"Poise to Ponder" by Jim Carpenter, Acrylic on Paper, 7" x 9"
Painting #20 Day #23 in the 30 in 30 Challenge
I can't believe this is painting #20. How interesting it has been for me to watch these small paintings take on various formats and configurations.
The title of this painting is "Ponder." To ponder means to weigh something mentally before making a decision or before coming to a conclusion. The three figures in the painting may be poised to make a decision, although I see some slight movement in the third figure on the right, as if he is moving to a place to think on his own. Interestingly enough the root of "ponder" is the Latin verb ponderare which means to consider or to weigh [mentally.] Weight is in the balance here, in terms of the composition of the painting as well as the meaning of the words ponder and poise, both of which trace their roots back to words that relate specifically to weight and weighing.
The main character in this painting is the figure on the right. He is he one whose pondering we are being asked to consider. He is facing the viewer; one can make out some expression on his face. He seems to have more weight than the other two figures combined and seems to be closer to the viewer. I see him as moving into position - a little further to the right is where he will finish, and then the scene will be balanced. But for now he is suspended in motion, poised, and likely will move after a moment's pause. At least, that's how I see it. Are my days as a stage director showing?