In American Village II, I was aiming to capture the view from one of the highways I regularly travel. I wanted to capture the dichotomy of the residential and school yard space that’s surrounded there by billboards, highway, and bustling commercialism. I wanted to capture some perspective on the area.
I loved how the tree at the center of this piece turned out…but again I don’t like how it’s easily lost amidst the colors and disjointed lines of the crazy patch background in that area. I worked with perspective on the schoolhouse and football field on one side of the piece as a progression from the flat, two-dimensional depiction of the residential area in the house on the other side of the piece. I don’t think that worked as well as I’d hoped. I loved the highway and rail in the foreground. I kept those simple, and they invoke the feeling of standing at a roadside overlooking the scene nicely. I like the mountains in the background, but again wish they’d brought more balance to the overall piece. The billboards in this piece didn’t have as much impact as I’d wanted, but they contribute well to the overall din of the center ground. I like the perspective the black and peach triangles in the space near the residential area offer; they’re like a set of roads that go under the highway, offering the idea of the highway being a bridge.
Overall, I’m not sure the crazy patch of this piece balances against the highway in the foreground and mountains in the background as well as I’d like. The idea of imbalance is already starting to emerge as a theme in this series. Despite that discomfort, I like the presence of this piece.