Thursday, May 25, 2006












(Revised and Original)

Old House on Sisson Settlement Road, Watercolour, 10 x 14 (Sold)

6 comments:

Pat Paulk said...

Makes me feel like the ground is a river flowing underneath the house. Excellent!!

evan said...

I agree, the sky and earth seem to be moving, sliding towards the end of the painting. And then the solid grey block of the house just sits like a rock anchoring the composition down. Pretty good stuff. I'd like the house to be more solid or maybe a bit darker - give it a little more menace because the way the sky and earth seem to move and their colors are fairly light and wispy but then there seems to be that shadow creeping in from the lower left hand corner, I feel like if the house were darke, more solid it would really draw your eye into the painting - right at it's heart. anyway - good painting. evocative.

evan said...

Sorry, one more comment - as I'm looking through the other work I wonder if you should start playing around with the composition a bit more. For instance all of your barns appear more or less in the middle third of the image - in the middle ground. You could really play up some drama if the buildings were sometimes in the extreme foreground or background - (thinking of Wyeth's "Christina's World"). I wonder if you could use the composition to say something about these dilapitated old barns or evoke some emotion - like fear, or nostalgia, or longing - I don't know. But this painting perhaps comes the closest. Many of the other paintings of the barns, though each with their own character, have a sort of static feeling, kind of like their being recorded for posterity but no particular attitude is being taken. I do like some of the crazier colors - like those in William's Old House and Barn.

Joyce said...

Thank you for your comments. You are making some fine points and tomorrow you will see some of your ideas become reality. Guess it wouldn't hurt to be a bit more experimental.

Thanks for taking the time to make such pertinent remarks. The crazy colours in Williams' Barn and Old House were pretty true to what I saw. Someone was very ambitious with the orange/reddish paint!!

I will make the house darker and see what happens.

evan said...

Funny, I'm not dure if I like the house lighter or darker. Their both really good. The thing about the light one - when you see it in comparison to the darker one is that it really does lighten the entire painting - making the dark corner in the lower left be tha muc more menacing - like a storm is coming. But the painting itself feels light and airy. When the house is darker it darkens the entire painting taking away from the power of the dark corner, but it definetley feels harder; more substantial. Putting the two images up together to compare realy is a great excercise. Nice painting!

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