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10-22-2015, 01:56 PM
a social/societal commentary of sorts

10x10, oils

most of this series is about the innocent yet defiant and challenging natures of children and i'm not changing that theme.

my brush, however, decided this one needed older children in the mix, tween or teen, they add a different flavour, perhaps too strong for some, like curry or chilli peppers, but it is what it is and like it or not, it exists.

all comment/criticism is welcomed as usual.


10-22-2015, 04:44 PM
oh my!

this sets off the alarms
more for some than the others
I find it a bit far over on the continuum
more toward the mischievous than to the deviant
but I have not ever been a judge of 'morals"

but it appeals to me
at least on some level

good one


10-22-2015, 07:38 PM
like the composition of the arms, zigzagging the way thru. Feels like the natural tendencies of youth, exploration, pushing the boundaries

Magali Lenarczak
10-23-2015, 12:03 AM
Love the energy in this painting! Well done and playful!

10-23-2015, 03:24 AM
thanks guys, i appreciate your interpretations very much on this one.
as a saleable painting, meh, but i think it can fit in a photo book with the rest, if i don't push that edge too far away from kid interactive/friendly


10-23-2015, 03:58 PM
I keep coming back here... this picture is questioning me. I am slightly uncomfortable watching this.

You masterfully captured several levels of innocence or fading-out thereof.

Some nit-pickies. I am unable to make out the light source, but I guess it is somewhere in the middle? The yellow ground could, IMHO, benefit from a slightly darker tone towards the horizon to emphasize its depth. The leg of the girl in the pink t-shirt looks a bit odd to me.

10-23-2015, 03:59 PM
I find this painting rather unsettling and a bit creepy. But I don't think that's bad at all; art should move and affect the viewer!

10-24-2015, 01:04 AM
thanks guys, it should make you a little uncomfortable/unsettled, but not too much o.O

will confirm light source and leg more, good call


10-24-2015, 01:51 AM
This one is really quite unsettling from my perspective. It will depend on the rest of the series, for you to see how it fits in the whole.

Regardless, it is a good painting in terms of both composition and engagement of the viewer emotionally.

I think the edge of tween and teen sexuality is an uncomfortable but not terrible border to tread along, but it is the inclusion of more than two or three parties in the narrative that brings the viewer to a whole different border. My immediate thought was that it was potentially commenting on the role that internet pornography is playing in our society - accentuating the acceleration of sexual maturation and the shift away from traditional monogamous relationships and towards sex clubs, orgies and the like.

Good on you for tackling a difficult topic!

10-24-2015, 03:19 PM
thanks rick, that's good info to chew on.
i was going to call it 'criminal family promotions', because in essence there's two promotions going on here: on the right the youngest is being promoted to the world of B&E [climb up and climb in sort of thing] and on the left, well, curious hands happen in families, but it ultimately seemed less controversial simply leaving it non-family [the viewer can take that leap if they want to, i don't want to force that avenue].
so anyway, i remain torn. on one hand i like the idea of promoting this discussion between adult/child about real societal issues, safety, allowability, but on the other, i don't want to wreck the whole project with one image.
i'll get my kids feedback too, especially the one who plans to have kids and see what their younger generation thinks.