Monday, December 28, 2009

The Problem Is....

For the past several years, my goal has been to create paintings with a feeling of movement and energy. The problem to be solved is to infuse a static image with the illusion of movement, not an easy task.
I have gradually come to several conclusions:
1. Include many shapes of varying sizes.
2. Use oblique lines.
3. Vary hard and soft edges.
4. Interrupt lines.
5. Overlap shapes.
6. Invent textures.
7. Spice it up with figures (or animals) in motion.

This kind of painting is much harder than merely depicting a scene accurately, and I fail more often than I succeed. So why try it? "A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"

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