Friday, November 12, 2010

Asymmetrical Square class results

Pastel, on buttercup yellow Pastelmat, 7x7"
This was an interesting class, building on classes we've done before devoted to square paintings, but taking us a bit farther along in understanding asymmetrical balance. Above is my painting, not really done as a demonstration but painted during the class time.

This photo, taken from Google Street View, shows you the static and dynamic balance of symmetry versus asymmetry. In the first composition, I placed the division of land and sky directly astride the horizontal center line and the road on the vertical center line. There is almost no variation from right to left sides. The sky has little color, value or shape variation, as most of the clouds are horizontal.

In the second photo I simply rearranged the elements so that none of the major shapes land astride the center or one-third axis lines (see illustration.) The shapes of the foreground triangles are all much more dynamic, and the clouds arc in a gentle circular motion that leads the eye back into the center of the piece.

The challenge was to try to compose a painting where the major shapes avoided these too-static axis lines, and utilized more dynamic balance--without allowing the eye to slide off the page anywhere, of course. I saw some wonderful work beginning in class that I'd love to share with you.

Barbara Clark, oil on black gessoed panel
Kris Gorman, pastel on Wallis paper
Barbara Funke, pastel on Wallis paper
Diana Stauffer, oil on panel

I can't wait to see how these look when they're finished.

Looking good. Keep going, gang!