Abstract painter William John Costello uses vibrant color, texture and energetic motion to grab the viewer’s attention. Visit his website to see more of his portfolio.
Call me an “Eyewitness” to artistic effort.
Let me explain. I have attended fifty-one Ann Arbor Art Fairs since I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1970. I missed one due to cancer treatment. My wife grew up in Ann Arbor, so she has been to more fairs than me! The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a four-day event and is the largest juried art fair in the nation.
It features more than 1,000 artists and spans 30 city blocks. I have walked past tens of thousands of pieces of art. Consequently, I have learned a few things.
The rare piece of art that causes me to stop and to say to myself, “That is distinctive!” usually elicits my congratulatory words of praise to the artist.
After I retired from my profession and a subsequent business career, I took up art to make a little money. Of course, my goal was to make something distinctive.
It mattered not whether a person liked or disliked my art—I just didn’t want anyone to be ambivalent about it. Additionally, I wanted my art to be dramatic, energetic and exuberant. The center of a room. Art that is exciting, colorful and dynamic with movement.
From being in health care I learned to be meticulous. The business world taught me organizational skills. My art reflects those two paradigms.
My first consideration is color. I select a color palette that is simple and efficient. Next, I give considerable thought to movement; so, I use curves and diagonals to guide the viewer.
Next, I think about tone. Contrasting elements are critical in achieving my object of creating an engaging piece that demonstrates vigorous movement.
In the end I finish with an image that is an abstraction but structural, not random. I don’t rely on “happy little accidents” as the wonderful Bob Ross would say.