All My Friends are Dead – or – Paint a Pretty Picture; then This Happens.

Each morning about dawn, I skip happily into my workroom to finish some paintings or to begin new ones. As I light-heartedly view the results of my endeavors later in the day, I am occasionally caught off-guard by what I see; especially if it is dark or depressing or reminds me of the ‘real’ world.

Meaning in Art

I purposely avoid any attempt to ‘say’ anything with my artwork. I burden the viewer with the task of interpretation (if he/she is so inclined). What surprises me is when I see something unintended and it is glaring me in the face! Sometimes this is experienced as a fleeting thought and sometimes as a visceral reaction.

Here are three recent paintings. I will not caption them until I post them again at the bottom of this article. Do you see what I see? Not until the caption is included? Something completely different? Or, nothing at all?

No need to comment unless you would like to share your insight.

  1. My little Owl came out as forlorn and I thought about how wisdom, learning, and curiosity have been taking a beating under the current political administration.
  2. My colorful Fish seems to be lamenting the loss (all his friends are dead) of his fellow flippered friends due, I suppose, to environmental toxins.
  3. And this young woman finds three little, hungry, defenseless beings and wonders how they will be fed. People around the globe face this overwhelming dilemma daily.
    Meaning is in all we do, whether we are aware of it or not. Lesson learned.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I find this very thoughtful and thought-provoking. I was struck by how each picture included some teeth, and teeth that looked like they could take a good bite out of something. Gave me a feeling of anger that contrasted with cheerful colors. I see how layered these are with more than one message.

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  2. Cindy Monro says:

    Thank you for your comment, Claudia. I think you nailed it exactly.

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