Monday, August 13, 2012

Don't Make Me Repeat Myself

Did a few day trips recently. One up to Cave Creek, AZ with my friend Sarah. We stopped in some of the southwest shops that carry lots of "stuff". They make for interesting photographs and remind me to think of design in my own drawings/paintings.

Repetition and patterns can bring a viewer into your art work. It can also carry them right out again. Color, shape, movement are the elements that can speak to someone. Abstract, pop art need these  elements as well as realism. Design, composition, contrast, repetition and pattern. Just a few things that give harmony to your work.

Warhol knew how to use repetition - who has not seen his Marilyn's or Campbell's Soup Can? But, repetition does not always have to be so bold. I work in series which is another form of repetition. I will do drawings using the same object but in different positions, shapes or sizes. Such as rocks, feathers, leaves, even animals. The more I study something the better I know it's contour, shadows and colors.

Sometimes it is just fun to look at something a little differently. To explore new areas, go back to old ones and see what you might have missed.

1 comment:

  1. Good advice; "no man ever steps in the same river twice" is how that old sage, Heraclitus said it. Artists shouldn't feel like they have painted that piece before; it is never the same sight. I prefer to work in series. Like your pots above, the repetition plays up the similarity and variations in the subject's texture and fullness.


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