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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

No New Posts until August 16, 2011

My next post will be on Tuesday August 16, 2011. I plan to post sales on my Facebook page and Twitter.

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer.

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Thursday, 23 June 2011

Triangular Composition & Attraction of Figure, Artist Cezanne





This painting is by French artist Paul Cezanne (1839-1906); the painting is An Old Woman with A Rosary (1895-1896). I have added red lines to the second image. The overall compositional structure is a triangle. When the triangle is on its base, there is stability to the painting. The top of the triangle will attract the most attention. In the large triangle from the bottom of the image, the apex is at the head of the woman. The bottom triangle’s apex is at the hands. Even without a triangular composition, viewers are first attracted to the head. After the head, viewers are attracted to the hands and then the figure. Use of other elements might alter the order of attraction. (H. Poore, Composition in Art; N. Goldstein, Design and Composition)

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Horizontal Compositional Structure & Use of Light, Artist Edward Hopper



American artist, Edward Hopper painted the above painting, Early Sunday Morning (1930). I like the way the sun shines from the right and the light on the barber’s pole, fire hydrant and the left half of the blinds. Hopper used a horizontal compositional structure and this structure adds tranquility to the scene. The lines and shapes are parallel to the ground plane and therefore do not resist the pull of gravity. The lines and shapes appear at rest. The painting is balanced by the lesser number of vertical lines and shapes, i.e. barber’s pole, building on the upper right, vertical doors. (H. Poore, Composition in Art; N. Goldstein, Design and Composition)

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Balance & Location in Paintings, Artist Winslow Homer



I have written about the need for balance in paintings. Balance is a feeling of stability achieved through visual weight, attention or attraction of the elements of art. In this painting by American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910), Breezing Up (1876) Homer achieves balance for the foreground shape by the location of the smaller ship in the background. The larger ship in the foreground is close to the centre point of the painting. The smaller ship balances this shape because it is near the edge of the painting: it is in the distance. The small ship is isolated. These three locations have more visual weight than shapes closer to the centre and foreground. (H. Poore, Composition in Art)

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Use of Light and Dark in Art, Artist Honore Daumier



In a prior post, I wrote about the brilliant light achieved with the use of dark values (gray scale). The above painting is by French artist, HonorĂ© Daumier (1808 –1879). In his painting, The Chess Players (1863), the light is shining from the left side. The player on the right side has his face, left shoulder, hand and left arm in light. The wrist and hand of the other player is also illuminated by light. Part of the chess board is in the light. Daumier has also painted a dark line around the profile and shoulder of the player on the right. This dark line contrasts with the light. Surrounded by dark values, the light is more brilliant. As I previously mentioned, smaller areas of light are more brilliant when surrounded by larger areas of dark.

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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Balance in Paintings, The Artist Cezanne



Balance is an important principle in painting. The above painting is by French artist, Paul Cezanne (1839-1906). It is titled Still Life with Peppermint Bottle (1894). Balance is a feeling of stability accomplished by visual weight, attention or attraction using the elements of art, i.e. warm colors have more visual weight. There is a strong vertical direction in Cezanne’s painting. The viewer immediately sees the wine bottle and decanter. The dark vertical rectangle is in the top centre of the painting. These strong vertical shapes balance the shape of the draped cloth and fruit. (H. Poore, Composition in Art; O. Ocvirk et al, Art Fundamentals Theory & Practice)

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011

The Brilliance of Light Areas in Paintings, Artist Hassam





This painting is by American impressionist artist, Childe Hassam (1859-1935). The painting is called Horse Drawn Cabs at Evening, New York. Although an impressionist, Hassam used values (gray scale) to create atmosphere and brilliance. The dominant value is dark mid tones. There are some light values, i.e. the house on the right side, on the wet street. The brilliance of light is strengthened by the dark areas. The brilliancy of light results is greater when the light area is smaller than the dark area.

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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Rothko's Paintings @ the AGO's Abstract Expressionist Exhibit, Study of Color



In my prior post, I wrote about New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s Abstract Expressionist exhibit at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario. I noted that artists were influenced by surrealism, World War II and the Holocaust. They felt a need to create a new and expressive art that chronicled the doubt of the post war environment. The above painting is by American artist, Mark Rothko (1903-1970). In my opinion this painting, No. 5/No. 22 (1950) is non objective art. In abstract art, artists base their forms on natural objects. Their abstractions can vary from a likeness to the object to non familiar forms. Abstract art is different from non-objective art. Non-objective art is based on the artist’s imagination and not derived from anything the artist perceived.

If you are interested in studying the elements of art particularly color, Rothko’s paintings are worthy of study. Rothko used masses of color to have shapes float above and below the picture plane, i.e. cool colors recede, warm colors advance. He used soft edges. When you view this painting “rectangles appear to hover just over its surface. Each of the work’s coloured segments, when stared at individually, affect how you perceive the colour of those adjacent to it. Despite this, Rothko did not want his pictures appreciated solely for their visual qualities. He said, "If you are only moved by colour relationships, then you miss the point. I'm interested in expressing the big emotions—tragedy, ecstasy, doom."

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