Sunday, August 8, 2010
field of queen anne's lace
Every painting must first start with a notan. It determines the design of the painting. To make this one work I had to make many adjustments to what I saw. I did that in the black and white notan first.
The horizontal nature of all the lines (I saw) would not be pleasing. So many areas needed changes and the vision lines moved. Movement through the picture plane is important. I made one part of the violet tree line high, one part low. (It was a straight line) The edge where the trees meet the grass has differences- the left side has strokes and right side doesn't. The foreground movement has similar adjustments of high and low, dark and light.
The next thing the notan decided was how the eye would travel: focal point- the exciting place where the tree and violet tree line meet moves to the bottom flowers to grass in right upper corner. An unequal triangle. Three points make good travel.
Notans are so important- they make your plan work. Accidents and spontaneity are wonderful, but they need to be in a working plan.
On a sad note- I return to my home tomorrow. I will miss Washington State and all its glory. I will return next year.