Art Quote of the Day


Variety is the counterweight to harmony, the other side of organization essential to unity.  Although an artist might bring a work together with harmony, it is variety that imparts individuality, arousing the viewer’s curiosity and holding his or her attention.  It creates visual contrast – a separation of elements and images.  Like a good sheepdog that singles out one animal from the flock, the introduction of variety actively separates areas or images to make them more exciting and let them stand apart.

If an artist creates a work using a complete equality of visual forces, the work may feel static, lifeless, and unemotional. Visual boredom is a sign of an overly harmonious composition.  By adding degrees of variation, the artist introduces essential ingredients ( such as diversion or change) for sustaining attention.

Visual interest, then, results directly from adding variety to the composition.  Variety causes visual separation – a pulling apart of related elements or images, differentiating and disassociating the componenets.  This separation is achieved through the use of contrast and elaboration.

Art Fundamentals – Theory and Practice by Ocvirk,Stinson,Wigg, Bone, Cayton

As a teacher of 2-dimensional design, I emphasize the fact that Variety, as one of the unifying principals of design is important to the completion of a successfully designed image. If you go to my blogsite , then follow me on Pinterest you’ll find a board that is labelled , APPLES. I have a quote that , very early on I posted as a quote of the day, dealing with this idea. It goes something like this: Art is about making choices… take a simple subject like an apple. Is it red or green? shrivelled , bruised , fresh, is it the BIG APPLE or the apple that the witch gave Snow White? The quote goes on , but eventually points out that with each decision made about that apple you change the meaning of the art. I decided to use this ideas and collect images of apples and on my Pinterest page you’ll find numerous examples. Enjoy! And for your own amusement, pick a simple object and set to creating imagery using assorted media you may have, collage, pencil, paint, makeup, finger nail polish, anything and everything will work if you keep an open mind!


Art Quote of the Day

“Representational art does not begin with the object; it begins with the fascination a human being feels upon witnessing a portion of the world.  It is a fascination with the form, color, line, height, texture of the apple, not as apples grow, not as they taste, nor as they feel or smell, but from the single selected dimension of how they look from an aesthetic point of view.  Other people are also interested in the look of apples – horticulturists, anthropologists, chefs, greengrocers, nutritionists – but only the artist is interested in the  look of an apple from the specificd perspective of the evocative expressiveness of its form.  Is this not an abstraction, a mental event derived from a physical object?  And in this way all art is in its essential nature and motive,  abstract, in that its goal is not to re-create the thing in the world, but to portray a mental event (fascination) derived from a mind’s reaction to being witness to a segment of the world ( in this case , that segment called APPLE).

It is not quite accurate to say that the objective of art ( be it portrayed figuratively or “abstractly”) is to represent what happens to us as a consequence of encountering the world.  A fuller description of the task would be to say our aim is to discover what happens to us as we consider things.  This searching , active inquiry after what things DO  mean for us gives any work of art that deserves a second glance its fresh, just discovered look. The work has that appeareance because  it appeared in that way; in other words, it was discovered, and what we see as we contemplate the artwork is the act of a person just uncovering something of great personal importance.  What happens to us is not apples, what happens is feelings and thoughts, as outcomes of observation-which are a real as apples : not as tasty, but delicious nonetheless.”

No More Secondhand Art – Awakening the Artist Within by Peter London