Art Quote of the Day

VARIETY

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!

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Art Quote of the Day

” Kandinsky is painting music.  That is to say, he has broken down the barrier between music and painting and has isolated the pure emotion which, for want of a better name, we call the artistic emotion.  Anyone who has listened to good music with any enjoyment will admit to an unmistakable but quite indefinable thrill.  He will not be able, with sincerity, to say that such a passage gave him such visual impressions, or such a harmony roused in him such emotions.  The effect of music is too subtle for words.  And the same with this painting of Kandinsky’s.  Speaking for myself, to stand in front  of some of his drawings or pictures gives a keener  and more spiritual pleasure than any other kind of painting.  But I could not express in the least what gives the pleasure.  Presumably the lines and colours have the same efect as harmony and rhythm in music have on the truly musical.  That psychology comes in no one can deny.  Many people- perhaps at present the very large majority of people – have their colour- music sense  dormant.  It has never been exercised.  In the same way many people are unmusical- whether wholly, by nature, or partly, for lack of experience.  Even when Kandinsky’s ideas is universally understood there may be many who are not moved by his melody.  For my part, something within me answered to Kandinsky’s art the first time I met with it.  There was no question of looking for representation; a harmony had been set up, and that was enough.”

Translator’s ( M.T.H. Sadler) Introduction to ,Wassily Kandinsky – Concerning the Spiritual in Art