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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… See if you can apply our last discussion (https://artamaze.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/the-drama-of-concave-and-convex/) to this painting. This painting is different in three important ways: The square format pushes you into thinking abstractly. There’s no hint of a horizon line. The color contrasts are more subtle. If the pink squares were […]

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An abstract painting should knock you out, leave you speechless, with only the compulsion to keep looking at it. Here’s such a painting. I just want to look at it. Ok, I’m expected to chat a bit here. Well, it’s pink, to start with. The color pink has endured some bad press, being associated with […]

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“Reclaiming the Symbol,” the exhibit by Edith Altman at the State of Illinois Building drew in a large crowd for the panel discussion.  This was many years ago.  I have been puzzling over it ever since. The panel consisted of professors from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and, most impressively,  Wendy Doniger, […]

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It’s also called “The Man with the Blue Sleeve.” Titian (1488-1576) painted this portrait around 1510. It’s a good example of the High Renaissance’s self-confidence, the assertion of the dignity of humanness.  The power of his ego is not coming at us in a front view, which would look aggressive or defensive. No need for […]

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In the early 2000’s green was a fashionable color, meaning it was associated with romantic love.  In Steve Martin’s 2005 movie Shopgirl (he wrote the screenplay) the walls of the shopgirl’s apartment were green. I remember thinking, how odd, I thought green walls were for hospitals. So it goes with color associations.  We talked about […]

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Can you isolate a color from your memory or your culture or art history? Just the word Blues triggers an association in your mind.  “Feelin’ blue”–you hear the music in your head. Our culture and history are loaded (and weighed down) with the symbolism of certain colors.   In 15th century France red was the color […]

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Here we have it in black. What do you think now?  What do you feel? Do you think this is more cerebral, more subdued? Neutral?  And does that go with “less emotional or not emotional at all?”  Even “cold?” Would you consider this friendlier, more accessible, more tuned to emotion than the previous red version? […]

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This painting by Keven Wilder is three feet square. It is monochrome; painted with only two tools, a wide brush and a wide squeegee. And it is immediately appealing. Monochrome: the artist used only one color, red, and then the same red mixed with white for a paler, heathery red near the border. The red […]

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Pieter Lastman (1583-1633) is most famous, arguably, as having been the teacher of Rembrandt (1606-1663). Rembrandt was brought up Protestant, Lastman was Catholic. This is noteworthy because it shows that even in religiously torn Holland, people—artists, at least—still managed to respect each other. The Protestant Reformation in the 16th century involved a lot of violence, […]

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Untitled, oil on canvas, 4’ x 6’ Cassandra Buccellato has been painting for two years in my “What Would Mondrian Do” group, informally known as  “The Mondrian Class.” https://artamaze.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/%ef%bb%bfso-blue/ https://artamaze.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/vortex-and-blue-disk/ https://artamaze.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/let-it-be/ https://artamaze.wordpress.com/2015/04/04/pink/ https://artamaze.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/second-painting/ And this is Cassie’s first painting, from July 2014: https://artamaze.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/first-try-at-painting/   All contents copyright (C) 2010 Katherine Hilden. All rights reserved. http://facefame.wordpress.com […]

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