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01-26-2018, 11:41 AM
Acrylic and markers on 30"x40" gallery wrapped canvas (I took this photo with my phone and the colors are close to accurate, but not quite.)

This is different for me...I don't do a lot of representational work and haven't done a still life for many, many years.
All comments and critiques are welcomed.


01-26-2018, 11:46 AM
Jim, that's exactly what I thought when I first looked at it - "This is so different from what Jim paints!" This speaks happiness to me. Who doesn't like to a have a luscious fruit basket in their kitchen! Very nice!

Katie Black
01-26-2018, 01:49 PM
Hi Jim, Nice!

I like that I can spot your style no matter whether it is representational or pure abstract. The colours are just lovely, it positively sings!

Here are my thoughts on the piece.

As you know representational work depicts subjects as they appear to the human eye, and with this piece you have achieved that and yet quite cleverly one can see it has a strong abstract influence.

Bearing in mind that you were aiming more for representational than abstract I think I would have liked to have seen 'the top half of the painting'

That being said, I think that you are onto something here..I took it into Picassa and cropped it to show you how future pieces could look if you pushed it further..certainly saleable work I would have thought.


01-27-2018, 04:32 PM
Thank you both for looking and commenting on this piece.

Chaya, sometimes it's good to venture outside ones comfort zone and try something different.

Katie, I like the way you cropped the piece, I will probably photograph it like that as an alternative print on my POD sight. Thanks.

01-28-2018, 09:04 AM
My spouse pointed out to me that this painting is really not so different from my abstract work, noting that the major difference is the subject matter, while the technique is the same that I have been using in many of my abstracts. I have to agree.





01-28-2018, 12:30 PM
Your paintings have that luminescence of stain glass on a sunny day.
This one is definitely in the stain glass style,
and could be reecreated in that style.
That is a good thing, as I love stained glass.

this piece is so simple, yet complex,
it shows an instinct for color choices



01-28-2018, 05:21 PM
Falling fruit is really nice. Like Greggo said, very stained glass. Had that 2 dimensional yet sculptural quality. Love your abstracts in post 5 as well, the first two just glow.

01-28-2018, 08:57 PM
Your style is so wonderful!

01-29-2018, 03:34 PM
Gregg, Chris and Kay, thanks for looking and taking the time to comment.

01-31-2018, 06:35 AM
Very often when I paint I am seeking to create a visualization of an emotion or feeling. Therefore many of my pieces are actually visual metaphors. Much of the time the painting is done in a way that the metaphor is not necessarily obvious to the viewer. In this piece, I was thinking of the imbalance of life's order and chaos and the inevitability of change and the anxiety of the unknowing that change brings about.

It ended up being a bowl of fruit, but the fruit arrangement is falling (changing) and the subject is cropped in a way as to create tension to represent the anxiety of the chaos of the falling fruit arrangement.

Do I expect the viewer to see all of that in this painting? Not really, but these are the thoughts that went into creating this piece. This is not something I normally discuss about my paintings, because it's all rather abstract and difficult to explain and it sounds rather crazy or incongruous to the painting.

I'm sharing all this because I wonder if other abstractionists sometimes hold thoughts in their mind that help create a piece, but are not necessarily obvious to the viewer of the finished piece. Your thoughts?

01-31-2018, 11:11 AM
This is a wonderful stained glassy style you have, Jim. It works for fruit as it does for non-representational, as it does for dancing abstract people. I will say that in this piece I don't get the idea of the fruit falling, maybe because the bowl seems to be holding it.

Katie's crop, which I also like, gives a little more of the falling idea because the bowl is gone and there's also no background for context. Maybe that answers your last question about whether the metaphor you intended comes across to the viewer, but I don't think it matters since everyone can enjoy this lovely painting, each in his own way.

01-31-2018, 06:26 PM
Thanks for commenting, Susan, I always appreciate your insight. However, I'm not clear how the falling fruit is not communicated for you...but each viewer will see what they see and as you said, "...everyone can enjoy the painting, each in their own way."