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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Debbie Shirley

Boxford, MA

Debbie is an accomplished miniaturist. The detail shown in “Bountiful” certainly shows mastery of her medium. The fruit of the still life fills the small canvas, making it appear larger, and more dominating.

I find the contrasts in “Lumberman’s Lantern” far more compelling and interesting. We see a contrast in texture between the worn wood and the rusting lantern. This is only accentuated by the strong horizontal lines, which bring the eye back to the vertical elements in this composition. Even the color contrasts work to make this an interesting painting and move our eye through the painting. The warm reds of the rust draw the eye, and then contrast with the cool grays of the weathered siding.

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