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Imponderable:  a factor whose effects cannot be accurately assessed

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  1. Clever and unexpected. The predominate red is hard to ignore, and its symbolism is even harder to ignore. Very nice. Thanks. (Thanks for the nice note on my SWW Interview.)

  2. Leslie,

    What a wonderful painting. I was shocked when I saw it because I have been thinking about books and painting books for the last two days. This came out of my drawing session that used boxes. I read for two hours every morning. This is my quiet time so boxes led to stacked books. I keep looking at the painting and finding new messages. What a powerful way to present a concept! And I love, love love the color!

    Linda

    • Thank-you, Linda. This piece was from an old assignment where the instructor told us to go home and paint an object laying around our house and he would tell us what to do with it the next week. The next week, he started in on something else and we never did find out why we had to do that. I finished mine months later this way. I think I would like to paint sketches of things and just collect them for awhile. At some later date, go back and finish them off with new vision. I haven’t taken time to do that, as yet. I liked your boxes! Had to use primary color on this one due to the subject material.

  3. Nice color and collage. I am looking for those midnight ladies!

    • Thanks Nancy. Midnite ladies is coming as soon as it’s done, lol. 🙂

  4. Now I love this! More please Leslie! Oh and I can see the word ‘Faith’. It looks like it is taken from ‘Faith No More’. They use that exact font style on their logos.

    • Yeah! Thank-you so much, Heather. This is something I can’t always pull off. Absracts don’t come together as easily for me. I don’t know why that is. I think “Faith” came from the header for that particular section of our newspaper, but it could stand for “Faith No More”. Don’t you just love what images can do? Probably one of the reasons we are all so hooked! 🙂

        • heatherslalaland
        • Posted January 15, 2010 at 3:31 pm
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        Maybe it doesn’t come easily but I think you’ll do a damn sight better than I will! Lol. It’s brilliant. I have 5 collages to be handed in next week, and I’ve never done collage before. It’s going to be a challenge, but once it’s done, I’ll be starting new subjects. Can’t believe I’m 2/3 of my way through the course!

      • You will do fine. I would sound the same as you if I had to produce for course work. You will find collage very satisfying as it will fit in with your abstract skills so very well! I just sense it…..Have fun gathering all the things you are going to put in them!

        • heatherslalaland
        • Posted January 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm
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        Thank you for the vote of confidence Leslie. We’ll just have to see by the end of the weekend!

  5. What a nice surprice to see this intriguing and thought provoking mixed media piece.

    So much of life is imponderable to me. There is not enough space in this comment box to list them all.

    Right now my biggest fixation is on the devastation in Haiti and some of the HORRIBLE things being said like Pat Robertson saying that it’s because they made a pact with the devil. Or Rush Limbaugh saying that Obama came out right away saying the US would help but waited 3 days before saying anything about the underwear bomber. These people just foster evil and hate. THAT is imponderable to me.

    thank you for letting me rant a bit. And thank you for posting a piece that I’m sure will get people thinking and talking.

    • Thank-you, Carol. I wanted someone to rant a bit. That is why I didn’t describe my technique or anything on this one. It felt like an earthquake to me as I looked at it last night (with all the cracked and torn fragments of materials and everything in a jumble); and how earthquakes foster efforts and how we don’t know the full outcome of things and all sorts of stuff. You picked up on that and thank-you.

      • My exact reaction when I saw this today – it REALLY suitably illustrates the sickening Haiti disaster and all the ignorant remarks made by people so stupid you couldn’t even explain to them how stupid they are!

        Great job Leslie and a nice departure from watercolours. Collage has intrigued me for a long time, so your picture has inspired me to be brave…abstracts are also a perplexing enigma to me 😆

      • Thank-you, June. Abstracts take more planning as you go, I think. You start and what begins to appear on the paper tells you where to go next. Oftentimes, an abstract takes much longer than the representational……and sometimes it comes out looking awful! 😦 I think that is what can be so challenging about them.

