Friday, December 11, 2015

Pepper Fiesta

"Pepper Fiesta" Acrylic, 10x10"
I found the feather duster and have officially dusted off my poor, neglected blog in the hopes that I can start posting again. Life has been busy with traveling workshops, tradeshows and more. My latest adventure was Art Basel, where I showed at the Projects Gallery in Miami, while also attending a 5 day Golden Paints Conference where I learned exciting new painting processes and techniques. Upon return, I had several "past due" deadlines waiting for me, including an illustration for the front cover of a new art product that will be sold in stores soon. My client requested that this new product info stay confidential until it is formally announced. Till then, keep an eye out for this painting, in an art store near you!


Stephen Carpenter said...

What intrigues me about "Pepper Fiesta"
The sense of the point of view being above the picture plane as opposed to in or on it.
The large contrast between the blue-black on top of the light turquoise on the bottom (background)
The diagonal cut of the background that serves to disorient the peppers, creating an ambiguity of space and the tension that results. (Both good things from my point of view)
The colors while referential still have to play (dance?) with each other and here thy do.

Which brings m to the big red pepper. Here is a very good example in my book of the concept of visual wight in colors. It never gets talked about anymore and most paintings could benefit from the conversation. Color effect depends upon the hue certainly, but that hue will occupy a measurable physical space on the surface and a visual space in the image. Since each color has a particular strength, the visual balance of the image has to take area into account and your brain is doing that.all the time.
You have balanced these colors so well that if any one of them were to b a different larger or smaller shape- keeping the colors th same, the painting would become forced and all the delicate ambiguities would be less subtle and less finessed (I don't like this word but it's only one I can think to us)

Maybe none of this is "Conscious" but you have to accept that one's brain is always at work trying to get the rest of us to make what it wants to see.

Patti Mollica said...

hi steve! thanks for that commentary. i think i know what you mean. esp the part about balancing colors and values. btw whats interesting to me is how analytic your mind is and yet how totally playful and spontaneous your work is. Put a few new art materials in front of you and its like watching a joyful preschooler (good thing in my point of view). you balance the left and right seamlessly- bravo. thanks again for your insights and (continued) happy painting!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

a total winner.
I'll be watching ;)

Patti Mollica said...

Thank you Mary! i'll be watching too

Saihah Shamoon said...

Great blog created by you.Thanks a lot for sharing
Omani painter

Patti Mollica said...

Thank you Saihah!