take 5: episode 1, at a crossroads

I was telling you yester-post how I’d reached a crossroads in my reimaginings. Here’s the thing:

A thing with which you’ll be familiar if the kind of art you make has the option to re-wind time….

Merrily trotting along to a certain point and Save;
Turn down a figurative side road,
Do more stuff,
Have an adventure.

….And also

Be back at that same junction,
and go a different route,
and have a different adventure – with a whole new cast of characters – and a uniquely new plot.

It’s like choosing between the many-worlds of quantum mechanics.

Now that I’ve dwelt on this a little while I like the idea of a Repeating Five-ness by making each episode of Take Five venture off in Five wildly different outcomes. Yay! Five times the fun!

But I digress. That comes after this:

This is where I’d value your opinion.

I know you’ll understand, as an artist, the hardest part is recognising that final tweak before you call a job jobbed and comfortably move on. Leaving it be. (I thought I was there.)

I really did.

The last change – IDK – do I like V1 or V2? I like them both. Which do I like more? The more I look, the less I know.

So it’s over to you guys…

Version 1:


Version 2:


…and a bit of detail from both. Just in case that helps any.

take5_01detail  take5_02detail

Please help me choose before monkey-mind talks me into looking for versions 3 through 48. (She’s very persuasive…!)

TIA lovely ppl X

Author: Mixy

artist, thing maker & idea magpie. I am making it all up, one bit at a time.

13 thoughts on “take 5: episode 1, at a crossroads”

  1. Both beautiful compositions, while related are expressing different messages within the same conceptual context.
    The first is about the lizard(s) moving through variations of the self/choices.
    The second is about the impact of the flow of information influencing behaviour/choices.

    The viewer will be drawn to one version or the other based on aesthetic preferences and the unconscious response (personal identification) to the the underlying message being sent.

    The use of technique and the expressive atmosphere of your work is superb. 🙂

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  2. I like version 2 because the words and the lighter background make the eye go straight to the center. Version 1 the background color is similar to the middle so the eye doesnt know where to land. Both are beautiful!!!

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      1. Testing today just to see if it works better. The reason I like 1 the best is that it’s uncluttered, it just shines, while 2 is a nice composition, but the main motive is toned down by the background.


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