Mortal Cage – acrylic painting on canvas

Mortal Cage - fine art painting by Jason T Campbell
Mortal Cage – painting by Jason T Campbell

One of my more scary (add some scary music here… or a good metal band :)) paintings just in time for halloween. I used complimentary colors red and green with a little red orange and green yellow thrown in.

There isn’t a super specific meaning. Thinking what to name it, I noticed the rib cage really looked like a cage and along with most paintings of sculls and bones it represents mortality. I personally believe someday we will be released from our mortal cage. In my humble opinion… we think spiritual therefore we are spiritual beings. Halloween seems to remind us of the spiritual realm.

And even if you don’t agree I hope you enjoy the painting anyway. 🙂

Love & Money

Love & Money - by Jason Campbell - acrylic painting on canvasThis was an idea that came to me when I was looking at coins. I am a little bit of a coin collector. I have coins from all over the world. And I started to think about all the times that “love” and “money” are used together. “Can’t Buy Me Love” is a song by Paul McCartney… “ For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10… etc. In a way they are opposites but in another way money can obviously be used to show love in giving the those in need. Anyway, I look forward to hearing other people’s thoughts on it.

Lady of the Lake

"Lady of the Lake" by Jason T. Campbell - fine art painting - acrylic on canvasHad a lot of fun doing this one. It was hard to stop… but I think I’m done. 🙂 It’s 22 x 28 inches which is pretty big for me. I found a couple images from the web and used the basic elements and shading but then did my own thing. As we all know cameras flatten things out. So I attempted to add back gradients. And of course I added extra colors. As my teacher Mick said…. I’m a natural expressionist. ha ha

The Silver Spoon

"The Silver Spoon" by Jason Campbell - fine art painting - acrylic on canvasThis painting was inspired by Magritte and Christo‘s work with sheets of canvas and a little bit by the Occupy Movement. I didn’t intend for it to be for or against them. But I think they bring up an interesting observation that there is a small percentage of people with a lot of wealth. And with politics aside I think they have a responsibility, should they choose to except it, to help their fellow humans in need. Like the old saying goes “With great power comes great responsibility.”

Still Life with Apple and Bottle

"Still Life with Apple and Bottle" fine art painting by Jason CampbellAfter taking my Modern Art History class at American River College by Ken Magri, I was really challenged to spend more time with my paintings. Some artists would spend a month on a painting. Although Van Gogh boasted he did a painting in a day and of course it look GORGEOUS, I don’t want to use that as an excuse to not spend more time with mine. So this is the start of spending more time with a painting. It may be making it realistic or just experimenting like de Kooning. Not that I’m at ashamed of the rest of my work. Each painting is part of the journey so I love them all.

“Night Owls” (Sculpture Painting)

"Night Owl" fine art painting by Jason CampbellInstead of doing a separate sculpture I decided to carve into a piece of wood. It gives it the look of thick impasto with out using a ton of paint. Also from far away it is hard to tell what is carved and what is a 3D effect from the paint. They say paintings are “lies” in a way (tricking you into believing it is a window into another world) … so this is only a half “lie”. A little white lie. 🙂

Tears

"Tears" by Jason Campbell - acrylic on canvasThis painting is dedicated to the victims of Sex Trafficking happening in the US and around the world. Be aware and help out how you can. I’ll give a link and I am sure there are other organizations out there.

I consider it important to bring awareness to issues in some of my paintings. William Blake depicted the horrible mistreatment of slaves in some of his paintings. So it’s not an original idea but one I want to help carry on.

http://www.couragetobeyou.org

The Fall

"The Fall" by Jason Campbell - acrylic on canvas paintingA surreal landscape using a few objects in my room and the old imagination. I think the red-violet background gives it and interesting mystical atmosphere.

Don’t strain yourself to much on the “deeper meaning”. I like what a professor of mine told us in my graphic design class “Lead people down a path but don’t make everything obvious”. I enjoy songs that I don’t know the full meaning of… so why not a painting. The title will get you started. 🙂

Cogs and Threads

"Cogs and Threads" fine art painting by Jason Campbell - acrylic on canvasA surreal still life I guess you could call it. A collage of things I found around the house and laid out on my desk. I started out with the idea of traveling. Ended up kind of thinking about destiny.

It may be common knowledge but the secret ingredients to making things metalic is.
-White
-Black
-Raw Umber

There I saved you a lot of money on buying metallic paint. 🙂

Also I began to play around with alignment in this one. As humans we like things that are grouped and aligned (e.g. reading text)…. food for thought!

Portrait of Crystal

A Portrait of Crystal by Jason Campbell - fine art acrylic paintingMy friend commissioned me to do a portrait of her. I just bought a tube of Yellow Ochre which worked out perfect for her hair and high lights on her face. I had to hype up the colors a little to give it some life. As my teacher Mick Sheldon said I’m a “Natural born expressionist”. Red and red-orange against the blue-green back ground gives it excitement and Crystal has that in her personality for sure!