November 18, 2011

First Showing

I usually don't do this...put pictures of my newest canvases out there for public crit. Yet...it's time to do this sort of thing....

I'm not even sure they're "finished"...yet I think they are. I haven't given them titles or even put the final protective coat on them. It's like I want to see if they make it through the night...

If you would...take a look at these...and let me know what you think. Are they "done"...or do they need more? More of what? Less of something else??

Each of these works are 9x12 inches, done on stretch canvas. Mixed media works...but mostly acrylic...

Thanks for taking a look...even more thanks if you take time to crit....

Painting #1, David Hayes, 2011

Painting #2, David Hayes, 2011

Painting #3, David Hayes, 2011

Painting #4, David Hayes, 2011





9 comments:

MrCachet said...

The first? Not so much. The Oriental theme and the bottom one are great, Dave. I especially like the second - did you make the chop yourself or have it made? I've made a couple for myself with whitte rubber erasers and an eXacto blade.

Bill said...

Everyone will have a different opinion. I don't believe in critiques. A viewer's personal taste does not make anyone's work less valid. The value is in the creating. Having said that, I really like the first and second.

Aubrey Studebaker said...

Wow -thanks for sharing these! I can see that they are brave/experimental for you and understand what you're going through in putting them out there. The first is definitely my favorite. Love the textures and color combo. -Can't wait to see what evolves next!

misterspells said...

These are all wonderfully adventurous and well-realized, Dave. The first one appealed to me instantly. The layering, the smeared and slightly muted colors and the scrap of text evoke for me the passage of time and the beauty of discarded things. There's something mysteriously 3-dimensional about the second one, despite it being such a flat surface. Some of the calligraphic lines remind me of shadows in late afternoon sunlight. I like your restrained balance of the mint green with the red signature stamp. The lively textures and oceanic colors in #3 play well against the jagged black seam down the center. In #4 I love the interplay between the house in the 35mm slide and the indigo and blonde bands, which could be clapboards or floorboards. "View From Other Side" playfully questions our point of view as well. The other side of the frame? Another side of time? There's a strong sense of nature and its processes in all of these, at least for me. Inspiring work! Bravo!

amyd said...

I like the first one the most - the rectangle under the texture gives it movement. Like the last one as well - but wish I could see it in person because I'm guessing that some of the detail is lost in the photo...putting stuff out there for others can be scary - but confidence building too- I applaud you!

Seth said...

I also applaud you for not only posting these but taking a risk by asking for critique and feedback. Clap. Clap. Clap. The first three are my favorites and I think they are really sensational. Although they are somewhat different in style and design, there is a similar feel to them and they really do suggest a signature style. There is texture and bold use of color and strong contrast in hue. The fourth piece is also good but feels somehow unfinished to me. Maybe the main image can be more integrated into the background? Just my opinion of course.

M said...

I really like all of the them, but the one that made me really draw in my breath and say "Ahhh!" was number 3. My favorite color is turquoise, so number 3 really took my breath away because the colors are so vibrant and exciting. In the last painting, I don't know what you used to frame the photo and lable beneath, but I really like it. It looks like old worn out masking tape. I think it adds a lot of interest to the piece.
I'm glad I found you on Bill's blog! I perked up and took notice when you mentioned jazz. I listen to a phenomenal jazz show on Tues. nights 7-9PM, PST on KHUM.com. It's called "The Jazz Underground" and I love to listen to it and paint. That's when I am at my happiest. I thought you might want to check it out sometime.

jen said...

Dave, these are great! I don't have any sort of art background except to know what I like, so i'll just say that #3 was my absolute fave of the 4. The last one looks like a book cover. And I usually choose my books by the cover art, I'm not gonna lie!
great work, and thanks for letting us take a peek at what you're up to!

jaeartworks said...

Thanks for giving the size. I always want to know the scale when I look at a piece. The first one is my favorite. The only one that might seem unfinished to me is 4. Looks a little like a frame around the center image. Maybe that's what you wanted though. Thanks for sharing!