So I will share with you my research and realizations. It's ironic how my road paintings are my vehicle to move in this direction. (heehee)
The Japanese introduced a whole different way of looking at composition. Some of their devices were:
*the extreme vertical
*truncation of major parts
*use of large empty space
*very high or very low viewpoints
*a many paneled painting (while this was not new -think Giotto, Piero della Francesca or the Ghent altarpiece by the van Eycks)
In my next post I will talk more about these and the whys. Till then....