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Fortune Teller Painting - Fortune Sellers by Paul Hilario

Fortune Sellers is a painting by Paul Hilario which was uploaded on August 29th, 2013.

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Nice piece, Paul, and again you win my applause. As always, your handling of crisp, dry color with a tinge of magic realist eeriness is superb. I am reminded of some kind of back-tent carnival here, but am not disappointed in the fact that I can't seem to unravel all the mysteries that are presented. The display of dry direct color, tight composition, and clean organization of parts, combined with psychological uncertainty, flirts with carnival unrest rather than fun and games. To have finished up with a "laugh-and-games" conclusion without the presence of underlying trauma would have cheapened the outcome. Good that you avoided such a pitfall and allowed the devil to permeate through atmosphere. Great job!

Paul Hilario replied:

Hi Ken. Again, thank you for your insightful and appreciative comment on my work. I consider it an honor for somebody to scrutinize what I do - especially the not so popular themes that I explore. The message is clear in my mind but many have described my works not so easy to fathom. But that is alright. Each one may and can make their personal interpretations anyway. I explained my personal interpretation in the description area on the right. That I do for people who are curious to know my thoughts. With regards to technique and viewed up close, the paintings I make has a sheen to the shadows in contrast to the rather matte dry overpaint colors. It is a nice effect, I think. My underpaintings were constructed by glazing and you can see all of these in the shadows that have multitudinous colors - mostly blue & red, some violet, green, orange, and minimal yellows. Lastly, I use a stiff brush sideways most of the time so I catch the 'hills' of the canvas surface so that the colors underneath can still peak thru. Again. thank you for your comment