Quiet vs. Loud

Greetings Friends,

I’m just finishing up some paintings for an upcoming show, and I stumbled upon something that I thought was interesting.

The two paintings below were both created using the same paints, but they are very different from each other. One is what could be called a loud conversation, and the other is very quiet and subdued.

Cassandra Tondro, "Moment of Impact," abstract art

“Moment of Impact,” 30 x 24 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

Cassandra Tondro, "Subaquatic View," abstract painting

“Subaquatic View,” 24 x 30 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas

A loud conversation in art is high in contrast and what you can see from a distance. A quiet conversation is things that are more subtle and less noticeable. Some people say that you need both in a work of art for it to really work.

I tend to do one or the other — quiet or loud. Although I guess you can say there are some elements of both in each of these paintings.

When do you like loud, and when do you prefer quiet? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

P.S. — A reminder about the opening reception of “Love” at the Ventura County Government Center this Friday, March 13th! I have three paintings in the show, and I’d enjoy seeing you there.

February 28 – April 7
Opening Reception Friday, March 13, 5:30-7pm
Ventura County Government Center
Hall of Administration, Atrium Gallery
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA

With love and appreciation,


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