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Colorful abstract & improvisational artwork by former starving artist Brian Moss

Colorful Improvisational Mostly non-serious Artwork

Explore the colorful pen and ink paintings, symmetrical fractals, photos of liquid lights, and fluid artwork by Brian Moss

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Write me down as one who knew,
Revenge means more revenge on you,
What ya gonna do?
” - ‘Mighty River’ - Railroad Earth

 

 W.H.A.T. I.S. A.R.T.

W.H.A.T. I.S. A.R.T.


 

Here is some mediocre pen & ink work from 2011 - 2014

Note, one of these was painted in 2015, threw a curveball at ya. It’s the sublime rip off for the unimaginative. This band busted into an impromptu cover of that song, so I lit the painting I was working on, on fire. For all my ~2 hour paintings, that looks the most raw. That is the type of thing I don’t finish by design. I have an allotted amount of time and then band stops playing and I carry it over to another set or say enough. Context. I was on the grass & wasn’t painting “live” on display for anyone thinking I would accidentally light a stage on fire. A little 99.99% isopropyl alcohol which I was working with that day and a bic lighter was all it took

I have made probably in the order of 300 paintings in my life time, maybe more when I think back, and lots of other stuff mostly unfinished. Usually I don’t feel like putting weeks or months into something and I get distracted and move on. I think some of them are not too bad though. Just because you can’t paint as well as you would like, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep trying. Frank Sinatra is better at painting than I am. Dylan is better at painting. What’s the use of comparing or competing in expression? Did you know blue eyes was a painter? That is cool isn’t it. I have a kinship with anyone who does abstract painting, in particular. I digress. Scroll down deeper, or view a selection of this seasons brian moss paintings »

Coming this winter I am going to do an temporary exhibit of my old doodles, collages, my abstract paintings at age 10 or 13

 

COLORDRIPPER ― POCKET SIZE EYE-CANDY FOR DAYDREAMERS ON THE GO

A perfect stimming art piece for decompressing from dumb work meetings & life

Order your favorite colors right this second (no sales pressure)


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I launched the Colordripper on February 14th, 2017. Since then the basic formula has had 1 major pivot, and in 2018 I have found even finer glitter and more vibrant inks to please your retinas

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With exceptions, they mostly appeal to people with sensory issues, or fine folks on the autism spectrum who are distracted easily by moving colors or lava lamps (they know I love them). That limited demographic appeal is what keeps them on the downlow so it’s a nice marriage. Plus, if I sell too many it will become monotonous

Each colordripper is hand-filled by yours truly in Virginia with household ingredients. Some people prefer pastel if using them in therapy for SPD for example, whereas barefoot hippies might want something with a little more punch

If you have specific colors, or want something soft & muted, or something with more pizzazz let me know. If you have a specific request I will fill it by hand, so please allow up to a couple of days for order processing & I am happy to oblige

They are available on Etsy or on their own fancy website at www.colordripper.com

Starting at about 10 bucks or less — which is only about 2x what the other ones cost — each dripper is about the size & weight of a smart phone. They are a perfect handheld contrivance to keep on a shelf for when your crazy cousin comes over, or to distract oneself for short intervals. Life is crazy am I right

This product is really a beachhead, if you want me to use a water crashing against the tides type literary vessel. If I ever get my hands on some used injection equipment. I am really hoping 3D printing will come out with a more translucent material that melds together somehow and allows me to pop different shapes and ideas out on command


These are not like the ones your Grandma used to buy you


 

12" RESIN & EPOXY SQUARES  

I made about a dozen of these as an idea I’ll have to expand on. I think I got most of my rhymes out of my system for now, maybe not. Most of these pieces have an opaque background that let shine through making them “pop”. You can’t see it. Picture it. I did some that were transparent but they looked cheaper than Adria the Aliases minor league shortstop; Ha. I need to find a semi-translucent material so you can look through them as a viewer, with the obfuscated world as a background, cropped

If I can space a place in between, using a mirrored background behind a gap it looks interesting & odd;
If the colors are transparent enough, it becomes surreal with light shining back through its top
Imagine a subtle shadow of the image you see, projecting back into your handheld abstracted snapshot

crazy

it’s like the opposite of a keleidoscope, just trying to push back against the boundaries of the canvas a bit

2 dimensional images won’t capture this non-interactive desktop Pollock-esque epoxy illusion block,
1 inch + is how thick they should be, a slab of marbled pieces of plastic layers brainwashed into an unskewered kabob
3 different things playing about, depending on your perspective. I don’t have the tools, or experience, or materials

to do some of the ideas in my crockpot
still can’t fire myself from my job, slow progress

