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First Impressions: What Does This Painting Make You Think About?

Shout out in comments what comes to mind when viewing this piece of art.

Welcome Patch's First Impressions feature where Patch presents readers with a work from a local artist and asks our readers to comment on what the work means to them.

This week, we are featuring a piece by artist Robert Mehling.

How does his work make you feel? Comment below.     

Be sure to check back on Saturday to find out what the artist had to say about her piece.

Editor's Note: This post is curated by East Quogue photographer Meryl Spiegel. If you have a piece that you would like to submit, e-mail Erica.Jackson@Patch.com.

Nikki D. Caravella October 03, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Seems like no one came to Thanksgiving. Lonely...
theresa October 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Unfortunately for the artist, the first impression is sadness and loss. Unless of course that was what he had in mind. Neverless, it's sad, especially when you notice the empty glass of wine, the family picture in the background. What the cross is doing there is anyone's guess. I'm wondering where's the cranberry sauce and stuffing.
Robert R. Mehling October 05, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Sadness and loss come under the category of "tragedy" and are valid artistic themes. One would not label Steinbeck "unfortunate" for writing, "Of Mice and Men" or Ravel for composing "Pavane For A Dead Infant." Like authors and composers, visual artists sometimes also explore themes darker than mindless relaxation in trite Long Island seascapes. But sadness alone isn't the whole picture. There is a tragic-comic irony in the painting that asks, "Thanks? For what? Who's the real turkey?" It is a holiday-specific ambivalence we all can relate to.
Laura Ragus October 05, 2012 at 06:25 PM
The artist's work is breathtaking and so real. My impression is of anticipation and desire. I'd like to say the feast is laid before him but you only see one part of the table, the rest is complete with family waiting for their patriarch to cut the turkey and begin the celebration. I give thanks to the artist's beautiful masterpiece.

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