Poppies against the crash barrier

Acrylic and oil pastel 9"x8"

What we call a crash barrier I think Americans call the Armco? Anyway, this was derived from a photo taken not far from where I live nearly a year ago. I liked the juxtaposition of the delicate brilliant flowers against the rough, unyielding functionality of the metal barrier, and framed with the bare branches of a small bush. However, although I know that, the un-knowing viewer does not. And unfortunately the overall impression is a sort of stained-glass effect with poppies set against a background of fields and a beach!

Putting aside the unintended consequence, it highlights for me how perception is guided by prior experience and how important it is, when abstracting, to understand how the viewer will use his/her experience to interpret the image into a recognisableor familiar form. Is the overall image pleasing though? I’m not sure.


~ by noelgarner on April 13, 2010.

One Response to “Poppies against the crash barrier”

  1. Yes! It is pleasing. Bold, colourful, unique! 🙂

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