What Makes A Painting Work Art Blog
Tiny paintings that work well may combine great color and value choice with simple forms. They punch you between the eyes from across the room. Other outstanding miniatures are complex and draw you in with detail, luring you to discover their secret heart.
"Electric City", which sold last weekend at a local gallery on its first trip out of the studio, mostly falls into the second category. It doesn't punch you between the eyes from across the room, but it does invite you in from 20+ feet away. While the eyes pick up an overall colorful quality, it is the forms created by areas of lighter and darker values that are most noticeable from a distance. The come hither voice of the complex small work is heard in this distant view via the rather showy frame (I'd have given a simple small work a starkly simple frame.) As you come closer you notice that the back mat is actually a paper which carries fainter echoes of the gold that rims the frame and the gold leaf which edges the small drawing.
The drawing itself is a series of geometric shapes that create an abstract city. Colors and forms are repeated with many variations. Each viewer will experience the hum of the city differently; for abstracts most especially invite collaboration between creator and viewer to create meaning. Representative art, of course, could also be presented in minute complexity that would catch attention and draw a gallery visitor in for a closer look.