If you’re an art enthusiast with a passion for drawings, this one’s for you.

In this post we discuss a newly released collection of charcoal drawings executed in a traditional, representational style.

This collection features a series of still-life compositions meticulously crafted in charcoal on archival paper of botanical elements. The series is an observation of biomorphic forms found in nature.

As of now, three compositions have been revealed, with more to come.

If you’re ready to jump straight into purchasing one of these exquisite pieces, feel free to click here.

But if you’re curious about the story behind this collection and my artistic practice, keep on reading.

Three compositions, seen here below, have been dropped so far, with more to follow.

If you’d like to go straight to purchase, click here.

Or continue reading to learn more about this collection and the story behind it.

In this article, I’ll discuss the story and origin behind each one as well as ways you can invest in one or more of these artworks.

I also show you how either one of these drawings can enhance your interior space as a beautiful fine art print.

Contents

The Artistry of Still Life

I’ve always used a still-life composition as a starting point for any drawing project or even just for daily visual journaling.

It is less intimidating than life figure drawing and sometimes can depict an internal dialogue just as effectively and sometimes in a more intriguing way than the live human figure can.

Drawing people comes with its challenges but I find it’s best left for another purpose.

At the end of the day, I observe what I find interesting in the moment and record it whether through photography or drawing. Even a pen or pencil doodle will suffice.

It’s about the idea, the evocative nature of the thing observed. More importantly, relating to my artistic practice and artist identity, it is about what potential there is in it for iteration and regeneration.

My preferred method of iteration is by using crop windows, scaling, and reinvention through regenerating the image digitally.

I do this to discover new narratives and create alternative identities. I love expressing this duality and it permeates much of what I do these days as a visual artist. At the end of the day what I like to offer my collectors is a variation of what I observe in its natural form and an alternate version in its almost ‘supernatural’ form, whether it is cropped sequences of a larger narrative or a reconstructed narrative of the original.

Either way, I intend to engage my viewers and collectors, and illicit a response to the artwork that is all their own with me playing the part of facilitator.

After all, what is an artwork worth to my collector if they can’t enjoy it on their terms?

The Beauty of Everyday Objects and Simple Biomorphic Forms

Beauty, elegance, complexity, and reward are found most abundantly in the everyday and the mundane.
It might sound cliché, but it holds for me.

It’s my absolute favorite way of processing information and observing. This approach allows me to engage in visual art without the pressure to be perfect or conform to trends.

Instead, I take things off their pedestal and focus on the simple, the imperfect, looking a little closer to discovering imperfection.

What usually happens is that I discover unexpected beauty and complexity. Discovering this potential elicited another response for me and that is to reconstruct.

I use the observation in its original form, its beauty as it is, and work with that. Taking it as it is and exploiting its potential to possibly produce another identity for it. Something more powerful that provokes the viewer to question the very nature of what is beautiful and whether it matters if it’s real or unreal.

The Subtle Beauty of Simplicity

These drawings may resemble something complex or complicated, but their beauty lies in the simplicity of the way I choose to work.

I prefer to focus on simple ‘snapshots’ (using croppers) and enhance these by searching out the beauty in the details and the mundane.

By exploiting this I try to elevate the natural and uncomplicated beauty it already possesses.

Nature as a Muse

Nature is a great source of inspiration and base for creating abstract designs in drawing, painting, and even sculpture.

Yes, art and design are inseparable.

Artistic composition is always rooted in some kind of design or construct of what or how we want the content to be viewed or received.

A Closer Look at the Details

The details, whether they are represented as highlights or stark, sharp shadows are worthy of closer inspection. They are visual devices used to create interest.

Other details and intriguing elements can also be found and searched out in zoomed-in sections. Perhaps sections that sit in the mid-tone areas of a drawing or painting. This is what I love to do. To take a ‘snapshot‘ of an otherwise mundane section and make it interesting. ‘Bending’ is perhaps using devices like marks or texture or subverting it through reconstruction.

Or better yet, when speaking in a color language, use bold color combinations and brush strokes to give it a new identity. I do the same in black and white and with the charcoal medium.

Charcoal as a Powerful Medium

This is a wonderful medium to work with. I find it completely freeing as a drawing artist in particular.

I love the soft and forgiving quality of the medium when doing preparatory sketches – there’s no anxiety about errors or possible do-overs.

I love bold colors which you’ll notice in my other large-scale works. But sometimes one needs a little drama in the art without the color being the driving force. And it also doesn’t have to be done through conceptual content alone either. This is what I love about the simplicity of drawing and the seductiveness of charcoal.

