Tuesday, June 3, 2014

My Wall Needs This

So I was scrolling through my Facebook feed today and came across a piece of art that a "friend" (totally in the Facebook sense of the word, as he is an old high school friend of my brother's) posted. He posts his original art for sale on there from time to time, and I've often seen things I would like to have. And heaven help me if he ever does one that fits in with my color scheme, because my art budget is nonexistent.

But today's piece stopped me in my tracks. And I do not know why. I literally had a physiological reaction. My heart skipped a beat, almost the same way it would if I saw something that frightened me. My heart started pounding and everything.  Isn't that strange?

"Beyond the Ebb & Flow". 2014. 48"x36"
by Travis Jenkins

I wonder what would cause such a strong reaction? I don't know, but I love this so much. If I had the money, it would already be on its way to Tulsa.

When I scrolled past it again, I thought "fireworks." And the third time, I saw some sort of scary beast in the reddish tones in the center.

I love art that reaches out and grabs me like that. THAT is the type of thing you need hanging on your wall. Something you can look at a million times and see something different each time. (I just looked again... do you see the doberman with the red eyes? Am I crazy? Don't answer that...) And of course, then I wonder how the title relates? What the inspiration was?

Maybe I like it because it's a little dark. If I have to choose a favorite artist, I always say Goya, and my favorites of his pieces are decidedly dark. Even his happy pieces have an ominous feel.

Have you ever experienced art that really touches you? And I don't mean in the "aww what a cute puppy" way. I can't be the only one...

If you're interested in seeing more, check out Travis Jenkins on Facebook. This piece is different from a lot of what I've seen him post. He's immensely talented, and I would love to hear what you think of his work. And if you're looking to buy, he has a wide range of pricing, and I think he will do commissioned work. And you know, if you're wondering what to get me for my birthday...

Again- check him out  Travis Jenkins and give him some Likes at least, since he was gracious enough to let me use his photo here.