. I don't necessarily go looking for ideas or inspiration. I let them come to me organically. I just sit here patiently and wait for them to develop.
     What are they about? What do they mean? You tell me. Really. I could tell you what exactly inspired each one, or how an idea took shape and what I was thinking as I was working on them. But that's not what I want to do. I would rather you tell me what you see, what you think when looking at a piece. What does it say to you? If art speaks to you, causes you to react - good, bad, angry, happy, sad, frightened, confused, concerned - whatever your reaction, then it works. Apathy is the only response an artist fears.
      I will tell you something about them...though I probably shouldn't. I have been told that the pieces seem dark in mood and/or subject matter. For the most part, they aren't intended to be. A few of them are very personal, but most have simple, even silly origins.
     I truly enjoy creating and sharing these pieces.
     I hope you find them interesting and even a little thought provoking.
     Thank you for taking the time to wander thru my mind.

Check back from time to time, I will be adding new pieces and updating as the muses allow.

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