When my wife and I first arrived at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville (MOCA) I

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When my wife and I first arrived at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville (MOCA) I honestly had no idea what to expect. I had been to the Cummer Museum, but never here and I wasn't sure what to expect or what piece of art I was going to write my paper on. I thought I might want to do my paper on a sculpture because I tend to like that kind of art, but I wasn't sure. I figured we would walk around and whatever spoke to me the loudest would be what I wrote my paper on. I hadn't expected to be spoken too so frequently and so loudly and by some my different art forms so after forty-five minutes I was no closers to my topic than I was when we first came arrived. As we made our way through the gallery we found ourselves in a room…show more content…
You don't have to be an art aficionado to understand, enjoy, and appreciate the art. My wife and I had a very pleasant afternoon spending time together at the museum, so much so we brought our son back that weekend. "St. John's River Reflection" is a two-dimensional painting on canvas. The painting is not an exact rendering of the St. John's River but an impression of it. Like many paintings done in the impressionistic style it's not so much about what the artist paints. It's more about what the viewer sees and feels when he/she looks at the painting that is the most important. What stood out the most to me about this painting was the reflective colors and how the water almost appeared to move as you looked at it. With the use of just four apparent colors the artist created a warm welcoming painting that invites you in. The artist organized the painting in four diagonal rows the white row being the thinnest and there is a clearly define line separating each of the colors. Off to the top left there appears to be an unseen source of light which only adds to the brilliance of the colors. This lights source gives the water its reflective quality. Creating the illusion of depth are the oil black spots in the water. These spots are the focal point of the painting. At a first glance you may notice two maybe three but there are five dots throughout the painting the two larger ones which are the ones you will notice first, but then near the top of the painting just off-center

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