Observations: shapes predominate, their sizes vary, figures overlap, layer-on-layer gives a strong sense of depth, translucent layers create a feeling of atmosphere, and the opaque white patch pulls the eye deep into the painting.
Gut reactions: I'm fascinated by the white patch; it really seems to glow. Makes me think of the white light often mentioned in near-death experiences! The layers look a little self-conscious in places but overall I am pleased with them. As I worked with this piece, I found myself curious about the ins and outs of interweaving aspects of realism—for example, shadow—with aspects of abstraction.
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