In The Night



This is a four foot tall canvas.  I have been waiting for the chance to work on something this size for a while.  I knew what I wanted to do with this piece as soon as I stretched my arms over the canvas to carry it inside.  All I wanted was emote how I was feeling.

I wanted it to look like – how I felt.  This is dead on.

I am so pleased with this piece.  It encapsulates my very thought-life with the color and shapes/abstractions.

What’s involved: Acryllic paint, candle wax and ink.

What are your impressions?  Criticism is always helpful.

5 thoughts on “In The Night

  1. Justus Green says:

    Wow, this piece is amazing. I don’t have the artsy words to leave you a proper comment, but it is a truly amazing piece. The use of the colors and the stream of tears, it’s beautiful. Keep up the good work.

  2. This has so much energy and emotion in it! For me it’s kind of like crawling out of a dark place for just enough time to see the light before returning to the cave… Artistically it’s very pleasing to the eyes. The red and yellow are a good contrast, but fit well together, and the black draws the eyes toward the endless depths and feelings.

    It’s really neat seeing your artwork Prestin! I’m looking forward to seeing more… Keep it up!

    Sam Scarpelli

    P.S. It was nice seeing you today. Happy holidays! I know your dad appreciated it more than he could convey…

  3. Greetings, Prestin. Was a pleasure to meet you last Saturday evening at Emmanuel. Do not lose aesthetic passion; struggle always with the artist’s discipline.
    Now some initial thoughts on your work, specifically “In The Night.”

    Proviso: Acrylic? Water colors? As always, on an LCD monitor (even a good Samsung) true (SWAP standard output) colors, textures, depth, as well as size, are so often a long shot from the actual work of art, critiquing it is tentative; one is critiquing the digital image version, clearly not the actual work. Also, I am more versed in the literary arts than the visual arts, and my background is in teaching philosophy of art and art criticism generally.

    Ok, having said that, here are some thoughts: a first impression is, you have captured/expressed a range of emotions well. The watercolor-looking red flows down upon the person (with the vivid sparkling tear), as if the emotions (depicted by red) are larger than the person having them, as if they are bombarded with huge, out-of-control events which then generate a response of dire, bloodshot tiredness, feelings of being overwhelmed by life’s chaos, which feelings spill out of the person (symbolized by the ink black) in angst and helplessness. Only one tear, gives the feeling of “this is not enough”–there really should be weeping, a cleansing flood of tears, but feelings too pent up manifest physically in only one tear. Very sad.

    Conclusion: Often art of this sort, whether visual arts or literary arts, works similar to personal journaling. Many fine poets, for example, have some of their work that qualifies more as very internal musings personal examination, whereas other pieces of their work are more publicly accessible and possesses aesthetic properties of a more universally communicable nature. For all of us artists, there is a wonderful saying: my art is also my therapy. Not many professions can make this claim. From this one piece, I see a wildness in your work which will mature over the course of your life and the ever-widening scope of your body of work. Very exciting.

    May the God of serious art protect you from the aesthetic void. PS. I’ll peruse your other pieces and drop a few more comments as time allows. Shalom. K.D.Kragen

  4. Andrew Sirotnik says:

    A very nice piece. Totally agree with the other post about its energy. Saw your work at Caffe Ladro and liked it all.

  5. Katrina says:

    No. 1

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