Friday, June 15, 2012

Interlocking Shapes

Interlocking shapes are like two pieces of a jigsaw puzzle: one positive shape fits into a negative shape.  In this case, the two pieces are the background shape (negative) and the pier and boat shape (positive).  If you trace your finger around the pier, the shack and the boat, you'll see that the shape interlocks with the rest of the painting by poking into that space.  In addition, the positive shape is an oblique which contrasts with the horizontals in the background and the foreground water.

The best shapes, Edgar Whitney maintained, are longer in one direction,interlocking and oblique.  Design deliberately, with this in mind.

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