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05-13-2001, 02:41 AM
Just finished (I think), still wet, 16x20 (too small), oil. Tell me what you think...
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05-13-2001, 10:51 AM
were you thinking crucifix?

05-13-2001, 11:18 AM
impressive imagery just to look. i like it a lot. i am trying to make out or understand what i'm looking at. i have theories but am uncertain. is this part of your blue period?

Whatever can find room in the human heart, as emotion, idea, and purpose, whatever it is able to frame into a deed ... can constitute the many-colored content of painting. Hegel.

05-13-2001, 11:28 AM

05-13-2001, 11:37 AM
ZOT, I like what you have, but would like to see more added to this one http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

05-13-2001, 11:55 AM
well I'll be Frost today and take the road not taken- finished! I like it as it is, the near empty field at the top is a perfect reflection of the emptiness that I concieve this figure experiencing, plus the focus is taken entirely down (another unusual thing in composition) to the hair and hands.


very excellent work, IMUO.

what's the title?


"I get tired of either sense or nonsense if I am kept very continuously to either and like my mind to undulate between the two as it likes best." --Bagehot to his fiance

05-13-2001, 03:00 PM
jerry, definitely not crucifix. Not intended to be religious.

Impulse; Cobalt Blue period (heh heh) I'm often tempted to lick it right off the canvas I find it so enticing. I'm afraid my photography fails me again, the color is dingy and there's actually the faint image of a face turned to the sky at the very top. I wanted a sense of vacuity, wanted to keep it simple.

thank you dghoweth, alva I appreciate your imput. Hard to know sometimes how far to go and with what to translate the feeling.

Jnet, you got it, whew. Yeah a little scary about the composition but what do you ever have to lose? If it sucks, paint it better next time. I'm not sure of the title, I'm really really bad at naming my stuff. Usually one word (faces, hang, bodies..etc.). What do you think?

05-13-2001, 04:22 PM
Your choice of blue tells me that you are lacking in this color from your daily living....did you realize that you live in a DESERT!!!????? *laugh* That is the most stark place I have ever visited. So...blue is a nice choice. The subject is subjective and interesting to view. It seems like the figure is getting ready to take a leap into the unknown. Are you ready to fly?


05-13-2001, 10:47 PM
I see her literally hanging by her arms with a sheer blue veil of cloth and being suspended in mid air. I don't see her face as "up" but as tucked in down by her knees and that we are seeing the back of her head.. on "top" right? I LOOOOVVVEE the light effect on her arms! And since the direction of the light seems to be straight up from the bottom, maybe more light right at the tips of her toes too.

VERY nice piece!


It is good to have an end to journey towards but in the end, all that matters is the Journey.

05-13-2001, 11:32 PM
Cool (and Hot) Fagan! I like what you see.
Jodie, glad you dig it. The light is coming from behind her in between her legs (the spot shining through her hair, the strongest point of the light). Yep, she's bent over. The face I was referring to is at the very top, very vague, about the last inch of the canvas. I wanted it to be subtle and well..sure enough you can't see it with the photography so far. I'm trying another one shot.....
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05-14-2001, 12:11 AM
I thought dali's christ too. after the lighter image it looked more like a swimming pool though. cool.


05-14-2001, 01:25 AM
OK, wow. This makes sense to me because you told me that you are a dancer!

I love it, I didn't see the face in the 'shadow' at the top at all until the second photo, I personally think this is wonderful.

I'll walk that path with Jnet today!!

*doing the deevaa dance*

05-14-2001, 01:49 AM
I LOVE this painting I think its perfect.I love the way it expresses emotion.I was very touched.I think your a wonderful artist and you shouldn't change a thing.I think the tone of color is perfect with the type of emotion that follows!


05-14-2001, 06:15 AM
I really really love the arms and hands. The blues are great too. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/evilgrin.gif

ART by TeAnne (http://www.ipec.net.au/teanne/TeAnneArt.html)
I must make a piece of art everyday for my own well being.

05-14-2001, 11:08 AM
hmmmnnn ... title

I love to title my paintings, I sometimes spend whole days looking at something to come up with a title. The first thought that went through my mind with this one was 'lash' ... connotates something delicate (eyelash) and something abusive at once (whiplash), but that's a bit obtuse.

