Monday, May 2, 2011
Encyclopedia of dumb design ideas
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF DUMB DESIGN IDEAS
Here is a dumb design idea. Placing something so that it stands right on the frame, like this tree, is a dumb design idea. The reason why it doesn't work is that it connects the frame and the painting together in an unnatural relationship. The two are merged, rather than the frame sitting separately and marking the picture off from the rest of the world, like an unprincipled journalist, the frame has made itself part of the story.
Tangents, or meeting points of lines that draw undo attention to themselves are a known problem, I guess I should do a post on those, but a tangent with the edge of the canvas is an unspeakable horror.
So don't stand trees, little guys, houses or whatever, on the frame. Throw those footlights, the beginning of the picture, out far enough that you don't have this problem. Foregrounds are tricky and the further from your feet yours begins, the easier it will be to make a convincing job of it.
I was going to write on Manet tonight, but folks in the comments urged me to read The Judgement of Paris, about Manet and Meissioner, so I ordered it from Amazon and bought the rush shipping. It is the new book and all of my references are old, so I will get back to you on that soonly.