Neural Vision

posted in: Blog, Uncategorized | 1

Because we are born diurnal, edge-detecting, break-spotters whose vision depends upon memory as much as incoming retinal data and, because we are born looking for familiar simple patterns and, because our eyes refocus 4 to 3 times per second building … Continued

Raising Contrasts

posted in: Blog, Uncategorized | 5

Because our attention is drawn to edges and anomalies we build pictures around these points of contrast. The contrast can be created in color, value, scale, proximity, and a variety of other opposites. Da Vinci listed his contrasting themes in … Continued

Pliable Shapes

posted in: Composition | 2

We read shapes. You’re  doing it now. Painted shapes as well as letters indicate meaning, and additionally signal orientation, spacial volume, contours, and location. Expressive or exaggerated shapes amplify emotion while emphasizing the particular character of the picture’s components. To … Continued

Sketch, Design, Paint

posted in: Uncategorized | 5

If DaVinci sketched before painting in 1500 and, if 500 years earlier Fan Kuan of  China’s Song Dynasty sketched before painting and, if Van Gogh sketched in 1888 before painting then, let’s conclude that sketching must be a valuable even … Continued

Atmospheres of Light and Dark

posted in: Uncategorized | 0

The introduction of dissolving luminous atmosphere as practiced by J.M.W.  Turner and luminous 19th century tonalists like Corot or George Inness begins with Claude Lorrain.  All of these artists usually practiced the application of atmospheric perspective by dropping an obscuring … Continued

Reviving Classic Designs

posted in: Blog, Uncategorized | 1

In 1559 Pieter Bruegel the Elder understood a principle now known as “gradient shift” which means:  patterns not only get smaller in the size of their parts as they appear to recede but also lose edge acuity, lose complexity, and … Continued