Angling For Infinity

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A big question in art has been how to build the illusion of space on a flat two dimensional surface. The answers are many and have unfolded differently in different cultures and times.  There are also many shared and overlapping … Continued

Directing The Eye

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How can the artist lure the mind’s eye into infinite musing?  There are demonstrable strategies. They depend on both biological predilections and culturally acquired systems. Following European painting traditions these include: orienting planes with varying inclines toward an infinite goal, … Continued

Hand Blown with Bright Edges

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Air blown pigment is at least 17,000 years old.  Anthropologists and art historians think that Paleolithic Lascaux cave painting would have been made by blowing a solution of pigment through a physiological nozzle with our cupped hands.. 3400 years ago … Continued

Windswept

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I recently discussed the role of “Common Fate” as one of our innate categories of visual organization. Building a field of unified motion has been an artist’s tool for attracting the viewer’s attention. A unified field of motion keeps the … Continued

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