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Tumult by seneschal Tumult by seneschal
This is about four and a half feet long, and it's finally done.

Garbage in, garbage out.
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When looking at this piece the viewer can recognize what is present without any emphasis being placed on a particular object. While many of these objects have been abstracted the artist encourages the viewer to implement their own details from memory. This technique encourages the viewer to experience this piece in a largely subjective manner. This then results in a unique experience for every individual looking at this work.
The lighting in this piece seems to also play a significant role by directing the viewer's eye to certain key objects. The movement created by the light further aids a viewer's interaction with the piece.
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Reioa-DeFoe Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Is there any reason why it looks like there's orange dripping down the left side? maybe I'm just tired and not seeing the big picture, but my eyes are drawn to the right side, especially the traffic cone. I like the use of orange and the shadowy section on the bottom left.
seneschal Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
There's orange dripping down the left side, yep. Most of it was covered up by subsequent layers of paint but I decided to leave some of it showing to bring an awareness of surface to the painting.
A-Bontrager Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010   Traditional Artist
I think you could push the lighting even more to differentiate between the back, middle, and fore-ground. I'm really drawn to the left-middle area; those orange drips are great. Areas of the piece look unfinished, especially in the upper left regions. Don't over do it though, its getting to a point where too much more will make it feel overworked.
seneschal Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
I've been trying to minimize the perception of a foreground over a middleground or background so that these paintings will finally start to feel like something dissimilar to a landscape. The darker half doesn't photograph well at all, but to be perfectly honest, corners in my compositions scare the hell out of me. A wash of Galkyd in some dark tint may solve the problem without overworking the image so I'll pull it out and stare at it a bunch and see if something happens.
asunnyspirit Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I like this painting. One thing i find interesting is that the lighting makes it feel almost like the image is broken up into 2 movements- or pieces.
Am i sensing some kind of narrative here or was that just done purely for design?
seneschal Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
I was really interested in doing a composition that featured a split in lighting aspects- cool shadows and bright highlights on one side, warm shadows and mild lights on the other. I also wanted to prove that I could make up a painting from scratch on this scale and conquer the problems I have with making up objects and giving them a realistic rendering.
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Submitted on
February 27, 2010
Image Size
206 KB


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Camera Data

Shutter Speed
10/5000 second
Focal Length
55 mm
Date Taken
Feb 5, 2010, 3:57:05 PM