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Portico Painting - Portico by Helene Henderson

Portico is a painting by Helene Henderson which was uploaded on July 26th, 2011.

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I wonder where most of the red went. You know, Helene, I think that you are terrifically good at creating the most-minimalistic (is that possible?) humans! Just SO much in every spec of color. The collumns contain so much more paint but usually have features that do not make be think of humans. I wonder if avoiding that is difficult. A lot about this seems weird and peculiar to me; but looking closely I find more and more of my special interests. In totality it appears to me as a sort of unprofessional floating Stone Henge. Or do you remember (that is, did your graduate school MAKE you read all of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS? And there's the one about the floating country inhabited only by baserk theoretical scientists (really, it's difficult to realize that Swift didn't live and write after the creation of the Pentagon, CIA, etc.). Anyway, I juust love, and try for the same effect often, where you lay down a heavy coat of tube-only primary color, probably with a pallet knife, as with the yellow above. When that's dry you go around, definitely with the knife, and some other color in a manner apparently haphazard and frenzied, as with the white on the yellow here. I think an unexpected, and unique, and a forced lively eye-dancing results. Such a section can involve a person's eyes for a long time without endangering sanity and most of all discouraging thoughts, words, cares. The cost of a good and large as affordable copy of this might well prevent or repair lots of uncontrollable discomfort of mind far more cheaply than drugs orand psychology workers. I'm also eager to get a copy of this one myself to experiment with different sides up (or down). So, I want to point out as I leave here for a moment: On first sight, I thought this was one of the ugliest, most childish paintings I had ever seen. Giving it some time and attention has caused (and I suspect long will continue to cause), enormous interest, enjoyment, educational thought, and provoked my imagination in several ways. Helene, I appreciate and commend you for, inexpressibly making me a better person with this painting -- an accomplishment few have tried and those I have usually managed to fend off. Thank you, and should we ever meet, I will curse myself that I have not a hat to tip. Peace, etc., Bruce

Helene Henderson replied:

No, I haven't read all of Gulliver's Travels. I'll put it on my list. Thank you for your words of encouragement, Bruce. And, by the way, you don't need a hat. A handshake would be good.