Friday, April 10, 2009

Priscilla Treacy

Rocks-ocean, (medium unknown)

An interesting composition demonstrating that a marine environment can be evoked without depicting expanses of open sea. The amount of seawater in this work is minimal, and much of it could be just wet sand reflecting the sky. There is no need to show more than a small patch of sky in an upper corner - it is evoked very effectively by the reflection. Cropping out the superfluous from the composition can allow the painting to communicate the beauty and mood of the ocean more effectively, and evoke a very specific sense of place. A painting need not be a novel, it can be a poem - something small in scope but infinite in suggestion.
Subtle colours were laid over a dark, monochrome underpainting to create interesting, magical shadows.

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