Sunday, February 01, 2009

Chairs

Here is my 12 x 12 "chair" piece. The story about these little childrens' chairs is posted with my piece on the 12 x 12 blog. What I was most interested in with this piece was trying out my idea of using a very limited pallette and using mostly neutrals. Some of the viewers commented on the 12 x 12 blog that it seemed "melancholy" or expressed "loss". That was not my intention, but I was going for a somewhat nostalgic look, sort of like old photos or engravings. I wonder if the subject matter seems to call for a more cheery color scheme, or if the story I wrote about the chairs led to the melancholy conclusion. It is endlessly fascinating to read/hear what impressions people get from one's artwork.
I hope you've checked out the chair pieces on the 12 x 12 blog. As always, they are wonderful. I feel so fortunate to be part of this group.

5 comments:

  1. Each time I look at this, I wonder just how melancholy it is. To me, it's right on the edge -- it could express loss, it could just be the end of the day, or it could be, like you say, nostalgic. I wonder how it would change if just the ball were a cheerier color, like red, pink or orange? Perhaps that would take it out of the realm of melancholy and place it more in nostalgic. Regardless, it's always interesting what we as viewers bring to the viewing of art and how different it can be from the artist's intention.

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  2. I think this just shows the power of color on our emotions. Fir example, Deborah's two pieces were very similar except for the color change - some pattern, too, but mainly color. For me, color is very emotional.

    Love the piece, evoking a melancholy feeling is not bad, unless you were looking for something more exuberant!!

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  3. I see melancholy/subdued, too, without reading a story to go with it.

    It's stunning. Gorgeous.

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  4. I love this piece. It does have a melancholy tone but more of a comfortable place to be.

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  5. After all most outdoors would look bare without outdoor Executive Chairs.

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