Procession

Review of “Procession” and Robert’s solo show “Quench” at the Grosse Pointe Art Center (1-13-22 to 3-26-22) (GP War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Blvd), by Donald Cronkhite

Robert’s overall #painting #style is based on #allaprima, in which #paint is applied #wetonwet, rather than waiting for previous #layers to #dry. This #representative style of painting allows him to paint at a faster pace, usually in one #sitting, while still retaining the #modeling and #appearance of his #figures through the #juxtaposition of #color #values, color #intensity, and the use of #light. Notice in this example, the #rich #cool colors in the #background #complement the #warm #pinks worn by the figure in the foreground.
Robert #expresses #mood through the suggestion of #details in some places, while leaving out those that are unnecessary and direct the #eye throughout the #composition. This #device is also used to convey #depth, as the details in the foreground are much #sharper and more #colorful than the suggested #buildings on the #shoreline across the #water. Another #tool for #moving the eye is directional brushstrokes. In #Procession, we see the brush strokes of the #clothing and the water all #leading to the #central figure, also indicative of #movement and #wind.
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