Friday, August 7, 2009

Effort - Art


Effort is a dichromatic piece that uses contrasting colors and strong lines to invoke an emotional response in the viewer. A rosy pink shade stands in stark contrast to a dark, menacing gray background. This contrast produces a dichotomous mood in the painting – the juxtaposition of rosy optimistic with dark, cloudy pessimism. The rosy pink arc of the figure in the painting represents positive thinking and its potential for happiness, while the dark background represents the challenges to optimism that exist in the world.

Yet the pink figure appears to remain strong in the face of these challenges to a positive interpretation of the world. The figure’s lines are strong, and the ribbon of pink is broad and appears substantial. The figure rises with vitality in a triumphant posture. The grayness of the background only serves as a foil to illuminate the bright pink color of the figure; it does nothing to dampen its optimism or power. Effort is an optimistic piece that reveals that, though it takes some effort and hard work, maintaining a positive attitude in the face of adversity is both possible and rewarding.

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