Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35246] Re: composition (Sharri LaPierre)
  2. [Baren 35247] Latest Prints ("Harry French")
  3. [Baren 35248] Re: Original Image or reverse? (ArtfulCarol #
  4. [Baren 35249] composition (Linden Langdon)
  5. [Baren 35250] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 10:47:56 -0800
Subject: [Baren 35246] Re: composition
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David H. mentioned language in an email off forum and it make me
think about the visual arts as a "visual language", which of course,
it is. I'm wondering now, as I mull this about in my punkin head
today, could we be the equivalent of "English Majors" and relish the
language for what it is, while others may only have a nodding
acquaintance with it, which includes most native speakers. (I'm
using English only because that is my native language, but you can
substitute Romanian, Russian, Latvian, Italian, French, Spanish - I
don't wish to alienate anyone). So, being the sensitive people we
are known to be, maybe we are just more aware of the visual language,
consciously or unconsciously, and we pick up on good composition/bad
composition issues more than others.

That's my thought for today,

PS I can't seem to get my blog to show on the Forum. I've recently
put my latest contribution up at if
you'd care to have a look. It is not a woodblock - it is multiple
solarplate. I toyed with woodblock, but ran out of time!
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Message 2
From: "Harry French"
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 20:54:05 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35247] Latest Prints
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Greetings to you all,
Please take time from your cerebral thoughts on composition to look at my latest woodprints created from memory and sketches in the Berlin Kulturforum last month.
Latest Prints :
All the best,
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Message 3
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2008 16:17:22 EST
Subject: [Baren 35248] Re: Original Image or reverse?
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Julio asked about whether a reverse image may be a better composition than
the original.The original concept almost always wins out, and it should,
because that's where the choices were thought out.

I want to mention the mirror method. There are surprises. Put a mirror in
front of the original and it will be an immediate critic.It will show
compositional issues that weren't apparent before. It works. I've been using it for
drawings of hands, faces, houses, landscapes (and feet!).

Just now I went around the house with a mirror seeing pictures with the
reverse view. Then I went in the studio and did the same, plus turned the
images upside down. That focuses the judgement when seen in another way..
It's fun and gives something to think about.

Once I picked up a piece of my art after an exhibit and the judge said it
would have gotten the prize if it was hung vertically. I had placed the main
shape of this somewhat abstract picture right in the center and on the top.
Evidently it didn't bother me.

After that I often asked my art group when discussing art, "Does it bother
you that the interest is right in the middle?" Robert Blackburn once told
me-- "Gut feeling"
Enough said--
Carol Lyons
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Message 4
From: Linden Langdon
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2008 13:10:01 +1100 (EST)
Subject: [Baren 35249] composition
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Some very interesting points about composition and I just wanted to add a bit about the subliminal influence that was mentioned. This is kind of part of my study area - the suggestion that events - trauma - becomes a subliminal sense memory that influences how a person will view things. So colour, or composition can be read in different ways without any acknowledgemnt of the actual memory of such an event. Art then becomes a transactive communication with these sense memories inherent in it despite the actual illistrative qualities. Jill Bennett has written a book about it, and you can read the first chapter online - which is really fabulous I reckon!
Apart from that I can't say that our university taught anything much about composition in printmaking, but in graphic design I think it has a lot of rules that are suggested and named. I have been very slack with my lino and wood cut - that will have to change - definately tomorrow - I really enjoy reading everyones posts and seeing the fabulous prints!
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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 5 Mar 2008 04:55:32 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35250] 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. (44 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Mecca (Mohammed) - Final


Site Name: Artist Printmaker on line

Author: ainesse
Item: Night of 1,000 Drawings - Irving Sandler NY


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