Proximity Alert! Part II

follow url While my last paper focused on considerations of proximity in regards to perceived shape, size, curvature, etc., my aim here is to examine the impact of proximity on perceived values and value relationships. I have often heard art teachers tell students to step away from their drawings/paintings during their process so that they may better… Continue reading

Proximity Alert!

see url One of the more insidious pitfalls that can plague both the novice as well as the seasoned observational representationalist is a failure to adequately consider the role of observational proximity. This issue is especially insidious in that it can pounce even when an artist has successfully communicated every measurement and observed proportion with great accuracy,… Continue reading

Color, the Pitfalls of Intuition, and the Magic of a Potato. “This isn’t my first rodeo.” —Guy at his second rodeo A pioneering Italian polymath once wrote, “I think that tastes, odors, colors, and so on are no more than mere names so far as the object in which we locate them are concerned, and that they reside in consciousness. Hence if the living creature were… Continue reading

A Short Point on Deliberate Practice… One common argument against the potential contributions of deliberate practice is: “I have been doing such and such (insert any activity) for many, many years and I am nowhere near close to anything I would consider expert-level performance.” The short rebuttal to this is that engaging in an activity (no matter how often or for… Continue reading

Visiting the Valley.

acquistare viagra generico 50 mg consegna rapida a Firenze One particularly fascinating perceptual/cognitive phenomenon that continues to garner careful study in my fields of interest is one that seems to target those that aspire to create what I will refer to as “high-definition realism” (HDR-not to be confused with high-dynamic range.)  In fact, this phenomenon easily has the power to lead a meticulously crafted… Continue reading

A Rose by any other Color… This time it is a photograph of strawberries that appear to be veiled behind a digital curtain of cyan:What may come as a surprise to you is that there is indeed no “red” within this image. So why do we perceive red within this picture? Generally speaking—color constancy. Popularized on social media via the 2015… Continue reading

Perception and the Ever-Elusive Ellipse. For many visual artists, the ellipse remains one of the most challenging shapes to draw or paint successfully.  This deceptively simple, symmetrical oval has infuriated countless artists and continues to taunt us all with its smug elusiveness.  Ok, that might be a bit much—but if you have tried to draw one of these closed symmetric… Continue reading

Finale: A Primer on Pictorial Composition. (Part VII) Note: It is highly recommended that you read So What’s With Jane already? A Primer on Pictorial Composition. (Part I) , “To the makers of music – all worlds, all times.” A Primer on Pictorial Composition. (Part II) , Henri Breuil and Alfred Yarbus Walk into a Bar…A Primer on Pictorial Composition. (Part III), A… Continue reading