Joan Mitchell is considered a second generation of the American Abstract Expressionist. Her primary subject is landscapes. “No Birds” is actually a response to Van Gogh’s painting “Wheatfield with Crows”. Mitchell like many others was an admirer of Van Gogh’s work.
What draws me to Mitchell’s work, like the artist I have mentioned in the past, is her use of color and mark making. We can see every brush stroke she makes in her painting, as is leaving evidence of how she moved while creating her works of art. Her marks in themselves tell a story of how the painting was made, aside from the story or image they create as a work.