Painting as an Act of Independence

'Untitled' 14"x18" Acrylic on Canvas
‘Untitled’ 14″x18″ Acrylic on Canvas

Paul North Waters linked elements in this painting to Delacroix’s, Liberty Leading the People:

“Reminds me of the French Revolution!  There’s even the French flag (albeit colors reversed) in your painting!”

I consider my painting, “An Act of Independence!”

I Love Delacroix… I think we share strong emotions and freedom of expression. I have been tortured in my approach to this canvas, and surprised to see much gray tonality show up, but it’s balancing the brighter hues.

The composition has gone through so many changes since a dream I had months ago initiated this work.  Breathing in angst.

Dream recorded while 'sleeping'
Dream recorded while ‘sleeping’

Vic Vollrath wrote:

“Beautiful piece Nicole! Three words – life, order, chaos. One can see these three words in any order referenced by your painting. One can see order in what might at first appear to be chaos and within that order is life emerging. Or, as order disintegrates into chaos, life is extinguished. The viewpoint is dependent upon the optimism or pessimism of the individual.”

My thanks to both Friends for their interest and response to my work… it’s very much appreciated.

©2015 Nicole Rigets