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Downward Spiral

by swiftriverarts , June 15, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Abstract Expressionism, Jackie Griswold, expressionism

This was a collaborative effort - I'd done the grey/black/white (while admittedly in a somewhat dark mood), my 6 year old budding artist niece thought it could use a little yellow, and her father, an artist in his own right, suggested the hit of red in the middle. In some way my paintings always reflect the mood I was in while I was painting, although it's not always as evident as it is in this one.

After completing the painting, it took me a while to decide what the orientation of the red spiral should be. It sat around my house for several days in different positions, as I tried to "name" it. This is where it ended up.

Thank you for reading my blog, and taking the time to look at my work.





  Jackie Griswold ( homepage )

06/18/2008 * 18:38:01

Caroline, Thank you so much for your comments. I love the way you see the painting as a multilane freeway and a feeling of being stuck which gives way to a change. I enjoy hearing what others see in my paintings because it lets me look at in from a different place.



  Caroline Henry ( homepage )

06/18/2008 * 11:59:57

Jackie, your abstracts have a way of becoming very definite concrete images in my mind. "Blue" is an arctic coast with ice floes, the outline of a shore, and a wonderful blue night sky. In "Downward Spiral" I see the background as traffic jammed up on a multilane freeway. I feel that there is a poem in there about a downward spiral of life into a routine "stuck upon a bridge in traffic that never moves" and then using the bridge imagery as a springboard for a change of course that allows the "voice" of the poem to soar onto a new course in life. Caroline

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