5/16/09

whats your opinion?


I'm stuck and I can't stand it anymore. Meaning, I've been looking at this mock put together for MONTHS and it's gonna either get made or not. This is just two photos, the one in the middle I would float mount 1 or 2 inches onto the larger one. The larger photo is a bit blurry so the front one pops out more. I like the concept. I like it but I'm not sure about it and I'm wanting some feedback. I don't normally do this but I've been looking at this for so long I don't even know anymore.

It's different than my other mixed media photo pieces, as I wouldn't do anything else to it. No baubles. No border....just a simple double photo, both are already laminated onto the quarter inch MDF board, both have a beveled black frame which you can't really see too well in this picture. It's simple. It's also kinda of floral or chaotic....I can see it in a certain kind of home but not sure that kind of buyer would EVER find me. What do you think? thumbs up or thumbs down?

I've used this photo before, you can see it here.

17 comments:

self taught artist said...

one private email voted for a thumbs up

AnitaNH said...

It's your profile photo! I give this one a thumbs way up. I like the way your eye kind of spirals around counter-clockwise from the top left corner to land near that yin-yang area on the smaller photo where the two contrasting dots are. . . should sell great in Jersey!

self taught artist said...

yes it is my profile picture :) thanks for the feedback anita!! never thought of that, i could always have a jersey barrier show no holds bar in nj.

Tod said...

I could see this as one corner of a very large assemblage (towards the outside if it were a circular piece). I imagine it would heighten the magnifying glass effect by discovering it as part of a bigger visual field of activity - like a visually rich website.

Angela Recada said...

Hey Paula! For what it's worth, I've always really liked the deep, rich red of this piece. I could see it in a corporate setting. Maybe you could contact some interior designers or architects who work with corporate clients. They often recommend and place art with their clients. Just a thought. . .I could see your clocks in these setting, too.

self taught artist said...

hey tod that went way over my head....that sounds impossibly fantastic. and angela...i have tried to go the designer route and obviously it hasn't gone well. they liked the clocks but wanted everything for dirt cheap and of course dont care about limited edition pieces. i've also emailed and tried to contact some designers in the new england area....nada. seems like if you dont know someone you have to be a superhuman to find an 'in', hell even if you do know someone its a game that i haven't learned to play.

Margaret Ryall said...

Thumbs up from me. I love the colour scheme especially the pops of blue and the change is scale both in the dimension of each piece and the more close up view in the smaller piece. I'm a sucker for any kind of texture and layering.

self taught artist said...

thanks margaret!another thumbs up....i dont know why i'm surprised you guys are liking this. (watch the galleries will HATE IT)what does anyone know eh?

Jean Baardsen said...

Hi Paula,

I'm new to following your blog, and I love your work! I took your photo and put it in photoshop to play with it, and changed the orientation. I made the whole piece "landscape" instead of "portrait," with the heaviest red area at the bottom. Then I separated out the inner pannel and laid the little guy on his back. That made a large red area - the little guy's bottom - merge with a large red area on the back panel. I think maybe the figure was drawing too much of the attention, and he needed to blend in more. Don't know how to attach a picture here, so I'll look for your e-mail and try to send it as an attachment. Not sure how well I explain things!!!
Jean

Jean Baardsen said...

I sent the jpeg. I would definitely give this piece a thumbs-up too. I was just trying to put my finger on what might have been bothering you about it. Hope you don't mind that I played with it. I'm a Photoshop addict....

Karen said...

thumbs up.
For some reason I want to see this against a black border. Or a black frame even though I dont really think a frame would work with the floating part. Must be the quilt aspect for me, giving everything a binding or a border. But I do love the floating idea! And the landscape configuratio works well too.

self taught artist said...

Jean, I was flattered that you took the time to photoshop different possibilities, i think two things bug me, one is i'm not used to NOT having my baubles decorate a photo piece and, i really like the smaller photo, the larger one is iffy and wondering if i could make better use of just the small photo.
thanks karen...yeah i've tried things and its a little much. who knows, more limbo? :-O

StellaD said...

Thumbs up! I love the frameless floating concept and the way the colors draw the eye throughout. This is eye-candy. Advice? Don't overthink or second guess yourself. Let it simply Be. My prob, too, as I am so detail oriented when I paint! Still uncertain? Set it aside again for awhile. Love to see this one in an office, too.

Karen said...

you know, I kept coming back to look again and forget the border frame thing, This is really powerful all on its own. Hanging with lighting to bring out the floating piece is all it needs.It is just perfect as is. Any time an artwork gives something new at each viewing is testament to its power and beauty.

self taught artist said...

thanks you guys, this was helpful, i see it works and i don't feel afraid to do it, but i also see i could do something more if i wanted. the main thing was putting one atop the other...was it okay ~ the input put it in check and i appreciate it!

Seth said...

Hands down a thumbs up!

self taught artist said...

you almost got me seth, :)