Sunday, April 25, 2010

NEXT PIECE of our Abstract Art project

Let's talk about our Abstract Art project, for a moment. Remember, I'm working on this with you, trying to understand the elements and principles of design, in our composition. We are working from an article in the Summer issue of Quilting Arts Magazine of 2006.
A little re-cap here.
ELEMENTS are those things that make up the art work: line, shape, value, color, movement, size and pattern.
PRINCIPLES are what we do with the elements to create unity, harmony, contrast, repetition, gradation, balance and dominance.

Let's take a look at our piece so far. I'm quoting directly from the article by Liz Berg.

UNITY: Unity brings all the pieces together and is the ultimate goal in our design process.
It occurs through the use of proximity, repetition and continuation.
Our goal is to bring unity to our arrangement of lines, shapes, colors, values, textures and patterns that we are using.

CONTRAST: This is a dynamic factor that contributes to the piece. Contrast creates tension between opposing elements: curved or straight, smooth or jagged, big or small, simple or ornate, bright or grayed, warm or cool.

RHYTHM: This is created when elements are placed at intervals throughout the piece. Carefully choosing where to place the elements will pull the viewer's eye across the piece.

The eye travels quickly when elements are closely spaced and moved slowly when they are farther apart. The rhythm can be progressive, static or alternating.

REPETITION: By repeating the same element or similar elements, we are able to give visual clues to the viewer. It helps to move the eye about the picture and can reinforce the recognition of symbols, strengthen the rhythm, encourage movement and produce patterns. Variation in the repeated elements can reduce boredom.

Let's stop here for a moment and take a look at our piece so far. Do you see how we have integrated these four principles of design in our project?

We have used a Split complementary color group.
We have used a similar shape with our rectangles and squares.

We have moved our shapes DOWN and ACROSS the piece, moving the eye but because we have go to the edges, we have ANCHORED the shapes to the piece.

NOTE: Here I had to take a closer look at my piece, did I go all the way to the edges with my shapes?


Our last piece, is to take an elongated rectangle, almost a stick like shape and move it across the horizontal area.
I used Chartreuse for the top 2/3rds of my piece and Blue-Violet for the bottom third. I used Golden yellow squares to go up and down and across my piece. Now, I am going to cut Chartreuse strips or skinny rectangles and "march" them on a slight diagonal across the entire piece (through the center area).

This last addition to our piece is going to bring movement. If you make your stick like shapes shift, from larger on the left to smaller on the right, you will create this movement going off into the distance.

We have brought some ACTION to our piece.

Tomorrow, we'll talk about gradation, balance and dominance.

:)Bea Who loves to learn anything new about creating things.


  1. I wish I had started this with you. I have been reading along. I love the color palete you chose to use.

  2. Tess, there is still time to play. :)Bea

  3. Here's mine. How did I do?

  4. Thanks Teri. I emailed you about it. Well done. :)Bea