Ornament and Art

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The success of ornament lies in viewing it from variable distances so that the dominant design lines give way to details as we approach.  That is how Ernst Gombrich summed up the experience and success of ornament.  Paintings can work … Continued

Simultaneous Images, One Idea

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       I wrote to you in a previous blog about two images shot from variable angles then, merged into a single image to exaggerate the sense of stereopsis and motion. (All previous blogs are at the website.) I wrote to you about … Continued

Color as Symbol

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  In reply to a recent blog, Kay Halcrow asked if my paintings were inspired or connected to the burning of Rome. The use of red has long been associated with fire, just as all colors are saturated with cultural … Continued

The Standard Form For the Ideal Landscape

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 In the 17th century Claude and Poussin were two French artists working in Rome. They had perfected a compositional structure for landscape painting. The right or left wings of the painting would serve as framing curtains like the curtain framing … Continued

Erasable Intentions

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Ernst Gombrich introduced me to this idea: as  we make marks our imagination slips away from its original intention and follows the suggestions of the marks we are making. Each mark, each stroke, each line drives us to new possibilities.  If we … Continued