Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35241] Re: composition (Charles Morgan)
  2. [Baren 35242] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4260 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 35243] Re: composition & #34 (Julio.Rodriguez #
  4. [Baren 35244] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V42 #4260 (Mar 3, 2008) (DADI #
  5. [Baren 35245] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 13:57:55 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 35241] Re: composition
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Well, there is some recent experimental evidence which suggests that facial symmetry is not a very strong factor in terms of perceived attractiveness. Here is the conclusion of a recent study.

The results from our experiment regarding 'symmetry' show that facial symmetry affects the perceived attractiveness. However, the effect is rather small and by far not as influential as it has been reported in the media. To sum up our findings: Very asymmetric faces are judged rather unattractive, but very unattractive faces are not necessarily asymmetric. And vice versa : very symmetrical faces need not necessarily be judged attractive and very attractive faces often show deviations from perfect symmetry (see report!). Based on our results, symmetry only seems to be a rather weak indicator for attractiveness. Often it is even difficult to distinguish between the original and the perfectly symmetrical version, because irregularities in shape are rather insignificant. Therefore, the strong influence of symmetry that has been reported in the scientific literature over and over again is questionable.

A more detailed discussion can be found at:

Various points of view, with references to some of the literature, are available at:

Cheers ...... Charles
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 14:00:03 -0800
Subject: [Baren 35242] Re: Baren Digest (old) V42 #4260
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Ahh the straight line. That is why I love drawing flowers and people,
things from nature. They have flowing curves, not straight lines. I must
admit to a fascination with spider webs, tho.

Is this discussion about composition highly related to right brain - left
brain function??? I get teased a lot because I seem to be in a trance so
often, Ha!!!

It is like sitting with a sketch book and just letting things happen. Annie
you did hit on something.

But, as artists we do often see differently than others. I have a dear
friend in Washington who is not an artist. We stood in our back yard and
looked at the mountains in the distance and I remarked on the colors and
shapes they made. He just did not "see" it at all. So, I have to wonder
when we view art if we do not "see" it differently as well???

Enjoy the gift of composition and the child like ways that we are allowed to
be when we creat.
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Message 3
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 16:43:57 -0600
Subject: [Baren 35243] Re: composition & #34
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With this thing we do......relief printmaking......I sometimes find it
challenging when working with a drawing as to which is more pleasing for
me or offers better compositional values: the original image or the
reverse orientation as needed to create the matrix for the print. Does
anybody else finds this an issue ????
I often make a reverse Xerox of the image and study both to see which I
find more appealing.....I usually end up carving to obtain the original
orientation as pictured in my mind....must be some lingering loyalty to
the original conceptual process that almost always wins out in the end.

Kudos to exchange coordinator Mary Kuster for the beautiful colophon for
Baren Exchange #34 and to the many participants for their outstanding

Julio Rodriguez (SKokie, Illinois)
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Message 4
From: DADI #
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 19:24:31 EST
Subject: [Baren 35244] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V42 #4260 (Mar 3, 2008)
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On Composition: One of the great things about printmaking is that we get two
chances on the asymmetry.
Once drawing and carving on the block and the other when printing the
reverse image on the paper. I do a lot of narrative prints and things do change.

Dale Phelps, Waterloo, IA
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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 4 Mar 2008 04:55:47 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35245] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (43 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: mLee Fine Art

Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: Repetition - Sewing

Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: Doing it All?


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