Monday, December 14, 2009

Shades - Art


This painting titled Shades is an exploration of color. Vivid hues characterize this piece, and the blocks of color are quite striking and draw the viewer’s attention immediately. A true, bright shade of blue is juxtaposed against a duller pinkish hue. Orange, lavender, and forest green occupy the opposite side of the painting. Thick black lines that offset the bright, vivid colors mark the separation between the blocks of color.

Certain regions of the painting are white, and the black lines bleed considerably into these white segments. Perhaps it could be said that the absence of color from these segments leaves them susceptible to being sullied, just as leading a life devoid of meaning can lead one to unintended corruption. The painting is quite visually appealing, and the vibrant colors call to the viewer, yet also draw the eye to the parts of the painting that have no color. The central location of the blocks of absent color points to their importance. The painting calls attention both to the shades of color referred to in the title and also to the places where the shades are absent.


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