Thursday, March 26, 2015

A little Rothko, Pollock or Composition with your coffee?

I felt bad about the two sad Black & White photos I posted on Monday.  My mind was occupied on the white stuff all over the lawn.
The other night while looking for a photograph in Picasa I discovered a folder that simply had a date and a ton of pictures in it.  Imagine my surprise to see some really good black and white compositions in there.  Taken back in 2011 they probably have never been posted.
I do like a misty or foggy morning for taking pictures. A little harder to stop the car and hope that I don't get rear ended or squished like a bug when I am out of the car taking a picture.
I hope these are showing up in the blog and you don't like I seem to have to do now, click that tiny little square up in the corner of where the picture should be.

I have no idea why my computer has suddenly developed this.  Honestly, if you have watched enough Twilight Zone series, in your lifetime, you could think that your laptop has suddenly developed a mean streak or a really bad sense of humor.

"Bea doesn't realize it now but soon she will be in a great debate with her computer.  One that will change her life do do dooooooooooo."

Ok, dating myself but those of you that know what the hell I'm talking about hummed the theme song, didn't you?

Tomorrow is Technique Workshop Day at the Studio. As we have been since January we will be exploring, once again, in depth, Compositional formats and designs. Mary made us an easy to look at chart of the list from Joan Blackburn's book. Sixteen different formats are listed in her book.
While researching further I found the following shaped compositions mentioned in an Abstract Art book, Z, S, C, X, O, L and V. I have a feeling that some overlap and that there are probably more different names for the same compositions out there.

Linda and I did go through an Abstract Art book and look at the different pieces of artwork and try to put the right format to them.  It isn't as easy as you think. Some are obvious but others had to be worked out. I'm still not sure we got them right.

I have a comfort zone when it comes to composition. When I take photographs I tend to use a low horizon line, place focal points in the lower third on the right or left. You can see that in the tree and barn photos above. The third photo is a little unusual. I seldom plant things dead center.

Although, these three from the Journey Series seem to have trees smack dab in the center.

Hmmmm, apparently I do put them smack dab in the middle. And, I seem to prefer leafless trees and stark contrast. Interesting. Well, there are enough low horizon ones to feel like I might have nailed that one.
The other topic we will be covering will be Abstract Shape Language.
I knew about geometric, symbolic and organic but I hadn't really thought through free shapes or shapelessness. When I researched shapelessness I was referred to the work of Material Painters, Action painters and Color Field Painters.
Three terms I had no idea what they referred to.

Well, if you have sat in front of what appeared to be a large black painting by Reinhardt then you were looking at a Material painter. Look long enough and the black has subtle variations. It can upset people.  When his black paintings were first exhibited at MoMA in 1963, their reductive imagery and stark palette shocked visitors and it was said that at least one Museum membership was cancelled in protest. My, my, people.

Action painting was widespread from the 40s t0 early 60s. Maybe you have seen a Jackson Pollock painting?

Now, Color Field painting, like Rothko, Still or Jenkins is something that I love. Classes I have taken with Julie and Chris steer me in that direction with the blending and working of color into the canvas. Less emphasis on brushstrokes and more on the layers of color.

Well, tomorrow will be interesting. Hope you have a creative day!  :)Bea

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