Thursday, March 31, 2011

Studio Gallery Intern Review

Don McCarten's interesting painting “Shaped Canvas I” takes a step to form a new way of looking at a painting, instead of in a traditional rectangular canvas, he uses an angular or “shaped” canvas. The canvas shape is horizontally symmetrical, which creates a balance to the piece, and his use of geometric shapes in the piece give it a more dynamic feel. The values of blue and grey blend together nicely, while contrasting against the lighter blues and white he uses. It is difficult to say which is the foreground and background of the piece, but it emphasizes each part. Don's brushstrokes with the lighter blues create an image of crashing waves or a waterfall spilling over the edge. Despite Don's passing, his dynamic artwork will surely keep his spirit alive.

Asia Reynolds
Savannah College of Art and Design

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