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January 1, 2008

chambers hotel

will cotton
b. 1965 mass.
candy stick forest 2005
oil on linen

i found the candy cane painting extremely compelling. i'm not sure if it was the bright colors, or the theme itself, but it struck a chord within me. there is a nude woman sitting on a fallen "tree" in a forrest of brightly colored candy canes. the way the paint shimmers also works really well with the painting. the bright paints have a glossy look, giving it a sticky, sugary sort of appeal. even though the setting is so whimsical, it has a very real appeal, as if it were a real place, that somebody could actually go. everything about this painting is just fantastic