Friday, October 20, 2006

Gate 15

Here's the finish. I am very happy with this one; it's my favorite kind of subject matter. I also wanted to make a more "finished" painting than usual and see if I could push myself.

9 comments:

william wray said...

Leslie,

This is a daring subject, well painted, it takes courage to do the ones that are hard to see what they are. At first glance I thought I was in a doctors office or something, it come together for me after a beat, but I would suggest you have something instantly recognizable for scale reference, A person, or a baggage handling cart, some texture/ elements on the ground that really feels like "runway." It's to late now, but a slightly wider shot giving us more context would have helped too.

Leslie Sealey said...
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Leslie Sealey said...

Hmmm...I can see that getting a sense of scale might be difficult here, and I agree with that. As far as a wider shot-I think that would be getting away from my purpose. I don't want you to recognize what you're seeing at first!
: )
I'm thinking purely in terms of an intersting arrangement of shapes, of the design. The location is secondary, IMO.

craigstephens said...

I like this! I think it functions well as a semi abstract arrangement of shapes. The finished version is much more recognizable and I loved that moment when it clicked into context!
How big is it?

Leslie Sealey said...

Thanks Craig! This one is a 16x20.

June Parrish Cookson said...

Hi Leslie,
I like this piece and the surprise received once I figured out what the subject was really about. Mysterious. Especially love the colors.

Leslie Sealey said...

I appreciate your comments, June. I don't just see an airport gate, I see all kinds of repeating shapes and patterns. The painting should stand on its own in terms of composition, color,etc. whether or not anyone recognizes what it is. The bonus or icing on the cake is the "aha" moment people experience when they recognize what they're looking at. My hope is that I help people to see ordinary things in a new way. : )

Karen Sempsrott said...

Hi Leslie,

I agree with what you said in your last comment...

The bonus or icing on the cake is the "aha" moment people experience when they recognize what they're looking at.

...That's the way it was for me. Nice painting!

Leslie Sealey said...

Thanks Karen!