Category Archives: Notes

Colour composition – 10

Colour composition – Exploration of colours – knowledge of colours. Colour Theory. If we imagine knowledge of colours to be like a map, and the example of mixing colours like a route finder, then the following can be seen as a travel guide. Here you can experience or find something that someone else has already discovered. Cold and… Read More »

Mixing colours – from the notebook – 9

The art of mixing colours, colour theory, visual impressions, colour harmony, colour symbolism, paint, colours of the rainbow and the emotion of colour. The visual impression of colour. A normal non colour-blind person can understand approximately 10 000 shades of colour. People who work professionally with colour such as designers or artists can see double the amount of… Read More »

Technical aids – from the notebook – 6

Technical aids – Overhead projector, pantograph, checkered paper, photography and Camera Lucida. To use originals and technical aid is nothing new. Various methods have been used throughout the whole history of art. If you believe this is cheating or not is a totally individual viewpoint. To create art is not about making it as hard as possible for… Read More »

Common mistakes – 5

Common mistakes, pop-ups, rhythm, variation, cuts, dynamic and balance. Common mistakes and pitfalls Here we will show you some common mistakes and give you advice on creating images. It is here to help create possibilities for problem solving. Within all art areas there are also artists who have done the opposite with successful results. You should not see… Read More »

Volume, shadows, depth – 4

Volume, shadows, depth, modules, details, blurring and an image composition. Composition – Shadows create volume Shadows are important and space creating. Sometimes shadows can explain volumes much better than the object itself. A flat circle becomes a ball through the appearance of a shadow. Example: Edgar Degas (1834-1917) Modules create space Modules with a similar shape, but in… Read More »

Drawing and shadows – 3

Drawing, shadows, material, right brain, basic concepts and sight-size drawing. “If you hold up my work next to a drawing done by a specialist of a weaving chair, you will find that my work will show you that it is made out of oak and has been stained by sweaty hands… Hold my work next to this drawing… Read More »

Image composition – 2

Image composition, stable, instable, diagonal, powerful and spiral composition.   Stable A triangle with its base pointing down is the most stable picture composition. This was very common during the Renaissance. Example: Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (1683-1754) Instable A composition based on a triangle with the base pointing upwards will be considered instable. This can be a way to… Read More »

Negative Space, Perspective – 1

Intersecting of lines, Perspective, The Golden Ratio, Negative Space, Positive Shapes. About art from the notebook is meant to be a resource to solve problems, to analyse paintings or to investigate how artists have composed their work. The most important thing to do when creating images is to move from depicting to creating an image. This means that… Read More »