Van Gogh’s Brush

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Here’s how a connoisseur or a conservator would look at a Van Gogh. The painting is Van Gogh’s from 1889 during his stay in San Remy, Provence in the hospital of St Paul de Mausole.   Van Gogh was allowed … Continued

Principle of Radiation, The Sunburst

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When John Ruskin outlined the Renaissance principles of composition, the principle of radiation was a fundamental pattern.  The idea of the radial burst or sunburst (sometimes referred to as the web-in-spokes) is ancient, not only pan historic but also pan … Continued

Vibration In Layers

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Recently,  I wrote you about achieving depth through layers  with architectural images (pics in the Met Museum, see a previous blog). I showed you a sequence of  images being layered to create  a feeling of more motion and space.  This … Continued

What’s In Motion?

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Maybe this has happened to you. You’re sitting in a train looking out the window at an adjacent train on an adjacent track.  It’s very close to you. One of the two trains slowly starts to move.  Is your train … Continued


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 Da Vinci was one of the earliest artists to observe that we scan from one focal point to another searching for confirming information,  that we connect  a path of focus points into a stream which both constructs and anticipates information. … Continued


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(example 1, the underpainting).  Underpaintings are often referred to as the early stage in which an artist loosely blocks in the values, shapes and some texture information.  Later color will be  added opaquely or as a glaze tint  to the underpainting … Continued