Graphic Design Meets Contemporary Painting

        I’ve noticed this trend becoming more and more apparent, either that or it’s been here all along and I’m just figuring it out now, but it seems to me people are taking more commercial art or graphic design elements, style and technique and incorporating it into paintings.  What causes me to deduce this?  Well in looking at the “tombstones” or blue, purple, and red hashes at the bottom and around the trunk, as well as the circle patterns, it just feel like it could have been designed on a computer, then painted.  It just gives me that impression or feeling because it’s so simple and repetitive..  I’m totally ok with this.  I think it’s great to mix different media ideas, especially in this case because it works.  Given, the circles are quite obviously imperfect (unlike circles created on a computer) but they contain this quality that I can only describe as “Graphic Designer.” 

      What I like about this piece is its color pallet and composition.  The colors used are almost tropical and acidic, but they are mixed in with some neutral and natural tones which helps create some visual balance. It’s like eating a lemon with a lot of sugar, you know, to tone down the intensity.  I also like how the tree is way off to the left of the frame, it gives more focus to the bubbles or circles it’s emitting.  I just think this is an interesting, fun piece; something I’d like to emulate in my paintings.  I’m almost obsessed with drawing and painting circles and circles  and circles within circles.  This sort of demonstrates what I’ve been trying to achieve in some of my work.


Painting of Trees


    I couldn’t find the artist or name of this particular piece, but I just have to comment on it.  As far as paintings go, I tend to gravitate towards abstraction, post-impressionism, expressionism, even modernism.  I suppose because I’m a photographer I’m exposed to the real world so much that I naturally become interested in the more unreal world. 

     However, this realistic piece, I found to be quite lovely.  I find the leaves and branches extremely real, natural, and warm.  The piece feels hauntingly familiar, yet unfamiliar.  The sky appears so neutral and so muted, almost like an atmosphere from another planet.  I especially love the simplicity of the subject matter: a few tree’s in a barren field.  The landscape appears as though it goes on forever in the distance, but fades as if it were covered in a blanket of mist.  Overall this painting is both calm and eerie to me, I can’t keep my eyes off of it.  I’m thinking Early American, possibly 1800-1850, but I’m not sure, does anyone have any ideas?

Allan Morgan Paintings

       PURE GOLD: Allan Morgan’s warm landscapes pull me right in.  What I love the most about these paintings is the simplicity in subject, stroke, and color.  There’s just enough visual information to create these seascape images.   The first image is my favorite.  It provides the most familiar feeling to me, gentle waves, boats offshore, all basking in the warm of the sun. The backgrounds are so simple, almost non existent and there is almost no difference in water and sky, must like in reality, only in this reality, the colors are warm: almond, wheat, brown, gold. I’m a huge fan of color, these paintings are sort-of off my usual taste as far as the color pallet goes, but they are quite lovely.   I especially like the reflections, the make the work more impressionistic.

Leonid Afremov and Debra Hurd Paintings

For a few weeks now I’ve been collecting paintings that I love, and displaying them in an album on Facebook. The pieces above come from that album.  The reason why these pieces appeal to me is without a doubt THE COLOR!. Leonid Afremov and Debra Hurd’s use of color, combined with interesting brushstroke and subject matter makes these paintings worth admiring.  You can easily notice how thick the strokes are in most places, often overlapping each other, creating smooth and raised textures.  The vivid color pallet immediately catches the eyes, yet the complexity and variations in those colors allow you to study it longer.  I find it interesting how many colors are used in Lincoln’s face as well.  The pure inventiveness of the scenes and subjects really brings the viewer into the world of the painter.  I love the activity flowing throughout the paintings, they are some of my favorites.