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15JanuaryHot
It’s not confetti, silly. If that association comes to mind, it’s not going to stick. Keep looking. Just look.
You’ll make some feeble attempts to figure out “what this is supposed to be” and your brain will give up. That’s good. Now keep looking.
Roughly, this painting can be categorized as Op Art. You don’t interpret op art. You keep looking and then your optic nerve goes into overdrive so that you experience a visual hallucination. Bridget Riley (b. 1931)and Victor Vasarely (1906-1997) are the masters of this genre.
You can’t interpret the image, but you can certainly be sobered by the tricks your imperfect perceptual apparatus plays on your mind. Sit back and spend a few minutes (or seconds?) gazing at one of these paintings. Get your cranium hosed out.

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15JanuaryBigBlueFinal
Here’s a painting where every part is on first. By that I mean, every part is important and interesting. Nothing is “just” background. This is counter-intuitive and that’s precisely what makes this painting so wonderful to contemplate.
15JanuaryBigBlueFinalNumbersThe large blue trapezoid (#1) appears to be on top of everything. But blue is a receding color.
Red (#2) is a forward color but it’s placed in the second tier.
The confetti strip on the top (#3) is spatially behind everything, but it jumps out at you because of its texture.
At the bottom (#4) we have what looks like a continuation of #2 and that further emphasizes the frontality of big blue (#1).
This painting presents a conundrum and there’s no solution. Try not to look at this. Good luck.
Painting by Jane Donaldson, acrylic on canvas, 30×40. 2015
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