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I would describe what I thought I was painting but I've found every person I inquired to tell to me what this painting is about told me something completely different, and I find this intriguing. So I chose not to title this with a real word "Shifther" i was thinking shapeshifter and one of the bands I like Lifter Puller (non sequitur). Anyway, my colleagues like this painting, maybe some of you will aussi. (Oil canvas, ~2 knives, Jan 2010)


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03/13/11 4:17 PM GMT
It looks like a wave coming in and about to flood the keyboard. Must be a sound wave. I like the contrasts.


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Cameras are like people--sometimes they lose focus.
03/13/11 8:44 PM GMT
I see a wave and a sailboat on one level. So that can't be right. I also see a figure emerging from the wave, looks to be a horse or at least that's what I calling it. So this therefore is a painting of the fall of ancient Troy. Nice work.
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Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see. - Philip Guston
03/13/11 10:46 PM GMT
No no no, you are all wrong !
This is a tsunami-like wave just about to flood the stairway to the sea.
This is what art means = everybody is allowed to see whatever one wants.
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With all my love and respect, Marzena
03/14/11 12:11 AM GMT
It is a tsunami like wave and brings back to me pictures I have seen of Japan. Make sure you date it.
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03/14/11 1:27 AM GMT
I think it has more to do with the title than the obvious view of the wave.

If you cannot lift her, then shift her.

I think the title implies that you are so weighted down with the complexities you are facing that there is nothing we can do to lift you up from those doldrums. The best chance we have to be of help to you, you think, is to find a way to shift you.

Thus the pounding of the waves is symbolic of the problems facing you. The sand adds difficulty with footing and in standing up against the waves.

The stairway is the way out. But, just because you can leave the sand, you have only put aside the issues left behind. The waves will continue to pound the shore.

Another solution is needed beyond shifting her.
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03/14/11 6:01 AM GMT
John sounds like a head doctor and makes great observations. I am not a head doctor so what catches my eye is the blue. It does look like water but to me the blue represent freedom and it is soon to wash away what holding it back. I know that might be way out there! I like it though!
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"It is not MY fault that I never learned to accept responsibility!"
03/14/11 11:48 AM GMT
everyone is great, and, asides from John (the painting whisperer), has given the descriptions seen by my dear friends. as always, I really appreciate everyone for sharing their thoughts with me.
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03/14/11 7:42 PM GMT
Another interesting feasible poster for my studio.
Congrats you're indeed capable.
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