  6. I love this! Thanks for posting.

    • Thank-you for coming to visit, Bree, and taking the time to comment.I am enjoying having found your blog, also. I loved the post on the olives and their uses and the accompanying painting. 🙂

  7. What a title, Leslie! Deserves a poem-or two. hmm..

    Pondering the imponderable
    no explanations available
    moon behind clouds
    darkerness lurks
    hardened hearts

    • Thank-you, Eva, for the comment and the wonderful poem! I am truly lucky today!

  8. Wow, Leslie! The comment made by Carol King, and your response, really sum up the feelings this evokes. I really like this a lot!! All thru this Haiti disaster, I keep thinking about the way we abandoned people in New Orleans. I think we all have a lot of imponderables when something like that happens.

    Great job!

    • Thank-you for your comment, Beth. You are right about New Orleans and I think this reflects that disaster, also. I believe your world in a basket covers this whole disaster,imponderable issue, also, and gives a solution to how to address these things in hopes that someday we can all bond together. Anyone wishing to see Beth’s world in a basket click on this link: http://bethparkerart.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/share-the-weight-of-the-world/

  9. A conceptual piece, Leslie! How exciting! It has interesting ideas and as well as is emotionally charged. Good for you! Excellent work!

  10. that is cool.
    Maybe even something i could try.
    thanks leslie

    • Thanks, Kokot. Yes, collage is a fun way to enhance artwork and it lends itself toward the abstract so well. Many media work well with it, also. You can even use photographs you take, Kokot!

  11. This is a surprise. I think there is an illustrator inside of you, trying to get out 🙂

    Striking and current.

    On a lighter note – have you seen ‘A Serious Man’? Well worth watching and one of the things your collage brought to mind.

    • Thank-you, Sarah. I’m hesitant to say there is an illustrator, here. I struggle. I would love to be able to just let myself go completely and may have to at some point or another. Blind line is the only area where that completely happens for me. I have tried that exercise where you just start making marks on your paper until you begin to see something appear. It is great fun. I certainly vascillate, but attribute it more to being like an explorer.
      I looked at the trailer for “A Serious Man” and it looks funny. I’ll have to see if I can rent it. Thank-you.

  12. “Severely beaten in home” – I hope you were talking about a card game. Like the mixture of bright colors!

    • I firmly believe that art is whatever the viewer believes it is. Thank-you for your comment, Bill, and I’m laughing all the way back to my card game. 🙂

  13. This is a very complex painting, very nice indeed. I like the effect of abstract reflection under the book.I’m curios,how did you do the letters on the painting?

    • Thank-you for the comment, Francis. First I painted the book. The letters on the book were painted on except for “can you help?” on the front of it. All other letters were cut out of a newspaper and glued on with acrylic matte medium. There are also rice papers affixed to the surface, torn in different shapes. While I am working that, I am painting so that the dampness of the glue and water cause the pigment to spread.

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  15. Leslie, I’m just seeing this collage – what a powerful and evocative image you’ve created – at first glance my reaction was “oh, cool, books..” and then I looked closer and saw the words and began to feel the depth of emotion in your collage. Thank you for sharing it.

    Jackie

    • Hi Jackie! Thank-you for your comment! I struggle doing anything abstract. That is why I visit your site and see what you are doing here: http://swiftriverarts.wordpress.com/
      I decided to finish off the study of the book with some things that I felt can’t be accurately assessed.

  16. Woow.This is great one,Leslie.
    10X for share it with us.
    You are a generous person 🙂

    Take care!

    • Thanks Alina! I like that 10x’s! Will be over to see what you have found to share with us, shortly!

  17. This is really beautiful and inspiring. I love that your website is out there. Thank you for all of your support!

    • Thank-you, Tacy. I just read your story and I want to know more. You write so well!

  18. Wow! Thank you! I’ll go write more right now. Hasta la Vista! (P.S. You are GREAT writer yourself!)


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