Neon Figure Drawing
Pastel on Paper
© 1999, Jeff Thomann
When I was at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, I saw Dennis Blagg’s Passover.
I love this painting, and think that Dennis has a color palette that is similar to the color palette that I try to go after with my own works. The darkened purplish sky in the horizon sitting right next to the yellow wheat in the foreground that breaks up the landscape is an intense visual image that is hard to forget, not that anyone would ever want to forget it. It burns an amazing sensual one-ness with nature in to the viewer’s brain. It is not just a landscape, but a landscape that you feel as if you are a part of. There is a harmonic balance between the hills on the right and the weat on the left. There is a lot of invisible triangular compositional balance going on, but that intense splash of yellow on top of a darkened sky is something that can truly be called beautiful.
I have seen prints of this work before and loved the piece at that time, but it is far more amazing to view in person!