Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Symmetry and Asymmetry

In this painting of the historic Gibson Hotel in downtown Apalachicola, the problem was one of depicting the scene somewhat accurately while maintaining some of the desirable aspects of informal balance.  The two palm trees make for a very symmetric composition.  To counterbalance that, I placed a few more small trees on the left and then placed the monument on the right.  Some might consider the building too centered, but the fact that it is interrupted by the foliage provides some asymmetry there, too.  Granted, it's subtle, but one could certainly make the argument that the composition is not totally symmetrical.

The easel is in the car, ready for the trip south to Naples.  I look forward to painting plein air again very soon!

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