Swan Tide (40.5 x 29.5 cm)

This painting of a goose is very pleasing to the viewer’s eye. The artist has used repetition of smooth line to enhance the viewing experience.

The wavy lined section in the top half of the painting is formed by repeating smooth, long, uninterrupted brush strokes loaded with different coloured paint. The curved line of the goose’s neck is also repeated in the second white shape in the background. 

The orange-red colour is bright, and gives energy to the painting. It is complemented by green-yellow colours in the foreground that may represent grass or water. The artist created visual depth by placing darker coloured layers between the brighter coloured layers of the ‘waves’. This also helps highlight the transparent colours of the goose.

The artist may have been influenced by the post-Impressionist artist, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) and Expressionist artist, Edvard Munch (1863-1944) when he created this painting, as he has placed dots of white paint on the canvas, and used free flowing brush strokes. Perhaps the reddish coloured background in this painting represents a sunset, and the white dots represent stars. The dots allow the viewer’s eye to travel around the canvas and study the internal elements.

Contoured lines are usually used when emotions need expressing.

Acrylic on canvas, date unknown.

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