Perspectives of Disappearance

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Perspectives of Disappearance The perspectives of disappearance rely on many triggers. There is the proportional reduction of size over distance called linear perspective. Among others there are color recession, overlapping shapes, gradient shifts, diminishing ratio of value contrasts, diminishing edge … Continued

City Cut Outs

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Marvel Comics demonstrated speed and motion can be indicated with attenuated converging  or radiating lines as. Speed can also be suggested through exaggerated perspective along with blurring.  But, with blurred edges the picture’s legibility is diminished and therefore, recognition of … Continued

An Ancient Chinese Angle

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In the sixth century, as the Roman Empire collapsed China was cultivating its arts with Imperial support.  Xie He had just compiled a comprehensive collection of  Chinese artists which included a criteria for making and judging paintings. His instructions advised … Continued

Natural Abstraction

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Whenever an artist moves paint onto a surface in pursuit of an idea, they are abstracting. No one paints trees; we paint symbols, schema and illusions which conjure trees in a beholder.  Artists set expectations so that illusions can be … Continued

Water View

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Turning the pages of art history back to the 1860’s brings us to the time of  professional travel painting.  Artists traveled to unfamiliar locations and captured a sense of place for a curious public. Often the paintings were commissioned by … Continued

Source Material

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In 1845 William Parson looked through the world’s  biggest telescope, then in Ireland.  He found and illustrated a spiral nebula, as he called it (example 1). Later we would recognize this as another galaxy.  In 1845 the idea of multiple … Continued