Water Garden For A Blue Heron

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A visit to China 1000 years ago will find you in the Sung Dynasty, a period of unequalled landscape painting. The emperor had established an academy for artists. Painting and calligraphy were deeply connected. Gestures of the brush revealed energy, … Continued

Orientation and Depth

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Among designers’ criteria are the Gestalt principles like Common Fate, Figure Ground, Closure, Similarity, Continuity, and Proximity. This post illustrates a synthesis of these principles through diagrams, photos and paintings. I begin with “Common Fate” because this principle determines an … Continued

Lessons From Rembrandt

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This past week brought me to a variety of Edinburgh’s  national museums and galleries where I twice visited a retrospective of Rembrandt’s work. He explored landscapes in addition to his portraits. The Dutch 17th century was century of landscape innovation … Continued