Colorado Art; Living there for a couple of years allowed me opportunity to include a wonderful organic subject and art medium.
THE UNICORN AND PURA VEDA
DRAGONS, FAIRES AND MEN
SOLD COLORADO ART
FORMING CHAOS: A REPORT
Inspired from Milton's Paradise Lost. It is the forming of the Spirit of Chaos into a more beautiful creation. Notice there are three spectacular "suns". They are connected by energy depicted here as rays of light. This is the Triune of God...Father, Son, Holy Ghost.
Acrylic on Steel with Mixed Medium 48"h x 60"w x 4.5"d
Forming Chaos: A Report Britni Combahee UGA 2014
The work of art "Forming Chaos" by Maggie Mize is acrylic on rolled steel. The painting is 48" tall, 60" long, 4.5"deep and weighs 60 pounds. This work of art portrays a deep message and includes many different elements and principles of art. The steel is rolled giving the painting depth and movement. There are very dramatic lines starting in the left corner of the painting and going down the left side all the way to the bottom. Next to the lines at the left corner of the painting towards the center is a large gold circle with dramatic brush strokes of white and gold pulling lines from the middle. The lines are all the way around the circle and extend a few inches out all around. In the right corner of the painting there are more dramatic lines going down the right side to the bottom. At the edge of the right side near the right corner is a small gold circle with dramatic white and gold lines coming from the center. In the center of the painting is a black line that has a bronze sparkling glaze on top that goes across the center of the painting. The line is thick at the right and left edges and is thin in the middle. When different lights hit this line it appears to be different colors. In bright lights it is gold and in dimmer lights it appears dark gray. Above this line there are varying hues of red, purple, and blue. Below the thick part of the line on the right side of the painting on the left side of the line is another small gold circle with dramatic white and gold lines coming out from the center. Then from the bottom of the black line down there are different hues of blue and red. Around the black line there are lighter colors and closer to the top and bottom the colors are of darker hues.
Within this painting, there are many different elements and principles. The painting is asymmetrical with balance throughout the colors, shapes, and lines. There is a great amount of directional force from each circle to the next. With the lines coming from the center of each circle a triangle is made between them. There is a mixture of warm and cool colors that blend together. With the purple between the red and blue there is unity in the forming of the colors. The two small circles on the right side of the painting balance the large circle on the left side. The lines on the right and left sides create a nice rhythm that leads the eye up and down the painting. The rolled steel gives the painting form so that from different points of views the painting appears differently in the light.
This painting was made for the viewer and personal expression. It portrays God's grace in taking something chaotic and forming it into something that is beautiful and has meaning. The idea came from the book Paradise Lost by John Milton. The book is based on the fall of Satan from Heaven. This particular work of art portrays the part of the book where Satan is talking to Chaos and Darkness and they are angry about God entering their territory and creating the earth and light. Maggie Mize was called to paint and therefore in all of her works she expresses great spiritual and moral values. Most of her paintings are based on something biblical and have a great story that goes with them. She said while doing this painting she "had a vision and painted it onto her metal canvas". Maggie's son writes a poem that goes with each painting and he even helped her with this piece of art. When I look at this piece of art I think of something heavenly. Only in a different universe would three suns be present. These suns are very warm and liquid-like, which makes me think of a rich and creamy sky. I see a sunset and a sunrise in this painting. There are many different ways I could interpret this piece of art without knowing the meaning that the artist was trying to portray.
"Forming Chaos" was done very well. I can tell that the artist really put herself into the art. She gave thought to the elements and principles of the art in order to portray her message in a pleasing manner. I espeicaly liked all the lines that were in this work. My eyes move in a nice way around the entire painting and the colors used make me feel good. Maggie Mize expresses her message in a way that other people can get their own meaning out of it and relate to it in their own way.