Thursday, March 31, 2011

Studio Gallery Intern Review

Before the Beginning
Joyce McCarten

The charcoal piece “Before the Beginning” by Joyce McCarten draws the viewer in by its mysterious inky colors. The piece is magnetic, in that it has a dark feel to it. McCarten's use of monochrome colors and shadowy effects are compelling in expressing a melancholy mood. The circles and squares among the other structures are exciting and gripping. The contrast between the lights and darks emphasize the geometric shape. The dramatic tones signify a breathtaking emotion in the piece. The application of choppy scratches and smooth blends are an excellent combination as well. I fully enjoy the way McCarten applies her textures to present a depth to the piece.

Sarah Botzer
Montgomery Blair High School 2011

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