Texture and the ‘communication’ through marks – they’re like exclamations or grammatical accents whose full purpose and intention is to draw your attention, command your attention, or push you to respond.

I always encourage aspiring and beginning drawing artists to practice making a library of textural swatches and marks.

They work like a catalog of signs and symbols that you use in your artwork to guide the viewer to how they should interpret what they’re seeing.

Charcoal adds drama

Charcoal yields a dramatic yet soft, intimate, elegant, and thoughtful effect to an artwork.

There’s something in its rough and textural quality that reminds us of playful childlike drawings we indulged in once upon a time during our childhood.

Yet it also has a thoughtful and sophisticated edge to it that is raw and unapologetic without being brute or overpowering.

Most of all, I love working in charcoal for its sense of mystery and intimacy it creates withdrawing. And the fact that you can create so much atmosphere with the technicalities of working with it whether through smudging, scumbling, textural mark-making, and more.

Like I said it’s very freeing and very versatile.

Another aspect of this medium that is so highly evocative is creating contrast and high key effects.

You can do this either through editing positive and negative space or simply using a combination of white and black charcoal sticks.

Of course, there is another color like sepia as well, but within the context of these artworks, I’ll stick to discussing black and white only.

Either way, the color effects are all so beautiful so, if you are an artist I highly encourage you to experiment.

Getting to Know the Artist Behind the Collection

If you’re new to the maxi-minimalist. art brand, you can read more about it and the artist here.

You’ll see that the predominant style of working is through still life involving nature and the biomorphic forms found therein.

But it’s not merely an observation of organic still life and the documentation of it.

The artworks are also a depiction of the duality found in the way we engage in life today.

My purpose as an artist is to comment on that duality of the real and the contrived, except I’m doing it through my observation of the natural world, excluding the human form.

At the same time, I intend to share. And part of that is not only through social commentary in my work but also by engaging in a personal dialogue with myself through this medium. This dialogue extends to the world around me through personal displays and, importantly, with my collectors and viewers.

There is beauty in sharing and that beauty goes hand in hand with the beauty I observe and attempt to recreate with my artwork.

These artworks are meant to be shared and enjoyed for the sake of visual reward as well as adornment.

It might sound superficial, but I believe that everyone is entitled to be surrounded by beauty and luxury, even on a budget.

Perhaps some luxuries are less accessible to most but there is always room for art to be enjoyed. And it can be done affordably.

If you want to know more about building up an art investment portfolio with limited funds, you’ll love this blog post here.

Unveiling this affordable art collection

As mentioned previously I’ve released only three drawings right now. Stay updated to be the first know about future drops. Sign up here.

How can you view this collection in your interior?

You can enjoy this collection in my Virtual Exhibition right here.

Additionally, you can use the ArtPlacer App to seamlessly integrate one these pieces into a photo of your room. This ensures a perfect fit with your interior decor. With this user-friendly tool, you can experiment with different frames and arrangements to create the ideal ambiance for your space.

You can also download the ArtPlacer Mobile App here. This app makes shopping for art a breeze!

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Download the ArtPlacer Mobile App
  2.  Upload a photo of your room to the App
  3.  Choose the artwork you like from the maxi-minimalist profile
  4.  Drag and drop it onto your interior photo
  5.  Select a frame you love or fits with the interior decor
  6.  Save the image.
  7.  If you’re happy with it, you’re ready to purchase. Go straight to the link in your profile or head back to this shop on this website.

If you love this option for art shopping, upload more interior photos and repeat the process – try my other artworks, and have fun with it!

Try out the mobile version here.

charcoal drawings of botanical still life of plant life in black and white, hanging over a fireplace in a affluent luxury home
©Copyright Maxi-minimalist.art 2023.

Another way to view this collection

If you’re simply ready to purchase, you can jump straight to the online store here.

How to get a digital collectable from this affordable art range

If you’re new to this brand, I also offer some of my work to be minted as Non-fungible Tokens in the Web 3 arena.

For those who are not familiar with investing in fine art this way, I have a great article for you to read below to get the inside scoop on what this is all about. More importantly, how you can do it safely too.

luxury interior living space with round designer table an luxury chair with corridor arches in the background and NFT Art, Natural Collection charcoal drawing lit from within a TV Screen frame displaying NFT Art by Maxi-minimalist.art

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Conclusion

I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey into the world of Maxi-minimalist. art and my ‘Natural‘ collection of charcoal still life drawings.

If you’re eager to learn more about art investment on a budget, explore the dedicated blog post here.

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