Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Untitled

Untitled.
I've tried to thik of a name for this, but everything I come up with "longing" "Yearning" seems so cliche!

Katherine Tyrrell made a great blog post yesterday on the size of artwork entitled: Juried Art Competitions: Does Sixe Matter. She brings up the fact that artwork seems to be getting bigger and bigger in many galleries and asks the question if size can influence an artwork's effectiveness in a juried show. To which I answered:

Personally, when I view shows, I admit size does make a difference, but size must be backed up with skill. A big painting does not make it good, but a good painting that's big makes a huge impact. On a another note, the smaller pieces in shows that are MAGNIFICENT despite their size, get a boost from the size matter as well, IMO. I'll never forget going to my first CPSA convention in Chicago and being able to see Cecile Baird's work clear across an adjoining room of the gallery and it pulled me to it. When up close it was just as beautiful; that makes a winner as well. So in short, yes i believe larger work (if good or up to par) can be a shortcut to success in a show where the winners are juried in person, but that doesn't mean small works can't have impact as well. I just believe the smaller works have to be just a bit better in skill terms to win the prizes.
& in honor of that great post of Katherine's, here's a shot of this image in my studio so you can a feeling of the scale. Not too big, not too small.

15 comments:

Tricia Nelson said...

This is a beautiful piece. I can almost hear her "But Mom, there is nothing to do."

Alisha said...

How about "The wait." I also feel like there is something supernatural about it, almost as if she is looking into another world. Maybe she is looking through the veil in HP and the Order of the Pheonix in the department of mysteries. I love it!!!

WordsandMusic said...

How about, "She Daydreams."

The painting is lovely.

Deborah Ross said...

I love this piece, Nicole. And being a teacher, the title that comes to my mind is 'Waiting for the Bell to Ring'.

YC said...

The light is beautiful. How about "Almost" (within reach)?

visioneerwindows said...

"Contemplation"

Anonymous said...

My 1st impression was 'Reach."

Sandi

Debbie said...

Nicole, your work is fabulous! I tried doing a painting using Polychromos on Wallis Sanded Pastel Paper. The problem for me was there was ALOT of dust created and was wondering if that occurs on the Fisher paper you have been using? And if so, do you have a way to keep from "breathing" in the dust?
Always look forward to your posts!

Debbie

Nicole Caulfield said...

WOW!!! Great suggestions everyone!

& Alisha - Harry Potter references are the way to my heart, lol.

HAHA Deb - That is how she is too... if I could have a penny for all the times I've heard "I'm bored" lol.


Oh boy Debbie. I don't know because I've never tried them on Wallis, but I don't SEEM to be having a problem with breathing them in. Besides the dust problem, how do you like them on Wallis?

Rhonda Bartoe Tucker said...

This is one of the most striking and poignant child portraits I've ever seen. Wow. Just draws you in. Thanks for sharing. BTW, doesn't need a title...everyone will "feel" their own.

Debbie said...

Thanks for your reply, Nicole! I loved the way the polychromos covered the surface and thought "Hey, I think this will work great"' But then I noticed alot of pencil dust at the applicationn point and even when I would brush it into a can, I guess there were still some in the air as i sneezed quite hard. I have asthma so need to be careful. It was similar to using pastel which of course produces the pastel dust. Maybe the Fisher doesn't "scrape" as much????

Debbie

Nicole Caulfield said...

Thank you so much Rhonda! ooh that would be a good idea for all of them... just start numbering pictures after finishing them! 1, 2, 3... that would be so much easier!

Debbie - I do think the Wallis could very well give off more dust. I found the grit a bit more gritty on the wallis! :-)

Carol said...

The little girl is beautiful. What about Daydreaming?

Michael Finley said...

How about "Not soon enough,"

julie douglas said...

Hi Nicole

this is a lovely piece, well done!

Julie Douglas, from Ireland