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For a painting to be beautiful, both unity and variety must be present in the composition.


Dear <<First Name>>,

Today's note is about thinking how the beautiful can be found in art and what are its fundamental elements.  I gleaned this note from a favorite book, The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed 

1.  Art Theory - Beauty
The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed 
Ch 10: Rhythm, p 134, 135
Beauty contains both aspects of unity and variety, but often falling on the side of having more unity in the rhythm of form.  

And "an excess of variations from a common type is what I think we recognise as ugliness in the objective world" (p. 134)

"Mere prettiness is a little difficult to place, it does not come between either of our extremes, possessing little character or type, variety or unity." (p. 135)

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As artist's, I believe we naturally know what is beautiful, however I also find it helpful to have some more defined explanations of what beauty is when compared to mere prettiness or the decorative.  This is helpful for when you are working on a painting and things might be just a bit off. 

If you sit with a painting and investigate what is missing or what needs to be changed to make the piece stronger, knowing how to identify the extremes and also the decorative, you have the tools in your tool kit to move your art to a higher level of expression. 

Strive for unity in a painting, as unity is important in conveying a cohesive idea.  However, some variety must be added so that the piece does not become boring with too many unifying themes.  

Next month is the start of a new season of painting classes.  In addition, I will be teaching a two-day workshop focused on painting metals. 

 

Workshop

 

Painting Silver and Pewter with Oils

Join in on a 2-day intensive workshop focusing on capturing the dynamic and reflective glory of silver and pewter.  Painting metals asks you the artist to observe with intention while also seeking ways to simplify and abstract the color shapes seen.  Demonstrations will be given each day, with the first day focusing on laying in the base layers of oil paint, and the second day will show how to apply transparent and opaque glazes to further heighten the shine and visual depth found in silver and pewter objects. All levels are welcome.

TAUGHT AT THE ARTS OF GREAT FALLS, SEPTEMBER 18 & 19, 2019 FROM 10:00AM TO 4:00PM

Weekly Art Classes

 

Floral Still Life with Oils

This class concentrates on capturing the natural beauty found in flowers and the vases they partner with, working directly from life using oils. Specific lessons will cover all aspects of painting with flowers, learning to work with the individual characteristics of the different flowers available for each season as well as working to capture the silver, pewter or glass vases they are in.  Alla-prima painting techniques will be taught and demonstrated to emphasize the importance of color and form when expressing the unique beauty found in flowers.  All levels are welcome, however some experience with oil painting and accuracy in drawing will garner more realistic representations.  Supply list provided upon request or with registration.  *During the growing season, flowers will be provided from the instructor’s garden. During the offseason, a flower supply fee will be collected to purchase fresh flowers.

TAUGHT AT THE ARTS OF GREAT FALLS, WEDNESDAYS FROM 1:30 TO 4:30PM
 


Still Life with Oils

This class concentrates on capturing the beauty found in simple things, elevating them into something more significant.  Still-life painting is fun in all aspects, whether you are exploring color, value, and composition, or whether you want to investigate how to paint the different textures and patterns found in objects, such as the shiny reflections of glass or the variegated colors found in a Macintosh apple.  Setups are designed to teach painting fundamentals such as: seeing the big shapes, analyzing value shifts, controlling edge quality, and color mixing.  All levels are welcome. 

TAUGHT AT THE ART LEAGUE IN ALEXANDRIA, VA, TUESDAYS FROM 9:30AM TO 12:30PM
 

 

Copyright © 2019 eLIZabeth Floyd Fine Art, All rights reserved.
 

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