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08-19-2001, 10:03 PM

this is approx 25 x 30 inches ... acrylic

I've been studying abstraction, and feel very unsatisfied with my results ... so any feedback is welcome- especially critique.


08-20-2001, 12:14 PM
Hi Jeanette,
I really don't know how to critique abstract work. I can tear my own to bits
because I know what it was that I was aiming for. Because I don't know what
your intentions were with this painting, would you mind very much if I just
give you my feelings and first impressions? I can't intellectualize art like
a lot of people, I'm afraid my appreciation of art is on a much lower level.

Well here goes.

I detect a mild to medium restlessness.
I get a feeling of `coming out'. From the dark to the light/cold to the warmth.
I feel a warmth with the big gold molten nugget shape in the center. But I get
the impression that gold is far from being a favourite metal.
There is an eagerness to please.
The repeated comma shapes reveal attention to detail.(to my mind).
They also suggest a strong personality. They are devices for control.
I get the feeling you are attempting to control the way I look at this picture.
You are trying to co-erce me away from the center and out to the edge.
Are you trying to push someone away?
Away from the gold.
There is fire and a vacuum.
That's a dichotomy because fire should not exist in a vacuum. Except in art.
I think the fire is representative of sensuality and sexuality and the dark
vacuum is representative of a strict upbringing. (In a religious sense).
Do I detect relationship turmoil?

Listen, I think I'm going a little too deep here. Think I better stop. I am
probably totally wrong but that is what your picture stirs up in me.

I'd be pleased to know how accurate this reading is. Hope it has been of some

Would I display it on my wall? You betcha....

08-20-2001, 01:13 PM
Well, I like it...but dont ask me why. My "thumbs up" comes strictly from an intuitive or "gut feel" ...

08-20-2001, 02:06 PM
i like it too, and i think heres why: i think there is an overall sense of balance. and im not saying every abstract piece needs balance, but i think thats part of what works well here. you have the bright yellow area (that almost looks like a marigold), and then you use that same yellow "strength" throughout the other corners.

i am especially fond of the squiggly lines :) and i think the colors are very strong !!!

i think you should be pleased with this piece. i bet its awesome in person (it being 25x30 inches and all) :D

08-21-2001, 05:55 PM
This is a very nice painting Jeanette.
This has a very "Floral/Primordial" feel to it. I love the dark surrounding the the burst of yellow-gold.
For me the repetitive lines surrounding the burst convey movement and are very dynamic!
Composition and use of color are both good - Nice job!