Named and Defined, or Maybe Not

Two paintings from a few months ago. Each one is 18″ x 18″ and done in acrylics on board.

The one named “Bookend” is so called because I think of commuting to and from work as the bookends for the volumes of things that go in in the workday.

“Temptation” got its name from the apples on the table, but maybe there is more to the story than that – I just don’t know.


10 thoughts on “Named and Defined, or Maybe Not

  1. Laura (PA Pict)

    I love the range of blues and the strong vertical lines in Bookends. Temptation is glorious. I love the way the red apples seem to glow in the centre of the painting.

  2. Sharon Mann

    Both tell a unique story for each viewer. I love the crowd below the train. Maybe they are on a walking tour of the city and got lost. And, I especially like the large bowl and fruit. The people look a litle bewildered by them. Your art always brings much to think about Claudia.

  3. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you! I don’t do awards, but I will post a thank you on my blog. You know, I go to a lot of libraries in my daily travels – if you are ever interested, you might look at my blog Sometimes You Get So Confused – – and if you search under the term library, I’ve written a lot of posts, mostly as part of project I did in winter 2014-2015 – the Sunshine Project. I left a lot of sunshines in local libraries.

    You have lived an interesting life so far and it sounds like more to come. I look forward to more on your blog!

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you, I love hearing how you see these paintings. I commuted by train for lots of years and so the sight of people around the stations fascinates me just for the reason you said – what are they doing? Where are they going (if they even know, I’ve given an awful lot of directions over the years…). And I felt the same way about the apple people – they seemed to be having a discussion about some problem or question they have and the apples may or may not be helping…???

  5. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you, I spent some time on those little guys, getting a good color of red. They have several layers of different colors piled on top of each other. I do find one or two levels is just not enough depth for me.

  6. Claudia McGill Post author

    Thank you! I think as time passes I enjoy more and more trying to get the colors to work off each other and intensify the effect. I am not a pale-color or subtle person, and I’ve stopped fighting it!

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