Balance Is Key

Finding the right balance between two seemingly opposing ideas is often the solution to artistic problems in representational painting.  Focusing on one idea without engaging its opposing idea, for example, sometimes creates results that are too simplistic, lacking in the complexity that is inherent in Nature.  Indeed, it is this tension, or ambiguity, between seemingly […]

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The Four Spheres

One might consider that there are basic concepts that are used with respect to representational painting and drawing.  They are: 1) Imprint 2) Gesture 3) Structure and 4) Massing.  Considering these concepts can facilitate a comprehensive study — and conversation –of how the visual world is, and has been, interpreted by visual artists, represented from […]

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