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DON QUIXOTE by Artist Ronald Suchiu

Don Quixote

Don Quixote

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According to the earliest creators group of
surreal art, the image you would paint is one
that "attempts to express the workings of the
subconscious".  Some proclaimed that if you
didn't dream it, it wasn't actually surreal
art.
 
I believe my idea of surreal art has taken a
little bit of a twist from their original
definition.

I found, especially with my Don Quixote
piece, that the painting itself could easily
yet almost mysteriously create its own
subjects and characters.  It is almost like
finding faces and creatures in the clouds and
mixing them with the actions of a domino
effect.  You know, one change leads to
another and so on.

I started my Quixote piece with only a
beautiful earthy color palette selected and a
single detail, the bright red horizontal line
that runs the entire width of the image.

After pushing in the dark tones on the lower
part of the piece I simply added a little
deep yellow and white to lighten and warm the
upper part of the canvas.

After feverishly punching the paint into the
canvas I sat back patiently and started to
look for the "shapes in the clouds". 
Brightening the highlights, darkening the
shadows and adding touches of color the art
transformed magically.  During the entire
painting process I was being coached by the
image itself. It seemed to tell me what it
liked and wanted done to it.

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And when I thought I was finished, I signed
it.

But here is the real kicker.

Everyone who knows me would realize that I
NEVER sign a work until it is done.  Somehow
with this one, I felt tricked by it ... as if
it had a life of its own.

After a couple of hours of trying to
understand why it felt something was missing
I realized that I had created something that
seemed to be the world through the eyes of
someone else.  A bold truly abstract world,
one that could only come from a truly
abstract mind.  Like Don Quixote's?  Yes
that's it ... this is the world as seen
through the mind's eye of Don Quixote.

Just like Picasso and Dali I always wanted to
paint a Man of La Mancha piece and voila here
it sat in front of me without conscious
effort.

That's my take on ... what do you think ...
is the guy crazy?

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