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The first piece I selected is a representational oil painting by Morris Bear Squire It is titled Buddha One In this piece Squire first sketched the subject onto wood then used oil paint gold and silver leaf mother of pearl and crushed egg shells to accent the painting He then went over the image several times with lacquer It is about 24 inches tall by 36 inches wide I found the painting along with many other original works by Squire at httpwwwmbsartcomgalleryvietnamhtmlbuddha1html The painting is two-dimensional but shows mass by showing roundness and a light source It looks as if there is a light shining on the gold face from the upper right He uses the effect of chiaroscuro to show shadows on the face There is also an illusion of depth caused by the black background The most effective element he uses however is color The color of gold is so magnificent not only because of the lacquer but also because it is actual gold leaf The colors of the eyes and of the background give very good contrast to the piece Buddha One is symmetrically balanced showing evenness on both sides of the golden face There is a focal within both of the eyes It looks as though clouds were painted in the blue eyes that stand out from the golden face and the black background As mentioned before there is a strong contrast in colors between the face the eyes and the background This piece was one of the first oil paintings I came across but looking at the size of the piece and the sheer beauty of it stuck in my mind Squire gave Buddha a godly presence as if having him looking down on the people of earth Coincidentally because I am a taller person the look Buddha is giving is almost the same look I give in most of my pictures looking down with
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