My second thought was 'rise', then "esoteric anti-matter" then "Lifted From The No OF All Nothing"- but that's the title of one of mine http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif(and taken from an ee cummings poem)

how about "A Torrential Calm"

yes, that's the one I like
('scuse my ramblings, as usual http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif)


btw, the more I look at this the more I like it, and I saw the face at the beginning, and thought I was hallucinating!

"I get tired of either sense or nonsense if I am kept very continuously to either and like my mind to undulate between the two as it likes best." --Bagehot to his fiance

05-14-2001, 02:21 PM
Greetings ZOTMA, I like this work, why? I like the figure floating in space, and it feels like it is floating; yet it has weight. Your subject position and placement convey a dramatic feel, the hands have a tension to them, an active energy…nicely done. I like this monochromatic work, gives a mood, drama. Negative space, yet interest.

"You want the ecstacy so you have to take the hangover"

Sandra. M. Smith

05-16-2001, 05:38 PM
Boy, do these two pics ever show how photographs can alter an image. If the bottom one is closer to the real thing, then I would say you should incorporate more blues in a future monochromatic painting. Cobalt blue, if that was the only blue you used, tends to lean towards green. As a result, you should also have a blue that leans towards red, such as Ultramarine. Also, try finding the exact mixing complimentary for each blue; this will give you an infinite variety of toned down blues.
However, image quality might just be preventing me form seeing these other blues in the first place.

05-16-2001, 06:28 PM
I just about forgot about this one and the posts I wanted to reply to....
Jnet, I like the title A Torrential Calm very much, want to name the rest of 'em too?
Amy, Ahhhhh Dali, really, aahhh I kiss your toes.
TeAnne, Deevaa, Renee, Sandra thanks for the great comments.
Bottleman, I'm taking notes. I appreciate the great tips and will use them in the future, can't wait to play some more.

05-16-2001, 07:23 PM
This would be terrific in my hairdresser's salon! ...A pose often taken by the long-haired clients just prior to flipping their locks back up! I also thought of Cirque de Soliel (?sp?) performers... Provocative in this size... potentially monumental larger...

Jeanine Jackson
Stamford, CT

05-17-2001, 08:41 AM
Really like the way the hands look, very expressive. As I noticed the whole painting, they are the only part of the body that holds tension. The rest of the body almost looks peaceful. I like it!

05-17-2001, 09:27 AM
WoW~! WAY COOL!!!!


"Art is neither a profession nor a hobby. Art is a way of being." Frederick Franck

12-20-2001, 02:09 AM
i found this way back when and i love it so i brought it out for a little air. she is holy and exquisite. seems to hold the tension of the opposites well. i like her a lot.

yeah did i say she is so cool...:clap:

12-20-2001, 02:52 AM
:D How about 'electrufixion'.

This piece that has a strong presence. mjk

Painted Melody
12-20-2001, 04:02 AM
I love the animation / cinematic quality in this! Looks like a scene leading up to a climax of a movie


12-20-2001, 01:31 PM
Ummmm wow, thanks reynolds! 7 months ago seems a lifetime since I painted this piece. Surprised the heck outta me to see it come up again. I appreciate your comments.

Mjk, that's a cool word/title (is she worthy?!), I ended up calling it Torrential Calm when I posted it to my website (though I admit to slipping and calling it hang occasionally, I'm hopeless). thanks for looking.

Jeremy, had that comment from another friend (specifically from a horror movie), I find it cool that it takes you there. Thanks!

Cindy, JP and Jeanine, never got back to you guys; thanks for your comments low the months ago.

If Bottleman is out there.....I have a stack of blues now and I'm ever so aware in any of my monochromes about the mix, thanks for that.

12-20-2001, 02:55 PM
Oh The pressure is on. :)

Your response are always so insightful and poetic.

So my words are going to sound blah! *SMILE*

First thought that came to mind was a different perspective on crucifixion. Then I read what you said a about it not being that.

Suspension. Being beamed up in to a space ship, (I guess I watch too many alien movies)

I may like to see more space between the hands and the edge of the canvas.


12-20-2001, 04:01 PM
Originally posted by ZOTMA

Cindy, JP and Jeanine, never got back to you guys; thanks for your comments low the months ago.

talk about a delayed reaction!



12-20-2001, 08:23 PM
Seems to be more of a "beaming up" than a crucifixion or a hanging. And what ARE those nefarious aliens gonna do to her?! LOVE the hands, ZOT: very expressive and beautifully drawn. Fascinating piece with lots of psycho-ramifications. And good for Rennie for digging it out of the archives.