Rowan Painting, Spring 2014

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Madeline De Fino
Madeline De Fino

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Paige Stecklair
Paige Stecklair

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Aleana Almeida
Aleana Almeida

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Gabriella Zardus
Gabriella Zardus

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Coleen Tryner
Coleen Tryner

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Natalia Navarra
Natalia Navarra

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Melissa Sylvestri
Melissa Sylvestri

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Victoria Butler
Victoria Butler

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Stephanie Blasco
Stephanie Blasco

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Nicole Smedlie
Nicole Smedlie

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Marlena Hirshfield
Marlena Hirshfield

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Juliana Kraft
Juliana Kraft

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Jordan Clark
Jordan Clark

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David Benjamin
David Benjamin

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Anna Reyes
Anna Reyes

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Allyson Cook
Allyson Cook

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8 comments on “Rowan Painting, Spring 2014

  1. Juliana’s elephant painting is very intriguing and captivating. The blues, pinks, and yellows work well together to create a calming atmosphere which is further emphasized by the kind eyes of the elephant. The most interesting aspect of this painting is the way the paint was applied with rough stamps of color. There is no contour line to outline the elephant; what makes the elephant visible is the placement of lights and darks which creates a very unique final result. Steph Blasco

  2. Allyson’s painting of a church is impressively linear and precise. The thin, steady, even brushstrokes make for a very realistic representation. The variation of color in the bricks is visually pleasing. Allyson does a good job of showing depth and perspective with the angles and shades used on the bricks. The dark windows add an element of mystery to the painting as the viewer is not sure what the inside holds. Steph Blasco

  3. In Paige Stecklair’s work you can see her handling the challenge of atmospheric perspective very well. The way she handles the paint in the top right corner and background really allows the woodland to go back in space and lets light in to allow good perspective. Paige’s image has a very painterly feeling to it. She uses a semi-neutral color palate and brushstroke techniques that give the image a very natural feeling. The intertwining rock planes, vines, and trees give the image a interesting composition that allows your eyes to travel around with a great push and pull affect. The light and shadow Paige depicts in her image are very consistent throughout and has a very realistic look. Gabriela Zardus

  4. Juliana Kraft’s image is very interesting to me because of her innovative brush technique and color palette. I find it interesting that she chose to take a realistic subject matter and approach it in a very abstract way with the large square brush strokes and pastel colors choices. I love the depth she has created within the image by working the light and shadow on the top and bottom layers. The image has a very strong presence that is magnified by the subject being completely centered and having a strong symmetrical and vertical design. I really enjoy the overall design of the image with the light hues being the main colors going off the sides. By allowing the light to go off the edges it gives the painting an even larger look that really seems to emanate off the canvas. Gabriela Zardus

  5. Comment on Coleen Tryner’s piece:

    This Impressionistic piece at first glance does not use a huge array of colors nor have great detail. It is a very simplified experience. However, the longer I looked at the piece, the more I began to actually see the subject matter in further detail. I began to see the small changes of color which created greater suggestion of detail. Then my eyes began to invent more of the scene behind the painting.
    The lower left corner looks almost water-like. When focusing on just this corner, it looks like a reflection. This corner is most reminiscent of Monet’s Water Lilies. The strokes of paint are very similar as well as the way the colors blend and overlap each other.
    The use of the more saturated red and orange in both the trees and concrete disturb my eye very slightly, but in a good way. Once I focused on them, I couldn’t stop noticing the shape they make. It almost adds another element to the piece and could give it a whole different feel if you let it.
    The decision to continue the yellow stripe slightly above where the concrete ends, I believe, was a fabulous decision. Without it the painting would seem very broken. This small decision opens up the background and connects it with the foreground. It also seems to open up new possibilities within the depth of the piece.

    Comment on Victoria Butler’s piece:

    The subject matter immediately reminded me of Van Gogh’s Trees and Undergrowth. Both pieces are still extremely different in many aspects including color, brush stroke and style. However, they both give the viewer a look into the woods while playing with depth and the suggestion of distant trees.
    One of the first things I noticed and really enjoyed about the painting was that the trees and background were simply a play of color and line.
    Something about how the leaves in the foreground are very obviously sitting on top is very beautiful especially in the bottom left hand corner. There is not much I really have to say about this other than it was something that my eye kept coming back to over and over again most likely because of how the colors so drastically play off of each other.
    This artist has a great hold of her color. The way that color from both the background and the foreground are suggested on the lit side of the trees were wonderful decisions. The horizontal brush strokes of these colors in the vertical trees also contribute to the unity throughout the piece. This evens out the composition.
    Allyson Cook

  6. I’m drawn most to Juliana’s painting of the elephant. She doesn’t actually paint a clear cut elephant, but anyone who looks at this painting, and has seen an elephant before, knows that it is a painting of an elephant. She uses lights and darks, colors, and the suggestion of line with those three elements to imply the figure of an elephant. It’s almost as if she was painting from a dream or a memory of an elephant – it’s fuzzy and not quite clear-cut… it’s almost as if the elephant is coming out of some sort of colorful abyss and the only way its presence is known is by the way the colors drape over its figure. Samantha O’Neill

  7. I really like Nicole’s painting. I like the colors she used. It gives it this mystery and mystical feeling. I can imagine a Hobbit living in there from Lord of the Rings. I get that kind of atmosphere from her painting. She also did really well on the water. The waves look great! The choppy water makes the painting also makes me think about what is going to happen next. I get this feeling like something dramatic is going to happen. So i think she did a really great job.

    For Marlena’s painting I see something totally different then what people saw during the critique. I see trees on fire. The orange is the flame of the fire and i can see smoke coming off of the trees. It also makes me think of the movie War Horse. It has this war feeling of disaster. This is what’s left after the battle is over. I like that about this painting. And I think that it is interesting that no one else said that earlier. This painting makes people think in different ways and that is really interesting. Julianna Kraft

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