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Without Expression
by Chanti Niven

Thursday, July 13, 2006
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My latest paintings seem to cause unease
"They lack expression. They don't seem real"
and I think, 'Can't you see it in the eyes?'
A face can be as immobile as a statue
but the eyes convey the deepest emotion
What you see
is a statement about what I see.
The surface calm
that belies the raging storm beneath
The sea
that gently rocks the boat
but can dash ships against jagged rocks
A world of potential
unlocked only by this expression
The interpretation of my own eyes..



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Reviewed by Rovena Tesfaye (Reader) 8/11/2006
This photograph is very creative. The way you expressed the man's eyes, his gaze that stabs and pierce the very soul. There is something about the way his eyes are filled with untold passions as if he thirsts for an answer to a spoken question. If only I knew what lay beyond his gaze, then maybe I would compose a better reply. Your poem is a source of true artistic inspiration.

Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 8/3/2006
I stand "grimacing" at those who criticize such a supreme work of art.
Indeed, Chanti, those eyes are a most potent window of the tortured
soul behind them.
What a marvelous talent you have, lady...both in verse and artwork!
Reviewed by Miss Pandora 7/29/2006
This is one creative combination - I am very glad I happened upon these art works. Will definitely be back for more. Panda :)
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 7/19/2006
A pic so full of depth and imagination. Both pic and pen leaves the mind many avenues of thought
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/19/2006
Bowled over as ever, Sweet Angel, by the appreciation you leave on my pages - you deck me every time! :)) But how can you talk about my abilities of expression when you have every ounce of more than equal facility at your multi-media fingertips and in every atom and fibre of your creative being? THIS IS PRICELESS! It would be a poem and a voice even without your lyrical accompanying words. Not only your beautiful, visionary eyes, but your gracious and loving mind and gifted heart and fingers overflow with expressive personifications and understandings with each fresh page and canvas. You are blessed beyond measure, Chanti, and freely give of what you are and of what you receive. ALL your eyes are totally amazing, penetrating and speak volumes. LOL and many kisses, Kate xx
Reviewed by Masood Lohar 7/15/2006
Dear Chanti
Allow me to title this panting as "Eve". There is a pain of exodus, a nastalgia about the heavenly bliss, there is a hope for tomorrow but then there is a voice coming from eyes saying "Fragile, handle with care!"

Unfortunately we are living in an age when the language of eyes is not deciphered.

Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 7/14/2006
I've always loved how you 'see' through eyes, Chanti! I do, too. Do you know what I see? Liberty, and sufferage, when eyes are involved...

Look above the face of this man,
look at inquisitive others,
in the highlighting of above's above,
in eyebrows, uncovered, by what?

In reality, I don't know this man. Yet, his visage, by your hand, affects me, with his expression...

This Man is guilty! (In a biblical sense.) But, Not Guilty to Jesus Christ Superstar, or to free thinking, or blasts of hatred. Don't you see it? Want to believe it? Don't you wish you could express your mind? ... soirly, Chanti, you've made me wine and dine... Thanks, my love!


Reviewed by Michelle Mills 7/14/2006
Chanti, anyone who says they don't see expression in those eyes is vision impaired. They simply shout emotion...hopelessness, and sadness. Gracious, you are one talented lady. This is fine work...Love, Michelle
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 7/14/2006
Looks like me after a friday night out..
Or one tortured soul...Indeed with lifeless eyes...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/14/2006
Powerful deep touching piece!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/14/2006
Your creative genius shines through your offering here, Chanti. Thank you! Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/14/2006
Those eyes...and these words...illustrate powerful emotion. Very, very beautiful, creative genius here. BRAVA, Chanti!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 7/14/2006
I believe that one of the beauties of being human is our individual ability to glean something different from an experience than those around us.

Certainly it is all relative to perspective. We are multi-faceted and delicate creatures. If the painting is turned upside down, the image has the potential for a whole new approach of thought.

Similar to those first impressions and misunderstandings between people. Unless they are dealt with in all honesty, and humility, with a spirit of fraternity, people can believe what they experienced, the "first" time, as the reality.

What is the reality, the moment we are living, or the moment we have lived. It is all ephemeral and unfolding continually and relentlessly.

I found early in my own life, that what I see, and experience, is only one small sliver of the whole, and it is those around us that can sometimes see those things in us that we are incapable of seeing ourselves.

This construct, to me, was a testament to how what we "see" with our own eyes ofttimes becomes the reality.

Excellent thought dear Chanti!

Reviewed by Chanti Niven 7/14/2006
The 'painting' that I posted up here was not copied from a photograph...i.e. is not photo art. It is an original creation. I take any comments about the realism of my art to be a compliment. Thank you!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/14/2006
I believe Kant was right - The Eyes Truly are the Windows to our Souls. And that is an awesome painting, Chanti.
Reviewed by Tami Ryan 7/14/2006
A most powerful piece, my friend.

Reviewed by A PAX 7/14/2006
Looks like he is looking at his loved one :)
I see peace here.......and adoration
beautiful work........
what medium is this Chanti, I am curious...........
photo art and oil...I cannot rember what that is that it?

either way.......GREAT
pax A
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 7/14/2006
your poem and your painting overflow with expression!

Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/14/2006

A painter always paints what he/she can see, and the audience see the paintings through the artists eyes.

A painting can be either complex or simple, but the ability to capture the essense of the painting the painter's feelings lies in the artistic value of the audience.

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/14/2006
Chanti, this poem and the painting which is a work of perfection in itself speaks volumes and as I am a sailor who experienced both sides or the sea, I know the message you convey. You paint and write from your soul and heart and it shows.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/14/2006
THIS is good. Old adge that the eyes are the soul of man rings loud and clear here, Chanti . . . Those eyes!
Reviewed by Edwin Larson 7/13/2006
Well you are certainly not 'without expression' at all. You are incredible in every sense...And your recent paintings in this new medium are stunning...Some might confuse this with shmarmy lazy photo-art and I can see how your approach to realism and eye for detail might fool a few who haven't witnessed your creations emerge from a blank slate. You sure are one beautiful artist...and I'm a lucky let's go :)...signing off
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