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I have been exploring again. I thought I would try my hand at Steampunk art. This is a fascinating arm of the Science fiction genre. Here, the 19th century industrial machinery and the Victorian/ Wild West era are amalgamated into an imaginative aesthetically pleasing art and imagery. For instance, Steampunk has been used in clothing lines and film. I wonder if you remember the film “Wild Wild West” with Will Smith or, “The Golden Compass” and my all-time favourite “Howl’s Moving Castle”, to name a few. Many of the costumes and gadgets used in these movies were based on the Steampunk theme. I love it!!
Here is a more in-depth description by Wikipedia:
Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt, and China Miéville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.
Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The first known appearance of the term steampunk was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.
Taken from: Wikipedia.
I am still trying to get my head around it, because it is forever evolving. Anyway, it took me a while and many attempts at mixed media to understand how to incorporate a painting with industrial pieces of machinery, in my case not so much literally, but more watch parts, keys, discarded computer parts and bits of jewellery.
Well, I have finally finished the painting, my interpretation of Steampunk of course, named ‘Skeeter Hawk’. I hope you like it.