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First try and first post

Posted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:35 pm
by ArlanderSattler
Alright I've been forced to take a long break in creating new work, but I thought I'd like to have a critique to an old one in the meanwhile.

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This is a last year's made painting, the very first try in oil. Also is what came up in my mind when I was asked, "What is it that you desire most in life?". (was having some problems so yeah... ) Any comment? :)

Re: First try and first post

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:12 am
by ericmeikle
Not sure where you were going with this one. But it is very dark and foreboding. I would suggest you were in a very dark place.

Re: First try and first post

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:55 am
by Lorena Shiffer
What is it you desire most in your life?
At the time you painted this, you did not know: your painting is clouded, dark, murky, but a sense of a roiling storm. To create a dream you need to make a list of what you would wish to be ... not doubts of what you might fear that you are not. Your painting to me, suggests a churning caldron (confusion, doubt, knowing you want something...but you have not yet named that which you desire, want) and a murkiness you cannot see through, but you know you are going to see more clearly the more you concentrate, all storms clear, the light does return.
Manifesting takes concentration and light: I am an evolving painter, I am able to create images wherein the viewer is compelled and drawn into my creation. Manifesting is another word for praying, it is believing yourself to be what you wish to be or accomplish. I am worthy of success. I am worthy of love. I am worthy of divine inspiration... etc ...
Just suggestions, create your own inspirational messages that you desire. When ever you are in doubt, or afraid make a positive affirmation that you are fearless, visionary, in the I am format.
Just a perspective of a fellow dreamer, wanting to create images that speak to viewers such that they might pay me to continue to dream my dreams
Best wishes, Lorena

Re: First try and first post

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:05 pm
by ArlanderSattler
Thank you Lorena :) Maybe you were right that I should create a more positive-impacting image, but at that time I just... couldn't. As you've probably felt, the painting is never meant to motivate anyone, not even me (I cry whenever looking to this one). I don't know if I should call it a cry for help or just some desperate scream. What I've always wanted the most is an end, a liberation—normal and simpler life, no-longer-having-to-deal-with-these etc, name it. No matter how I tried to give all these an end it was always in vain, to the point I realized that such "end" would always be out of the reach anyway (I conclude some of us just born tied to things they can't escape from). Yet I something just can't stop telling me that there is a way and that I just need to hang on longer enough. But the time I painted this (and up to now) all I can see is a faint light at the edge that seems unreachable. I guess I'm just never a dreamer am I? :lol: I really have wiped that thing out of my mind and just focus on what's in front me (to survive "now" is most important). Anyway glad to know someone can interpret it that far :D

Just a perspective of a fellow dreamer, wanting to create images that speak to viewers such that they might pay me to continue to dream my dreams


That's a beautiful reason to paint :)

Re: First try and first post

Posted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:40 pm
by jclo97
Wow! I was going to comment on this but after reading the post from Lorena I think my comments would sound like they came from a first grader! It was a beautiful post. In my opinion the sky is mysterious and spellbinding. I love the glow from the distance.

Re: First try and first post

Posted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 11:42 am
by cooperart
I think with a spark of light in the middle and highlights on the grass and clouds, without overdoing it, this could be a very very pretty painting. A good first attempt. I would like to see this painting again after you have added a few touches.

Re: First try and first post

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:44 pm
by anthony
This painting attracts my attention. It has a very interesting atmosphere. It seems as if there was something there, or that there is going to be something there. As it is, it seems just to be kind of in the Now. . .where it seems like it should be.
Paintings should speak as a language in itself. A plain picture of a person, or any object, even if it is technically superior, doesn't do anything for me. But this painting speaks because it has minimal content without necessarily any dominant subject.

As for the 'message' in it, I believe that an artist can deliberately encorporate specific metaphors or especially private meanings into a painting. Either way it can still be interpreted in any way that anyone wants to. That's the magic in them too. They are for that matter just what you want them to mean. If you are right, then you have some insight and can see through a window into the artist's soul. (but still through your own filter)

I like it very much, thank you for sharing it. Tony

Re: First try and first post

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:05 am
by ArlanderSattler
Thankyou for the comments (all the critiques and advices) everyone! :D First of all, I assure you I'm not dead and just been distracted by exams. That, and there were some problems with my laptop and internet connection which prevented me from logging in this forum. Excuse the rudeness for replying overly late.... And thank you, thank you!

jclo97 wrote:Wow! I was going to comment on this but after reading the post from Lorena I think my comments would sound like they came from a first grader! It was a beautiful post. In my opinion the sky is mysterious and spellbinding. I love the glow from the distance


First grader? You're overly humble :) thanks!

cooperart wrote:I think with a spark of light in the middle and highlights on the grass and clouds, without overdoing it, this could be a very very pretty painting. A good first attempt. I would like to see this painting again after you have added a few touches.


I appreciate your advice but I have this self-imposed rule not to modify any work that has been signed, but I will take it for the next piece I'm making :)

anthony wrote:This painting attracts my attention. It has a very interesting atmosphere. It seems as if there was something there, or that there is going to be something there. As it is, it seems just to be kind of in the Now. . .where it seems like it should be.
Paintings should speak as a language in itself. A plain picture of a person, or any object, even if it is technically superior, doesn't do anything for me. But this painting speaks because it has minimal content without necessarily any dominant subject.

As for the 'message' in it, I believe that an artist can deliberately encorporate specific metaphors or especially private meanings into a painting. Either way it can still be interpreted in any way that anyone wants to. That's the magic in them too. They are for that matter just what you want them to mean. If you are right, then you have some insight and can see through a window into the artist's soul. (but still through your own filter)


I agree with your every word and thank you!