Now Everyone Squeeze Together

26 Apr 2012

It's funny how I have gotten so immersed in art that I tend to project very human emotions or ideas to inanimate objects in paintings and drawings.

Still life painting objects that don't spatial connect in some way most often won't connect thematically for a viewer either.
Still life painting objects that don't spatial connect in some way
most often won't connect thematically for a viewer either.

Take still life paintings for example. In a contemporary still life painting where objects don't overlap, there's no real sense of how any one object relates to the other, so there's no visual connection to bridge the spaces between them. The whole composition can seem random or indecisive. But it's not the objects themselves that impart this sense, and it's doubtful that the still life artists who created the works meant to amplify these kinds of hesitant ideas. No, I believe it comes down to the arrangement of the objects themselves.

When objects are grouped into pairs or clusters, so that they overlap when seen from the viewer's perspective, there's a sense of depth and continuity or wholeness to the work. And vice versa. When objects are isolated, they seem...isolated. And vice vice versa, or whatever. If there are too many objects crowded into a still life oil painting, it all seems jumbled and claustrophobic.

Such a simple idea, overlapping and spacing, and yet it can have major consequences. It is a good reminder for me because a still life painting can really affect a viewer's sensibility and give off very different vibes with just a few different choices made by the artist.

Objects arranged together as a whole make for a stronger, more compelling composition.
Objects arranged together as a whole make for a stronger,
more compelling composition.
Certainly my study of art has led me to be sensitive to the results of these different choices. But American Artist magazine has also amplified my learning as well. There's just so much instruction in any one issue that helps fire my engines and allows me to assess any number of artworks with a keen and more artist-minded eye--because I'm learning from the artists themselves. If that sounds like what you are looking for, you can have the same with a subscription to American Artist. Enjoy!

 


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KatPaints wrote
on 1 May 2012 8:18 PM

very good visuals to get your point across.