Tuesday, November 22, 2016

ATMOSPHERE & SHAPES, Day 3

My first study for Lesson 10 was fun to paint. I was able to go back and forth between intuitive flow and deliberate decision-making with relative ease. Woo hoo!

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.

Atmosphere & Shapes #1

8 comments:

  1. Love the sculptural shapes, the wispy softness and the movement. Almost seems a snapshot of a dance. Love the textures, always love your textures! The scratchy marks and the 3-Dness!

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    1. Sheila, thanks once again for your comments—you always shine a new bit of light on how I see my work. Didn't know I was sculpting, for example, but yes! Fun to have you mention texture, since I think texture was NOwhere in my painting lexicon when I first started painting.

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  2. This painting really caught me off surprise. What a bold conversation!! No doubt here who is the stronger in this debate! Although that white spot is giving a good fight. Love the repetition of the format, circle in the triangle. Kudos!!!! Have a GREAT Thanksgiving!!!

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    1. Carol, want to say much the same to you as I said to Sheila—it's so eye-opening to see my work through your eyes. Love your attention to "bold" and "debate"! Also fun to have you notice repetition and give it its due. Thank you!

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  3. Hi Dotty!

    What a really good/interesting/beautiful piece of work, Dotty! I really love the strong shape, and I agree with you that the white is also very strong, the contrast is big. Very strong!
    I love also the blue patch, and the red dots as countersomething.

    bye!
    Simone

    ps: as you might have noticed, I was very late. Or better said: I was early and painted, but after that had to run for an appointment. So: I just posted mine ;-) Bye!

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    1. Simone, you have joined the others commenting today to offer up such helpful feedback. In particular, I valued your noticing the strong shape and the big contrast with the strong white and the red dots as "countersomething." Thank you, thank you!

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  4. Yes, I am keeping that 'countersomething' in my vocabulary;-)

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