My initial reactions to the painting are truly underwhelming. Glancing at this painting for the first time, I felt an intense sense of “why?” The painting looks like someone got really bored and lonely so he or she decided to use their spare paint and throw it, flick it, etc. at a large piece of canvas. In fact, I kind of thought that it looked like someone used a canvas for paintball practice. However after taking some time to really examine the painting , I relived the little details that went into the painting. If you closely inspect the painting, you will notice the various colors used in the actual painting. Instead of being a blob of random colors, the dots seem to complement each other.
The actual size of the painting would have a massive effect on how you would perceive it. There are unbroken lines of paint on the canvas, which indicates that the painter had to devise a system to allow them to paint without interrupting the flow of the painting. Also, I think that observing the this massive painting would make you feel slightly inferior because this meant someone was willing to paint of 54ftsquared of canvas.
Nancy Sullivan also had some opinions and reactions about the painting that she wrote into a poem. In the poem, I think that Nancy is simply trying to assert that there is no meaning behind the painting. All it is is simply paint. This can be supported when she say, “but just paint.”
I also think that Nancy Sullivan thought that the painting was a reflection of the painter’s mind or inner state. Perhaps the painter was conflicted when he wrote this? This can be supported when you states that the painting is “a mural of the mind.” But enough of Nancy reactions, you should see how you react to this painting.