Fire Behavior

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This painting was done during a workshop given by Ruthie V. of the Seattle Artist League. We were working on how to make a brushstroke using different kinds of brushes; I found one I liked and repeated it.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

April 04, 2022

Told in enigmatic washes of oil paint, Judith Skillman’s Fire Behavior is a painting that demands yet defies description. I have an affinity for fire in the artistic sense (I am not an arsonist!) because it is possibly the most abstract of natural forms, and it exists in a middle ground between human-made and naturally occurring. Fire has always been with us, but our ability to control it is perhaps the most critical milestone in humanities’ advancement. Oddly it is not represented in the art to the degree one would expect from such a fundamental element. I believe the lack of fire in art (with the possible exception of figurative painting) is that it is so abstract, fluid, and impressive that any attempt at representation would pale in comparison. Skillman has not only embraced this challenging subject but done so eloquently and masterfully.

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Judith Skillman
Judith Skillman Creator

April 05, 2022

Thanks, John! This is an older work, done before the pandemic. I appreciate your critique--especially love 'enigmatic washes of oil paint' as that is what I am striving for (and what seems harder to get) currently...

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Judith Skillman
Abstract, Abstract Expressionism
Painting - Framed
Oil, Canvas
14.00 inches wide
11.00 inches tall
1.00 inches deep
2.00 lbs
Hazelwood, WA, US