The one on the top, 2nd from left is like 5 layers deeper than a sock sweatshop, each filled with tiny larger-than-microscopic microbeads and iridescent flakes that glint and gleam glare in the facade

The bottom row, second from right is a glitter ball that still cameras do not see
With every size of microbead I have sourced from the Orient filling its seas,
All of the texture overflowing among the patterned 2/8” wave of epoxy

Top right is nicest if you ask me; it is intentional & shows humanity
Nothing against the cup pourers who rely heavily on gravity
These have a window of maybe 2/4 hour before, finality

The drying time provides a blessing or a tragedy
Although, I’d say that is the wrong mentality

My cups is overfloweth, what is the hurry
Paying for each cut, a opposite of cheap
I need my own equipment for full sheets

To justify the heavy oversized freight fees,
I have to then order a literal ton of acrylic xyz
Oh, the shit I would construct if I had my own CNC

I have the space and even an idea. But then life is a bully
Oh you are going to kick me in the eyesockets, I mean really
Fine. I will do both. First, I’ll pivot and plant some stupid trees
I’ll work on some of these ideas one of those days wait and see
that is what I tell myself, believe you me

Rhyming is easy, doesn’t mean it makes sense

talk is cheap, free even

Who wants this poem for
190 thousand dollars?

I will pay you back
with interest
in 10 yrs
time
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INTERPRETATIVE DEPICTIONS

Select works inspired by music & rhymes

While many titles are borrowed from lyrics, these are re-imagined from specific poems or songs. This font below is too Gothic, it’s obnoxious even. I think it looks cool, but it’s a distraction and shouldn’t be used in place of a simple-serif if you are starting a fledgling postcard empire, worse than recapitalizing your company name. If you are a likeable musican you can misspel your own name, but if I am silly (capturing the way my father pronounced my name) Mister Mud will give me grief on stage in front of a whole festival, their staff, Julie McCoolBeans knows what I mean


 

SEPACSDNAL LEARRUS

A few dreamy imaginings, the type you’d think about when it is dreary outside or you are chained to a computer desk


 

TRAVEL VICARIOUSLY THROUGH POSTCARDS

 

As communication becomes exponentially digital, people appreciate it when we make the effort to snail-mail an analog message.

I have just shy of 100 eco-friendly postcards available with plenty of whitespace on the back. At 4" x 6" postal regulation size, they can be mailed anywhere in the world for relatively little. Heck, you don't even have to use them for mailing.

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This growing line of art stationery perfectly captures the vibrancy in my paintings. And they are printed on paper that feels as good as it looks. But don't take my word. Review hundreds of reviews on Etsy

I received my postcards and they were great, exactly what I expected! Shipped right away and packaged in a way that they wouldn’t get damaged. They are going to make a great addition to my gallery wall I am composing for my home!
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ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHS

I don't fancy myself an amateur photographer, but from time to time I capture light »


 

LIVE CONCERT PAINTINGS

Another unfinished series I didn't start. One of these days if I find the time, I have a vision for this project that involves spray paint, lots of compressed air, and a twist on the “live” part of live painting. I want to do a speed airbrush painting, capturing the colors on the lights in (somewhat) real time, blocking out simple triangles all within a short 2 hour window or however long the band even plays for. Just a quick raw burst, a moment captured in time before machines take over and tell us which art we can enjoy. These are rough sketches, not paintings


 

FRACTALS & DIGITAL WORK

When I am into it, I like to post new digital stuff. These works and rough ideas are created from scratch, or are mash-ups of my own work or pictures. Occasionally I also incorporate photographs that are public domain, or have a creative commons attached (in which case, the source would be noted). By sticking to a weekly routine I am able to explore a lot of different things. A mob of people gave me grief for my fractals, so for that reason, I’ll keep working on this series even while I let them think they are getting to me. A sun tzu says what, Karl?

All of my "fractals" are released under a 4.0 attribution-noncommercial creative commons. This means you can download, share, remix, adapt, or reuse them as you see fit, with my explicit permission, provided you credit me as the original source AND do not generate revenue directly from my work. School project? Perfectly okay. Looking for artwork for your album or other project? Let's chat.


 

LIQUID dot LIGHTING

When not slinging paint, I sometimes but not as much as I would like to play with water and oil. This is an idea I haven’t done much since June 2nd, 2017 when my final gig was interrupted. Lightshows, for me personally, are more about hanging out and joking around with people than making a pretty piece of art. The playshops. The rock shows I always tried to take serious, but would typically sabotage myself or get frustrated with this that or the other. For me they aren’t really supposed to last. I could get lost in photographing liquids everyday, which is a good reason not to. Don’t confuse delicate photographed compositions with the messy analog projections, those should really be separated. Organization, who needs it. View liquid light videos & images »