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Well, as always you cause me to think unconventionally in order to critique your... that's a special trait you possess as an artist.
As for the piece... "Escape"; I love the colors, the dark green and blues, and dark reds surrounding the face which would speak to her subjection to an atmosphere of envy, greed, sadness and rage (hence the significance of color). I see small bent lines going left under a brighter array of colors on the top left corner of the canvas; they resemble electric shocks which come across to me like firing neurons and impulses which would perfectly explain her expression (beautifully portrayed by the way <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt="" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="390" title=" (Smile)"/>). Her sight set to towards a possible prospect of freedom, masked by a facade to dissuade unlookers from her inner exhilaration, coupled with a fiery determination to be free from bondage.
The bright array of color in the top left hand corner would be the idea she has conceived. Gr8 work <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="37" height="25" alt="" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="600" title=""/>
This piece caught my eye. Emotion is clearly expressed. The subject is looking at something unknown in the horizon, I presume in contemplation of the escape or perhaps this is the expression after the ordeal escaped from. The subject is being engulfed by darkness. It outlines the face and then covers part. The eyes are dark pools, the shaded brows make the subject appear haunted. To the left are what appear to be delicate tree branches, a lot of white space, and brighter colors, but not cheerful tones.
I am left feeling that the subject still has a long way to go before truly escaping. In fact, escape in this case is only partial. There is no real escape from that level of darkness.
I think this piece can also be interpreted as the subject needing to turn left in order to dash off after a final contemplation.
Either way it is very striking and the figure speaks emotional volumes. I think this figure is androgynous.
In my opinion, the dark tones make the image in some kind sad. They create a dark, sad and deep atmosphere where you sink in. It creates a feeling of beeing a prisoner of these colors. These black, green and violet tones in the bottom right corner are looking a little bit like smoke of a fire, in which the woman/girl is caught.
At the opposite, the light blue, red and orange on the left side make a huge contrast. They give it a feeling of hope, hope to escape. These colors, which you can find in her face in some small points and very aqueous reflect her own hope to escape, whereas the dark colors around her eyes and mouth reflect the sad feelings, the hopeless part of her, captured by something.
Her hair, which is falling to the left side, to the hopeful colors make the viewer look at these colors, show him, that there is a way out of this dark. The same effect have all the lines, which are going out of the dark smoke, getting more aqueous and bright and lead the watcher to these colors.
All the colors lead the viewer to the left side, while her eyes lead him to the upper right corner. This difference shows the viewer on the one hand the way of the smoke, behind her, on the other hand the way of her escape, out of this smoke, these negative things.
On the whole you can say that through the colors and the alignment the picture creates a feeling of hope in the darkest parts of a life, a feeling of breaking out of the smoke, the dark and sad.