11.13.2008

Week 3 - Look Mom, No Hands


In an effort to get away from traditional paint application (brushes) I tried to concentrate on making the paint do what it does naturally as a result of gravity. I ended up with paint on my shoes, the floor etc, etc.
The compositional idea at work here is sometimes called Steelyard, also known as Mama Bear-Papa Bear, Baby Bear, Asymmetrical Composition or Off Balance Composition. I am sure there are other names but it is essentially a dominating element and a relating-subordinate element. Very often the dominant element is larger and the focal point as well. The small lower photo shows my dominant element and related subordinate element. I also made a strong statement as to the color that I wanted to dominate the painting.

Week 3 - Class Work





The idea of dominant and subordinate shapes is very common in landscape painting; for example - a big group of trees and a smaller isolated tree. In abstract work, using some formal element, such as line, shape, color, or theme and variation, give us something to hang our hat on - something to build the painting around. Repeating a shape is a common way to go but color can also act as a dominate idea with a second color as the subordinate.
This is how the members of the class handled the idea of a dominating element and a related subordinate element. Click on the photos to enlarge the view.
From the top these pieces belong to:
Jerri Everett,
Cathy McCurdy,
Josie Perea,
Gina Quintana,
Dee Bartee

Scroll down to the post And Now For Something Completely Different to read my general guidelines for non-representational painting.