Noel E. Cole
watercolor, gouache, alcohol inks on Yupo paper
20″ x 26″
Noel Cole Art
“My students and I titled this piece Land Reef because at first glance, someone claimed that it looked botanical, like a reef in the ocean. Another disagreed, because of the brown leaf, and what looks like evidence of man and his tread marks, therefore it must pertain to land.
I have been teaching high school art for 34 years. I created Land Reef when I discovered Yupo Paper and demonstrated its unique properties to my students. I applied and lifted paint, stamped, and used various other printing techniques. I used several types of paint media: watercolor, tempera, alcohol inks. I also used metallic powders and Copic markers.
I enjoyed working on this until I became stuck. I knew it needed something else, so I left it alone and put it away for a while. That was two years ago. I live and teach in a rural area where campus art classes would require a four hour round trip, so access to professional advice looked rather dim until I discovered your Crit Quickies!”
“The first thing I noticed about this piece is how wonderfully you combine textures and shapes to create an incredibly dynamic image. I love how some forms are strictly geometric while others have more of an organic shape to them, making me wonder what this piece is really about.
There are some areas where this very deep blue rectangle form kind of slashes across the page, and other parts with the same form has kind of an organic leaf like figure within it. This contrast make me think of nature versus the built world, or organic versus man made, which is really interesting.
I’d be careful when layering colors, because I’m seeing that the richness of some of the colors you have gets lost when they’re being combined, and forming sort of a brownish overtone. I also find that my eye immediately falls upon the center of the image because of how dominant and dynamic that area is, and I skip across places like the edges because of their lack of the same components.
So I’d love to see you break apart this concentrated mass in the center and adjust the composition so that the viewer’s eye travels across the page more.”