It looks like Nemo’s nose prints to me

Lord help me.

We’re supposed to be finding an item of artwork and applying what we’ve learned thus far in our first four weeks of an Art Appreciation course to it and posting said information in a discussion board to enlighten our fellow online classmates. Here’s a painting someone chose and what they wrote about it:

Howard Hodgkin “Counting the Days” – 1979-82, Oil on wood, 21 3/4 x 25 1/4 in. (55.2 x 64.2 cm) from

In this piece of artwork I immediately noticed the warm energizing almost nervous colors of the frame as the artist “counts the days”. Slowly I moved closer and the cool blue shades created a feeling of calm, almost as if the artist had accepted the inevitable. With the vertical but slightly angled to the right line of lavender, it looks similar to a waterfall; serene. Then you notice the large concentration and focus of the brush strokes and blots on the dark black circle, it seemed he had arrived. The colors surrounding and almost grabbing the dark patch shows me a conflict as the dark shade appears to be moving toward it like an airplane with a trail of smoke in the sky.

Here’s what someone else then responded about the painting:

This is a really beautiful picture, I agree that it does almost look like a waterfall. I would actually like to hunt down a reprint of this, it matches my living room perfectly!

Uh-huuuuuuhhhhhhh. Makes me wonder if she means her kids have left the room a disaster area with Fisher Price toys everywhere or if her decorating sheme includes orange, purple and black. To each his own, I guess.

To me, it looks like a colourized version of Nemo’s nose prints on the back door. Is it just me????

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