The Quality of Yellow

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Without going into yellow’s past as the imperial color of the Kahns or the color of the light of Eden, or the color associatedwith Earth as one of the four elements and, without discussing the historical use of yellow as … Continued

Above, Below and On Water

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      I have considered translucence with you before but, today I have more to add. When Leonardo Da Vinci first tackled the sensation of translucence  while still working in Verrocchio’s workshop, the subject was the baptism of Jesus as he … Continued

How Do We See Figures?

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  3200 years ago ancient Egyptians conveyed the idea of a human form by presenting it as a complex pictograph ( my example shows you the jackal faced deity, Anubis weighing the heart of a man at his death). The body … Continued

Various Strategies to Suggest Motion and Space

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  Margaret Livingstone included this painting of Monet’s in her insightful  and excellent book, “Vision and Art, The Biology of Seeing” as an illustration of  how we perceive motion through blurred images.  Look carefully at Monet’s flags or his figures … Continued

Evolving and Never Finished

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Pierre Bonnard, the great neo-impressionist, internationally renowned French painter was observed sneaking paints and brushes in the inside vest pocket of his suit jacket in order to make changes to his paintings as he found them in one of the … Continued